Change afoot at the Queensland Guild

Chris Owen.

Chris Owen is now Acting President and Amanda Seeto Acting Vice-President and Acting National Councillor for the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch

The newly elected President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Professor Trent Twomey, congratulated Chris Owen and Amanda Seeto on their new senior leadership roles.

Professor Twomey said the decision to take on the role of National President was made easier with the knowledge that the Queensland Branch was in such capable hands.

“Over the years, I have worked very closely with both Chris and Amanda,” said Prof Twomey. “I know they will both pour everything they have into these new roles, just as they have done in the past.

“I have every confidence that they will continue to focus on our members, supporting them to work to their full scope of practice, and working to embed community pharmacy as a key element in Queensland’s primary health infrastructure.

“Chris Owen sits on the National Council Board and has held the position of Vice-President of the Queensland Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia since 2017,” said Professor Twomey.

“In 2020 he was awarded the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch’s President’s Award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to community pharmacy and is also the immediate Past President of the Australasian College of Pharmacy.

Amanda Seeto.

“Amanda Seeto is a strong and passionate leader who has been working as a community pharmacist since 1998. She is a managing partner and Practice Support Pharmacist with the Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse Group and enjoys mentoring young pharmacists.

“Amanda has served two terms on the Queensland Branch Committee and has successfully advocated for community pharmacy’s role in a patient-centric health system.”

Professor Twomey said that both Mr Owen and Ms Seeto would be in their respective roles in an Acting capacity until the Australian Electoral Commission opens a ballot process over coming months.

“With any change, it’s vital for organisations to maintain a level of continuity,” said Professor Twomey.

“I’m sure that all Queensland Branch members join me in congratulating and thanking both Chris and Amanda in their new roles and also for their willingness to serve.”

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