Professor Peter Noyce CBE played a significant and active role in the development, leadership and management of CPPE since our inception in 1991. And it is with much sadness that we mourn the passing of Peter in June 2017. Here we mark his contribution to CPPE and our team.
Peter, already with a successful career in hospital pharmacy and the Department of Health behind him, arrived in Manchester in 1991 as one of the first professors in pharmacy practice in the UK, establishing the Drug Usage and Pharmacy Practice Group (DUPPG) at the University of Manchester.
He was head of this group throughout his career at Manchester (1991-2011), and he was head of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences for a four-year spell. He was integral to setting up the Pharmacy Practice Research Resource Centre (PPRRC) and the Centre of Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE).
Peter chaired our Executive Board throughout his time at Manchester. This was in close partnership with Mrs Jeanette Howe, who was our Department of Health link representative. Peter also acted as director from 2001 to 2005. He saw many changes at CPPE and closely supported each of the directors, Professor Alison Blenkinsopp, Dr Peter Wilson, Ms Ann Lewis OBE and Professor Christopher Cutts. Peter was also known for his wider support and help for the whole CPPE team across England. He stepped away from CPPE as our governance structures changed with the formation of Health Education England. After his retirement, he became a trustee for Pharmacist Support, taking on the role of chair in 2014, where he was able to support the close working between CPPE and Pharmacist Support.
He had many high-profile national awards and appointments, including member of the pharmacy panel for the national Higher Education Funding Council's (HEFCE) Research Assessment Exercises in 2001 and 2008, a UK Medicines Commissioner (2002-2005) and Government Professional Advisor (2007-2010) for the establishment of the new pharmacy regulator, the General Pharmaceutical Council. He was awarded the Charter Gold Medal of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (2002), and in 2008 was appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to healthcare in the UK. In 2009 he received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (Hon DSc) in recognition of outstanding achievement in pharmacy.
His University of Manchester colleagues, including our current director Professor Christopher Cutts, wrote ‘Peter helped shape the careers of countless people during his time at Manchester and he leaves behind a very meaningful and long lasting legacy in the students, professionals, researchers and teachers he mentored in his 25 year career as an academic. He was an outstanding leader, a true visionary, and he made going to work every day challenging, rewarding, and fun. He was generous with his time, and his advice, but he was also a great listener and offered quiet acts of true kindness. He had high standards and high expectations of those around him; he rarely failed to see the best in people, he inspired and took great pleasure in the achievements of others, and he was always the first to celebrate the successes of those around him’.
CPPE as an organisation and team was lucky to have been part of Peter’s career and legacy. We miss you, Peter.