Changes at the top

Michelle Bou-Samra has been named the new president of the Australasian College of Pharmacy, as Chris Owen steps down to spend more time on other pharmacy industry duties

Community pharmacist Michelle Bou-Samra has been chosen to head up the Australasian College of Pharmacy (ACP), with outgoing president Chris Owen praising the College’s choice of replacement.

“Ms Bou-Samra has been involved at all levels in the pharmacy industry for almost 30 years and is a well-known Fellow of the College,” said Mr Owen.

“I have every confidence that the College will continue its ‘excellence in education’ mission and will continue its renaissance under Michelle’s leadership.”

A practising community pharmacist and business consultant, Ms Bou-Samra is the Strategic Advisor to the Fullife Pharmacies group and partner stores. She is also a Director for the Fullife Foundation, a charity that funds and supports projects to improve the health of women and children in Ethiopia.

“Ms Bou-Samra is a highly impressive candidate known for her collaborative leadership style. We’re sure she’ll bring a wealth of experience to the College and further enhance the value of membership for years to come,” said Mr Owen.

Ms Bou-Samra said she is “honoured and excited to have been selected to lead the Australasian College of Pharmacy through its next era of excellence in pharmacist and pharmacy industry education”.

“I am determined to continue the College’s momentum as an independent educational provider, which is resonating strongly in the market. My mission is to lead the College to even greater things for our members,” she said.

Mr Owen, who was in the role since June 2019, recently informed the Board of his intention to resign from the position of President to spend more time on his other pharmacy industry duties and the Owen Pharmacy Group.

“Chris has been a vital driving force behind the College’s recovery and growth. We sincerely thank him for his service and his absolute dedication to the College’s mission of educational excellence,” said Rick Xynias, ACP Deputy President.

ACP said that under the “careful and diligent leadership” of Mr Owen, the College has been stabilised and is growing.

During 2020, ACP said it saw increased membership, greater member engagement levels, produced an industry-leading CPD guarantee, gained state-based funding contracts and admitted more Fellows to its ranks.

In an additional change to the leadership team, the Board also noted the resignation of CEO Kathy Knack, as she leaves to pursue a family business opportunity.

Ms Knack will continue to serve as a Director of the College. The Board has commenced a comprehensive recruitment process for a new independent CEO.

“Kathy has been instrumental in the College’s turnaround and modernisation journey. We could not have done it without her,” said Mr Owen, outgoing ACP President.

“Kathy’s business and pharmacy education skills have meant that she’s been at the forefront of pharmacy education for nearly two decades.

“Her contribution can be measured by the thousands of people who now enjoy employment across the pharmacy industry.”

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1 Comment

  1. Debbie Rigby

    Congratulations Michelle. So refreshing to see a woman in an organisational leadership position.

    “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” RBG

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