New chief executive appointed

New chief executive appointed

December 18, 2020

We’re pleased to announce the appointment of Julia Powell as the new chief executive of Community Pharmacy Surrey & Sussex. Julia will take up the role in February, replacing James Wood who moves to a national role with PSNC in the new year.  

Julia will relocate from Lloyds pharmacy, where she is interim regional manager for Kent and Medway, to the Surrey and Sussex role early next year and will work with James Wood as part of the transition.

Sarah Davis led the recruitment team and processes on behalf of Sussex and Surrey LPCs

Sarah Davis, spokesperson for the Executive Committee of Community Pharmacy Surrey and Sussex, who led the recruitment process on behalf of Sussex and Surrey’s LPCs, said: “Our three local pharmaceutical committees have worked with James over the past few months to oversee a seamless transition to the next phase in our executive leadership. The fact that we have recruited from within the local community pharmacy sector is a credit to the talent on our doorstep. Julia has held senior and front line roles with Boots, Lloyds pharmacy and small pharmacy chains across the South East especially in Surrey and Sussex.

“As a former LPC committee member on all three of our committees and Kent LPC she has been on our radar for more than 20 years and was selected following a robust process overseen by our combined Board. We are confident that she has the right skill set and qualities to lead our local pharmaceutical committees into their next phase.”

Julia was one of five candidates, shortlisted from nine high-calibre applicants. Candidates were put through a process of a technical presentation, and a rigorous panel interview.

Julia, who joined Lloyds pharmacy earlier this year, said: “I am grateful for the trust placed in me by the LPCs and honoured to be appointed CEO at such an exciting time for community pharmacy. We will continue to deliver value to all 520 contractors across Surrey and Sussex while representing them collectively and individually, locally, fairly and responsibly.”

Julia Powell, new CEO will start with the LPCs in February 2021

Julia Powell

Julia has been employed within community pharmacy for over 25 years. She has worked for a number of organisations within senior management roles including Alliance Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy and other pharmacy groups in Swansea, Oxford and the South East. She has experience of working for all types of pharmacy businesses including Independent Pharmacies to large multiple groups. She gained strong management experience in leadership, tendering and contract management, working on a number of high profile and sector significant projects including the implementation of the Boots Anticoagulation Pharmacy Service in Brighton. 

In 2002 Julia first joined East Sussex Local Pharmaceutical Committee as a CCA member, then as her career moved forwards and her roles, responsibilities and territories changed, joined West Sussex, Surrey and Kent LPCs over the following years.   

She qualified as a pharmacist in 1993 after completing her pharmacy degree at Brighton University and she obtained a MBA in 2002.

 Away from work Julia currently lives in Kent and loves to travel in her spare time.  

More information

  • In 2018 the three LPCs in Surrey and Sussex combined forces to set up a central administration and operations function to help support contractors more effectively and better meet the expectations of external NHS stakeholders and other local organisations.
  • Community Pharmacy Surrey & Sussex is a mechanism to allow more effective collaboration between LPCs, pool resources and share costs as well as implementing initiatives of shared interest in common areas. It is governed by the CPSS Executive Committee, which comprises of the Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer from each LPC. Here’s our organisational chart.
  • Our constituent LPCs remain the legal entities but the new overarching team uses the trading name ‘Community Pharmacy Surrey & Sussex’ and all communications and business is delivered through one central office.
  • All change at CPSS – James Wood moves on as LPCs advertise for a successor


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