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NPA board member resigns to focus on chain’s ‘increasing challenges’

Noel Wicks is director of the 22-branch Right Medicine Pharmacy chain
Noel Wicks is director of the 22-branch Right Medicine Pharmacy chain

The National Pharmacy Association’s (NPA) board representative for Scotland has resigned, citing his contractor commitments and personal circumstances.

Noel Wicks is the second member to step down from the board this year, following the resignation of south England representative Mike Hewitson in April in protest at the appointment of wholesaler director Nitin Sodha as chair.

Mr Wicks told C+D last week that he had resigned “with sadness…due to the increasing challenges of running an expanding community pharmacy group, as well as some unanticipated changes in our family circumstances”.

He left his Scotland post on August 31, he said, to focus on his role as director of Right Medicine Pharmacy, which has 22 branches across Scotland.

“I know the board will be keen to ensure Scottish representation is maintained and I’m looking forward to supporting my replacement in due course,” he said.

NPA chair Nitin Sodha said: “Noel will carry on working on one or two NPA projects, but without the demands of being a board member.”

The board is due to meet this week and “a discussion around the next steps will be on the agenda”, Mr Sodha added.

“Naturally we are sorry to see him leaving, but we thank him for his hard work and dedication.”

Would you consider running to be a NPA board member?

Sunil Patel, Pharmacy owner/ Proprietor

Mr Sodha, what is going on with the NPA?!

Ben Merriman, Community pharmacist

Thank you, Mr Wicks for your efforts.  Amazed that your former chairman feels himself able to remain a board member despite his responsibilities both as a director of a pharmacy chain AND a pharmaceutical wholesaler...

Peter Sainsburys, Community pharmacist

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