New face on the board

Former Guild national president to take over as Chair of consultant pharmacist association

Former Pharmacy Guild of Australia national president George Tambassis is to be the new chair of the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (AACP).

In a statement issued this week heralding a series of changes to the AACP Board, it was announced that Mr Tambassis would be joining the Board and also taking over as its Chair from 1 October.

The AACP announced that two long-serving board members, including current chair Marc Apolloni, were stepping down.      

Mr Apolloni, from South Australia, said he would step down as Chair and resign as a Director, effective 1 October 2021.

Mr Apolloni said he was “very proud of the Board’s achievements during his 14-month tenure as Chair, considering the extraordinary stress on the organisation and the accredited pharmacist sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

During his time as Chair, Mr Apolloni has seen the number of AACP accredited pharmacists grow to its highest number in its history and a record percentage increase in the number of pharmacists undertaking the accreditation assessment process.

Also stepping down from the Board is long-serving director, Victorian accredited pharmacist Toni Riley. 

Ms Riley said “the 7CPA medication management programs, provided by accredited pharmacists, have an important ongoing role in contributing to improved health outcomes for those in the community and in aged care. I hope that they continue in the future!” 

Continuing Directors are Katie Hayes and Joe O’Malley from the PGA and Shane Jackson, Grant Kardachi, Stephen Carter, and Sue Edwards representing the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).

Mr Tambassis would bring experience to the Board as it addresses the challenges and opportunities facing accredited pharmacists, said AACP CEO Grant Martin.

“Mr Tambassis has 35 years’ experience as a community pharmacist on top of which he has held a range of national and international Board positions,” Mr Martin said.

“As National President of the Pharmacy Guild he led the negotiations for the successful implementation of two Community Pharmacy Agreements.”

“His clinical knowledge, combined with his experience across the whole pharmacy sector sees him extremely well placed to lead AACP during a period of evolution and change in the pharmacy sector.”

Mr Martin expressed his thanks to Mr Apolloni for his dedication to the AACP during his time as a Director and especially during his time as Chair, for ably leading the Board during the recent stressful years of the pandemic.

“I would like to also thank our retiring Board Director, Toni Riley, who has served on the Board representing the PGA on two occasions from 2006 to 2011 and then again from 2014 until 2021.”

“Ms Riley has given outstanding service to the board and her commitment over this time has been exemplary,” he added.


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