New APTUK president Liz Fidler (left) and vice
president Ellen WIlliams (right)

The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK's board of directors has announced appointments to the president and vice president posts following recent the nomination process.

Liz Fidler, associate dean – quality at Health Education England, who works across Kent, Surrey and Sussex, has been appointed as president. Liz has led many national projects for pharmacy technician development, including accuracy checking for community pharmacy technicians, securing funding for Pharmacy Integration Fund projects and is currently leading on the development of the new pharmacy technician qualification. Liz is a fellow of the Association and APTUK Pharmacy Technician of the Year in 2017. Liz has held positions on the Kent Branch Committee and was previously APTUK’s education officer, being instrumental in the development of the Foundation Practice Framework.

Ellen Williams, director of regional pharmacy training, South West Medicines Information & Training (SWMIT) has been appointed as vice president. Ellen has a wealth of pharmacy and strategic leadership experience with the education sector, is a Fellow of the Association and has made a significant contribution to APTUK, having previously held National officer positions of editor and events officer. 

The new president and vice president will take up their posts from 9 February 2019.

The appointments come following Tess Fenn’s decision to step down from the role as president, which was announced at APTUK’s annual conference in June 2018. The board of directors, have thanked Tess for her outstanding commitment to the Association, her leadership as president and for her dedication to advancing the role of the pharmacy technician profession in the delivery of patient-centred care.

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