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NPA names Cornwall contractor Nick Kaye as new chair

Nick Kaye has replaced Andrew Lane as the new chair of the National Pharmacy Association (NPA), the organisation has announced.

Mr Kaye, who part owns Hendra Pharmacy in Cornwall, will serve a two-year term after he was elected unopposed at a board meeting, the NPA announced today (April 24).

He replaces Andrew Lane, who announced in February that he was stepping down after almost four years in the role.

Read more: NPA to elect new chair as Andrew Lane steps down

It comes amid a period of change at the NPA, with its chief executive Mark Lyonette announcing his intention earlier this month (April 14) to retire from the membership organisation in 2024.


New NPA board 


Whitworth Chemists managing director and superintendent pharmacist Jay Badenhorst takes over from Mr Kaye as NPA vice-chair, the organisation also announced today.

Meanwhile, Medicare managing director and superintendent pharmacist Michael Guerin will continue in his role as treasurer.

Read more: NPA chief executive Mark Lyonette to step down

Ian Cubbin and Olivier Picard are the NPA board members nominated to join the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) board.

And Mr Lane will remain on the NPA's board for a further two years, the organisation clarified.


"Hard act to follow"


Commenting on his appointment, Mr Kaye said that Mr Lane would be "a hard act to follow". 

"As a third-generation community pharmacist, I feel very privileged to serve the sector that I love so dearly in this way," he said.

And Mr Badenhorst said that he was "very conscious of my duty to give my all to the cause" at a time when the community pharmacy sector in England "faces the prospect of collapse".

Pharmacy bodies have repeatedly warned that without greater funding for the sector – which has remained unchanged since 2019 – a greater number will be forced to close. 

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