Chief Executive Officer
Kath Gulson has a wide range of experience working across community pharmacy and local pharmaceutical committees (LPC).
She joined Community Pharmacy Lancashire as CEO, from Halton St Helens Knowsley LPC where she was a job share Chief Officer; having Chaired this LPC for a period of 9 years as a CCA representative from Boots. She has been the Vice Chair of Stockport LPC, sat on Ashton,Leigh and Wigan LPC and been a member of Community Pharmacy Greater Manchester (CPGM) as they worked with the Health and Social Care teams raising the profile and role of community pharmacy within the development of devolution.
Kath worked for Boots across the UK, in a wide variety of roles, from Pharmacist to General Manager, Area Management, and Healthcare Development including a community pharmacy based clinical trial, the Community Pharmacy Futures project, working with local authorities and with primary and secondary care healthcare professionals.
Kath truly believes in the power of the LPC network to really influence the role of community pharmacies and pharmacists both on the ground, and upwards, which is why she has been so heavily involved in the world of the LPCs.
On commencing her role as CEO, Kath said “The role of CEO is a great privilege, and I intend to continue the great work of Community Pharmacy Lancashire, and really drive and embed the role that our community pharmacies play in our localities; whilst helping others to see the potential and future opportunities that lie within the community pharmacy network.
We are facing into a challenging future, and I promise to make the voice of community pharmacy heard across the footprint to support our local communities”.
Service Development Manager
Nicola Feeney joined Community Pharmacy Lancashire in June 2017 as our Service Development Manager.
A Registered Pharmacy Technician, Nicola has extensive knowledge of both community pharmacy and primary care sector.
Nicola trained as a Pharmacy Technician in community pharmacy, before joining the then West Lancashire PCT as a Prescribing Support Technician. When the 3 Central PCT’s joined to create Central Lancashire PCT, Nicola moved to cover the Preston, Chorley and South Ribble areas of Lancashire.
Following the NHS re-organisation Nicola worked with Midlands and Lancashire CSU based in Greater Preston and Chorley South Ribble CCG as the Medicines Co-ordinator Scheme Lead, having key relationships with GPs and general practice staff, the CCG medicines management team, secondary care staff, community pharmacists, clinical commissioners, patients and the public, gained experience of working with PRINCE 2, and worked on projects with secondary care.
Nicola brings to CPL a wide range of experience and is focused on building closer links between community pharmacy and primary care. Looking at the central role that community pharmacy can play in delivering high quality, sustainable health and care services, so improving the health outcomes of our residents, and having our local community pharmacies as health and well-being hubs.
Barbara Bentwood began working with the former Central Lancashire LPC as secretary and administrator in 2002. Her role within Community Pharmacy Lancashire is to provide administrative support to the committee members and staff.