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PSNC announces antifraud CEO as replacement for Sue Sharpe

Simon Dukes, current CEO of fraud prevention service Cifas, will replace Sue Sharpe as chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) in May 2018.

Mr Dukes joined Cifas in 2013 and previously worked for the UK government in a "variety of roles and specialisms", covering counter-terrorism, cyber security and serious and organised crime investigations, according to the Cifas website.

Commenting on his new role, Mr Dukes said he is "looking forward" to developing the "community pharmacy service for the future".

"Community pharmacies perform a vital role for the citizen, and I am very pleased indeed to have been selected as the new CEO for PSNC," he added in a statement on the negotiator's website this morning (December 18).

Ms Sharpe – who in May, announced she would leave PSNC at the end of 2017 – said Mr Dukes' "experience and expertise from outside the health sector...will bring fresh thinking and strong leadership of the organisation".

"Unanimous" decision

According to PSNC chairman Mike Pitt, "a rigorous search and selection programme" was used to find Ms Sharpe's replacement.

"The appointments panel was unanimous in agreeing that Simon had all the qualities we were seeking, and would be the right person to lead the work of PSNC in the demanding environment community pharmacy faces," he said.

"The committee too approved the appointment unanimously, and we look forward to working with Simon."

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