Guild National President succession plan
The National Council of The Pharmacy Guild of Australia – at its meeting in Canberra today – has appointed Victorian community pharmacist Mr George Tambassis to be the Interim Council
Nominee for the position of National President which becomes vacant in October.
Mr Tambassis has been the President of the Guild’s Victorian Branch since 2011. He is a working pharmacist with 25 years’ experience, who owns pharmacies in rural and suburban Victoria.
The current National President, Kos Sclavos, announced in April that he will step down in October. Kos will continue to be the National President until his retirement from the post, at which time National Council will formally appoint his successor.
The purpose of appointing an Interim Council Nominee is to provide a smooth transition whereby the nominated person has the opportunity to build networks with Members and stakeholders. It is intended that the nominee will spend considerable time between now and October visiting the Branches, meeting pharmacy, political and other stakeholders around Australia, and building a strong relationship with the National Secretariat.
Mr Sclavos said: “I congratulate George on his appointment. As National President I have seen George’s collaborative approach at first hand. He has a passion for the ongoing viability of community pharmacy and the role of pharmacists.”
Mr Tambassis: “I am humbled by the responsibility that National Council has given me today. I am looking forward to receiving Members’ input, and to hearing any concerns they have, wherever they may be.
The Executive Director of the Guild, David Quilty, said: “I congratulate George on this important appointment and look forward to working with him for the benefit of Members and community pharmacy.