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A new leadership team has been elected to head up the Australian College of Pharmacy

A new president and executive have been elected to steer the Australian College of Pharmacy in 2019/20, following elections in late June.

The new president is Chris Owen, with Rick Xynias elected as vice president. Both Mr Owen and Mt Xynias are members of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Queensland branch committee.

As a result of the election process, the Executive of the College comprises:

  • President: Chris Owen
  • Vice President: Rick Xynias
  • Director of Finance: Matthew Harris
  • Executive member: Dr Treasure McGuire (outgoing president)

The newly elected president, Mr Owen, is a pharmacist with over 10 years’ experience in in operational and strategic management roles within the healthcare industry.

A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he brings his experience to the College in corporate governance, compliance and risk management, the College said in a statement.

Chris Owen, new president of the Australian College of Pharmacy

Mr Owen said he was thrilled to be appointed to the College executive and welcomed the new executive committee.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing President Dr Treasure McGuire for her service and contribution to the College, both as a board member and President.

“I would also like to thank outgoing board members Sue Holzberger, Des Williams and Marina Holt for their contribution to the College and in supporting exceptional education for pharmacists”.

Pharmacy Guild of Australia acting national president, Professor Trent Twomey, also welcomed the appointment of the new executive members of the College.

In a statement, Professor Twomey, a past College president, said: “On behalf of the Pharmacy Guild, I would like to officially welcome the new members of the board, and recognise the contribution of outgoing President Dr Treasure McGuire for her ongoing dedication and service to the College as both President and Board Member.”

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