The General Pharmaceutical Council has appointed Laura Fraser, former clinical fellow for the Scottish chief pharmaceutical officer, as the new director for Scotland.

She began the new role on 2 September 2019, and was a member of the board of Community Pharmacy Scotland from June 2016, until her recent departure last month.

Laura will lead the GPhC’s work across Scotland and supports its commitment to regulating in a way that reflects the local context across Great Britain. A key component of this role is engaging with pharmacy professionals, pharmacy owners, the Scottish Parliament, patients and the public, education providers and other key partners.

Duncan Rudkin, chief executive of the General Pharmaceutical Officer, said that  he is "delighted" to welcome  Laura to the team, and that "The open recruitment campaign led to a strong field of candidates, and Laura’s experience across community pharmacy and more recently with the Scottish government will be an asset to the GPhC. I am looking forward to taking forward a number of key work programmes with Laura, ensuring that Scottish perspectives and stakeholder voices are represented across our work."