Change at the top for PDL


L: Dean Schulze, R: Paul Naismith
L: Dean Schulze, R: Paul Naismith

Dean Schulze retires as PDL chair, Paul Naismith to take over

Dean Schulze has announced his retirement after six years as the chair of PDL.

Speaking at the PDL Annual General Meeting, on 26th October, Mr Schulze announced he was stepping down as Chair of the PDL Board and as Director for PDL in Western Australia.

“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such an outstanding team and Board who continue to contribute their diverse and valuable skills to leading the organisation and to maintaining the strong service ethic we have worked so hard to achieve,” Mr Schulze said.

Mr Schulze was appointed to the PDL WA Local Advisory Committee in May 1995 and as a director of the PDL board in July 2006. He was elected as the national PDL Chair in 2011.

“On a personal note I will miss everybody greatly, but I look forward to continuing my role with the Local Advisory Committee in WA and to maintaining the many valuable friendships I’ve made while working in the profession and during my six years as Chair of PDL,” he said.

Mr Schulze said he was “delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Naismith as the new Chair of PDL”.

“I am honoured to be have been elected to Chair PDL by the board of directors,” Mr Naismith said.

“For over 100 years PDL has provided Australian pharmacists quality PI cover, risk advice and support. I look forward to serving our members in a way that enables pharmacists to deliver innovative pharmacy services to their patients while feeling safe and supported by modern PDL PI cover and member services”. 

He paid tribute to Mr Schulze’s work for PDL and pharmacy, saying: “I wish to join with my fellow directors in thanking the retiring Chairman, Dean Schulze for his commitment and drive over the past six years as Chair which sees PDL in a strong position to serve our members well for the next 100 years.”

Mr Naismith is the CEO of Fred IT Group, as well as a practising pharmacist. In 1991 he collaboratively created the original Fred Dispense software. In 2009 he launched eRx Script Exchange, the first Australia wide electronic prescription service linking doctors and pharmacies. Paul is also Chair of the Australian Pharmaceutical Publishing Company and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Pharmacy Practice and Management.

Celia Sansom has been elected as the new WA director. Ms Sansom is a community pharmacist who has practised in Australia and England in the area of implementation of professional service models and is currently serving as a director on both not-for profit and corporate boards.

Meanwhile, Curtis Ruhnau has been re-elected as NSW PDL director.

“Celia Sansom is welcomed to the PDL Board as the new Director for WA and the re-election of Curtis Ruhnau as Director for NSW will provide stability at a time of organisational change,” Mr Naismith said.

“I am confident that PDL is well positioned to continue to deliver the high quality professional support that pharmacists have come to expect.”

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