Janet Morrison has been named as the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC)’s new chief executive.
Morrison will start in the role on 1 March 2022. The position had previously been held by Simon Dukes, who stepped down in September 2021 after three years in post.
Morrison has most recently been chair of The Black Stork Charity. The charity promotes clinical rehabilitation for members of the Armed Forces and supports rehabilitative medicine more widely.
She is also former chief executive of the charity Independent Age, where she worked for 12 years, advocating for the needs of older people.
In 2020, Morrison co-founded the Campaign to End Loneliness, which seeks to address the problem of loneliness in older people. For her work in this area, Morrison received an OBE in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List.
In a statement published alongside the announcement of her new appointment at the PSNC on 4 February 2022, Morrison said: “Community pharmacies offer so much to the nation and play a vital role at the heart of their communities as so many of us have found out throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This work cannot have been easy for pharmacy contractors and their teams, nor those who support them, and I hope to learn more about their experiences very soon.
“I am looking forward to representing this vibrant and important sector to policymakers, as well as working to build wider recognition of, and better support for, community pharmacies.
“I know that [the] PSNC has a lot of difficult work ahead of it, including some possible changes to the way that it works on behalf of pharmacies, and I am excited about taking up these challenges.”
Following Dukes’ departure, the PSNC used executive recruitment consultants Odgers Berndtson to work on behalf of the PSNC’s appointments panel to recruit the new chief executive.
Panel members voted unanimously in favour of Morrison’s appointment, which was later approved by the full PSNC committee ahead of its meeting on 3 February 2022.
Sue Killen, chair of the PSNC, said: “The members of PSNC’s appointments panel — all of them either contractors or contractor representatives — were very cognisant of the importance of this role to the sector.
“The interview process, combined with Janet’s impressive career history, showed us that she has both a clear view of the job to be done, and the skills to influence and lead effectively on behalf of community pharmacy.”
Paul Bennett, chief executive officer of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), said: “[The RPS] congratulates Janet Morrison on her appointment as the new chief executive of PSNC.
“Janet has a wealth of experience in the fields of health and social care, and we very much look forward to working with her in the near future.”