Helen Gordon will leave the RPS next year to become the Chief Executive of The Royal Society of Medicine. Helen remains in post at RPS until February 2017 and will join the RSM in March. A recruitment process for the new RPS CEO is now underway.

Helen joined the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in July 2010 and developed its role, work and impact as the newly dedicated professional body for pharmacists after the organisation split from its regulatory function that year.

Under Helen's leadership and direction the organisation has created a much stronger member and patient focused service that looks to improve patient care and public health through pharmacists.

Helen has championed the introduction of a professional development and recognition system for pharmacists, the RPS Faculty and Foundation programmes, published professional standards as well as guidance and has increased the profile and contribution of the RPS to international pharmacy. The organisation has gained greater recognition for speaking on behalf of the pharmacy profession, obtained a higher level of participation from patient groups and is actively working in collaboration with other Royal Colleges on initiatives that benefit patients. Helen also supported and drove change to reform the Pharmaceutical Press, the home of the BNF, to bring it into the digital age.