Professor Steve Howard.

After 35 years of service, Professor Steve Howard has announced his retirement as LloydsPharmacy superintendent effective on December 31.

Howard, who also serves as the clinical standards director at McKesson UK, will continue as a part time non-executive adviser to the firm, overseeing its collective clinical standards and governance procedures and processes.

A succession plan is in place and will be announced in the next few weeks, the pharmacy chain has said.

Howard started his career as a clinical pharmacist in hospital before joining Lloyds as a pharmacy manager. Since then, he served in various roles including as head of internal communications and director of training and development.

Toby Anderson, chief executive at McKesson UK, said:  “Steve has made a great contribution throughout his career with our business and I would like to say a huge thank you to him for his dedication, service, leadership and professional guidance over the years and in particular during the recent considerable period of change.”

A graduate of Manchester University, Howard is a fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and a Faculty Fellow. He also serves as a visiting professor at the University of Huddersfield and the University of East Anglia.

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