The Appointments Commission selected Robert Nicholls to chair the General Pharmaceutical Council from 2010.
The head of the 14-member General Pharmaceutical Council will earn £48,000 and the other council members will be appointed later in the year.
Mr Nicholls has almost 40 years’ experience in the NHS, working as a manager at hospital, district and regional levels. He is a past president of the Institute of Healthcare Management and was awarded the CBE for services to healthcare in 1995.
Mr Nicholls said: ‘It is exciting to be involved in the creation of a new organisation, particularly one aimed at improving patient safety and enhancing confidence in pharmacy, at a time when the vital role of pharmacists is being extensively developed.’
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