Diane Leicester-Hallam, one of the driving forces behind the charity Pharmacist Support, has been appointed director of member services at the Pharmacist’s Defence Association (PDA).

Hallam (pictured) arrives at the PDA having resigned from her position at Pharmacist Support where she oversaw an expansion of services and a 540% rise in the number of acts of support which went from 740 in 2008 to more than 4,700 in 2017. The independent charity raises funds for pharmacists and their families, former pharmacists and pharmacy students.

“Diane will add great value to our organisation and we are delighted that she is joining the PDA team. Diane is a well-respected and connected influencer who understands pharmacy,” said PDA director Paul Day.

“Helping members in times of trouble is something we will always do. We have a hard-earned reputation for helping pharmacists that face difficulty at work and every day we are resolving situations for many of our members so that they can get on with their lives.

“Thankfully at any given moment most of our members are not facing an immediate career threatening crisis and increasingly our activity must also be about helping them get on at work, develop their professional fulfilment and progress in their career.”

Hallam, who had been at Pharmacist Support since 2009, said: “I have seen the fantastic work done by the PDA to help pharmacists in their times of need. The PDA are a great organisation working tirelessly to improve the lives of pharmacists both individually and collectively and I am looking forward to joining the team at PDA and being part of this growing organisation.”

Pharmacist Support chair Anita Cawley said: “Diane has spearheaded the charity’s development over the last nine years and we wish her every success in her new position. We are delighted that our partnership with the PDA means we will continue to work with Diane in her new role.

“Supporting individuals facing difficult circumstances is the core of the charity’s work and we are extremely proud of the services we’ve developed and the support we offer to those within the profession. Our future strategy will be to ensure we continue to provide a unique set of services to our beneficiaries.”