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Lloyds superintendent pharmacist to retire after 35 years

A succession plan will be announced in the coming weeks, Lloydspharmacy said
A succession plan will be announced in the coming weeks, Lloydspharmacy said

Professor Steve Howard, LLloydspharmacy's superintendent pharmacist and clinical standards director at McKesson UK, will retire on December 31 after 35 years with the company.

A succession plan “is in place” and will be announced in the coming weeks, Lloydspharmacy said as it announced Professor Howard’s retirement yesterday (August 20)

Professor Howard started his career as a hospital pharmacist after graduating from the University of Manchester, before joining Lloydspharmacy as a pharmacy manager in 1985.

He will remain within the business in a part-time role as non-executive adviser to Lloydspharmacy’s parent company McKesson UK, overseeing collective clinical standards and governance procedures and processes.

Toby Anderson, chief executive of McKesson UK, said Professor Howard had “made a great contribution throughout his career with our business”, and thanked him for his “dedication, service, leadership and professional guidance over the years and in particular during the recent considerable period of change”.

Professor Howard is also a Royal Pharmaceutical Society fellow, as well as a visiting professor at the University of Huddersfield and the University of East Anglia.

What do you make of Professor Howard's retirement?

Paul Mcintosh, Community pharmacist

I worked with steve whilst he was running the Lloyds pre-reg program and he was the most inspirational pharmacist that I ever worked with. I wish him every success in his retirement.

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

Agreed. Thoroughly decent man all round and I wish him all the health and happiness in the future. 

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

To the thumbs downer - did you know Steve? I did, for more than ten years - he was my mentor when I first started out in this ill fated endeavour. If everyone were like him, pharmacy would be in a far better place than it is.

Danny TheRed, Community pharmacist

Probably tried to change his T&Cs, reduce his sickness benefit, stop any premiums , death in service benefit etc and he thought up yours

Freelance Chemist, Pre-reg Pharmacist

It's a shame, he was a nice man, humble. 
I suspect Lloyd's will now change in to a more ruthless place...

R A, Community pharmacist

"I suspect Lloyd's will now change in to a more ruthless place..."

I must have been working for a different company then?

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

They used to be good to work for. That all changed when Allen's brother screwed up the Supersave side of the business and it dragged the chemist with it.

Adam Hall, Community pharmacist

Yeah, 'cause they've always been so warm and cuddly....not!

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

You should have worked for them thirty years ago - I was near head-office, knew everyone (including Allen Lloyd himself) on first name terms and actually seriously enjoyed my job. How times have changed.

Danny TheRed, Community pharmacist

He was indeed and inspiring when in charge of pre-reg education 

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

LOVED the days of my pre-reg - free lunches at the White Lion in Atherstone on training days and fighting off the saturday girls with a stick! Happy days!

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