Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Pharmacy accolade boost for Gordons Chemist

The oldest and newest employees at a Northern Ireland's family-run pharmacy have been recognised for their contribution to the industry.

Neil Gordon has received a Fellowship of the Pharmaceutical Society.

Mr Gordon's interest in pharmacy began when he was aged 14, working Saturdays and holidays in his uncle's shop in Newry. After beginning studies at Bradford University in 1971, he went on to become a director at Connors Chemists not long after qualification, and then later moved to London to practice.

Neil came back to Northern Ireland and in 1980 he, and his brother Robert, purchased their first pharmacy in Donaghadee.

Gordons Chemists is now Northern Ireland's largest independent pharmacy chain with 52 stores across Northern Ireland and nine in Scotland.

Neil sits on the board of several pharmacy organisations and charities which includes his role as a trustee of The Lighthouse Trust. He also established the Donaghadee Community Workforce more than 30 years ago to assist long term unemployed in returning to work.

In awarding the fellowship, the judging panel cited Neil's success in business, as well as the range, breadth, depth and sustained service to the community beyond the role of community pharmacist.

He said he was overwhelmed to have received such an honour from his peers.

Meanwhile, pre-registration pharmacist, Helen Edwards from Armagh, currently based in Gordons Chemists, Armagh, was awarded a gold medal for achieving the highest overall mark in her final year at the University of Ulster, on her way to attaining a first class honours in Master of Pharmacy degree.