Celesio UK Director awarded highest honour by Society

Steve Howard, quality and regulatory director at Celesio UK and superintendent pharmacist at LloydsPharmacy has been awarded Fellowship of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty for his dedication and leadership in the sector. 

Fellowship is awarded to members who have made an outstanding original contribution to the advancement of pharmaceutical knowledge or attained distinction in the science, practice, profession or history of pharmacy.  As Fellowships are based on nominations from other members, they signify the esteem in which the individual is held by his or her peers.


Achieving Faculty Fellow status within the Society is one of the most prestigious honours in pharmacy. The title is presented to pharmacists upon completion of a portfolio of evidence which is mapped and assessed at Mastery level in 34 individual competencies.


Alumnus of the University of Manchester, Steve Howard is one of the founding members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and has over 30 years’ experience in the field. He was appointed Visiting Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Huddersfield in 2013, and has a diverse career including several senior roles at Celesio UK ranging from operations, internal communications and leading the Training and Development department for over 10 years.  It has also just been announced that Steve has been appointed to an Honorary Professorship at the University of East Anglia School of Pharmacy commencing on 1st August 2016 for five years.


Commenting on his achievement, Steve Howard said: “I am both delighted and humbled to achieve this accolade.  It has provided me with an invaluable opportunity for accreditation as it is overseen by professional development experts from across the pharmacy profession.


“It is important for us as professionals to demonstrate our commitment to high standards so our patients can continue to place their trust with us.  The achievement also supports Celesio UK to demonstrate to our patients that we consistently strive for excellence across our healthcare provision.”


Cormac Tobin, managing director at Celesio UK commented: “We are extremely proud of Steve, he is an incredibly passionate and dedicated individual who acts with integrity and always puts patients first.  He is an excellent leader and role model to our colleagues and the profession as a whole.”


Steve Howard’s application covered each competency within the assessment three times with evidence spanning over the last ten years. His submission was also supported by three detailed Peer Review Assessments from external colleagues at GlaxoSmithKline and the University of Huddersfield.


The Faculty has various stages of recognition within its assessment, ranging from Experienced to Excellent through to Exceptional.  The final and Mastery level of the programme awards the candidate with Faculty Fellow status that is reserved for nationally recognised leaders in an area of expertise.  A panel of external experts assessed Steve’s application and awarded it at the highest level, presenting him with the highly esteemed title.