GPhC pays tribute to Nigel Clarke for his service as Chair

Nigel Clarke ends his term of office on 14 March 2022 after eight years of service 

The General Pharmaceutical Council would like to thank Nigel Clarke for his major contribution to pharmacy regulation and his focus on patient safety during his time as Chair.

During Nigel’s tenure he has overseen significant changes to how the GPhC regulates pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacies, to help drive improvements in pharmacy practice and protect patient safety. 

We are also delighted to welcome Gisela Abbam, who succeeds Nigel as the next Chair from 14 March. 

Chief Executive of the GPhC, Duncan Rudkin, said:

“I would like to pay tribute to Nigel for everything he has done to support continuous improvement and assure the quality and safety of pharmacy for the benefit of patients and the public. 

“During his time as Chair, Nigel has led the organisation through major reforms, including a review of the professional standards, the introduction of revalidation and the development of ambitious new standards for the initial education and training of pharmacists.

“We are particularly thankful for Nigel’s leadership in developing our Vision 2030. This ten-year vision which focuses on the difference we want to make, will be a lasting legacy, and one that we are proud to carry forward.

“Nigel will be greatly missed, but we are immensely grateful to him for his guidance and expertise over the last eight years. We know his work will continue to have a positive impact on pharmacy – for those working in the sector and for the public and patients using pharmacy services.”

Outgoing Chair of the GPhC, Nigel Clarke, said: 

“It has been a great privilege to serve as the chair of the GPhC.

“Over the last eight years I have seen pharmacies, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians playing an increasingly vital role in the health of the nation and I know that this will continue. 

“I am pleased to have played my part in shaping pharmacy regulation and the way safe and effective pharmacy care is delivered to patients and the public across Great Britain.

“I am sure that Gisela as the new Chair, with the support of the Council and staff, will take the organisation from strength to strength and achieve the aims set out in our Vision 2030, for the real benefit of patients and the public.”