The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s National president Trent Twomey announced that Suzanne Greenwood has given notice that she is stepping down as executive director of the Guild after four years in the role.
Ms Greenwood has led the guild working to shape its vision, mission and values and dedicating herself to improving health and wellness for all Australians. Ms Greenwood led the Guild throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and oversaw negotiations of the 7th Community Pharmacy agreement.
“The hope of community pharmacy is not a small ambition – Pharmacy Guild members strive for better health and wellness outcomes for all Australians. I’ve always been passionate about personal health being at the heart of healthy communities, and so it has been an honour and a privilege to have held the trust of Australia’s community pharmacists over my years at the Guild,” Ms Greenwood said.
“I’m extremely proud of everything we’ve achieved, especially our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Community pharmacy stepped up, kept their doors open and were there for patients.”
“I want to thank the vision-driven and inspirational team at the Guild for their hard work and dedication. A finer, more capable group of colleagues is unimaginable.
“Under the stewardship of Professor Trent Twomey, and immediate past President George Tambassis, I have enjoyed a remarkable chapter in my career and I thank them and all National Councillors deeply for their support and courage through turbulent times.
“I’ll be continuing in my role supporting the Guild until late November as we work with the government to navigate a path forward to ensure the viability of community pharmacy in the face of the proposed 60-day dispensing policy.
“I look forward to genuine engagement from the government to negotiate an 8th Community Pharmacy Agreement.”
National President Professor Trent Twomey said Ms Greenwood would be much missed by everyone at the Guild.
“Suzanne is a class act. She’s been the driving force behind so many important reforms for the Guild and, remarkably – even after the pandemic – is leaving the organisation in a stronger position than she found it,” Professor Twomey said.
“On behalf of everyone at the Guild, and the thousands of community pharmacies we represent, I want to thank Suzanne for all her efforts and wish her all the best for her next chapter.”
Ms Greenwood will finish at the Guild on 24 November 2023.