Council

  • staff pic Mr. Hugo Bonar Term ends: 20 June 2021

    Hugo is the Enforcement Manager of the Health Products Regulatory Authority. Prior to that, he served as a senior army officer with the Irish Defence Forces. He has extensive regulatory experience including as Chair of several regional and international groups involving health product regulators, law enforcement and industry. He represents the Department of Health at the WHO Member State Mechanism on S&F medical products. He has acted as an expert member for the development of the Council of Europe Medicrime Convention and for UNODC’s development of a Guide to drafting legislation on Fraudulent Medical Products. Hugo is an attorney-at-law (New York) and solicitor. He holds a B.A. (Public Administration), LL.B and MSc. (Forensic Psychology). He is a graduate of the Command and Staff School of the Military College of the Irish Defence Forces.

    Hugo has been appointed to the PSI Council as the HPRA nominee.
  • staff pic Ms. Nicola Cantwell Term ends: 20 June 2021

    Nicola is serving a second term on the Council of the PSI. She lectures on the Pharmacy Technician Course in IT Carlow and coordinates the work placement modules. She has worked in hospital pharmacy in St Colman's Rathdrum and veterinary pharmacy in Cooperative Animal Health, Tullow. She is now working as clinical governance pharmacist with Caredoc. She also works as a locum community pharmacist in the South East of Ireland.

    Nicola is a pharmacist appointee to the PSI Council.

  • staff pic Ms. Geraldine Crowley Term ends: 17 June 2023

    Geraldine is the Assistant National Director for Primary Care, Strategy & Planning (HSE). She studied in the University of Limerick and holds a Masters in Project Management and a B.A. (Public Administration). She has extensive experience working in the HSE, in her current role and previously, as Head of Planning, Performance & Programme Management in the Social Care Division. Recently, Geraldine has been involved in GP Contractual Reform and Service Development.

    Geraldine has been appointed to the PSI Council as a HSE nominee.

  • staff pic Ms. Dorothy Donovan Term ends: 15 May 2022 Dorothy, LL.B., LL.M., Barrister at law has fourteen years’ experience as a practising barrister and has spent a significant portion of this time dealing with regulatory law and professional negligence cases. She was a Council Member of CORU (The Health & Social Care Professionals Council) from 2010 to 2013. She was a Vice-Chair of the Employment Appeals Tribunal for 7 years.

    Dorothy has been appointed to the PSI Council as a public interest nominee.
  • staff pic Mr. Fintan Foy Term ends: 17 June 2023

    Fintan is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP). He is the former CEO of the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland and before that had worked for 18 years in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and held a number of senior management roles. Fintan has been involved extensively in setting up undergraduate medical schools and postgraduate training programmes in the Gulf, Middle East and South East Asia. At present, Fintan is Chairman of the International Medical Graduate Training Programme which is a partnership arrangement between the Health Services Executive of Ireland and the Forum of Irish Postgraduate Training Bodies to provide structured training for overseas medical graduates. He was appointed as Secretary to the Forum of Postgraduate Training bodies in June 2015. Fintan is serving a second term on the Council.

    Fintan has been appointed to the PSI Council as representative of the provision of continuing professional development in pharmacy.
  • staff pic Dr. Paul K. Gorecki Term ends: 15 May 2022

    Paul studied economics at Queen Mary College, London, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has lectured, advised and published extensively on competition and regulation, including on pharmaceutical pricing, pharmacy services, and third party drug reimbursement programmes in both Canada and Ireland.  Paul lectures, on a part time basis, in the Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin and at Concordia University, Montreal. Paul is serving a second term on the Council.

    Paul has been appointed to the PSI Council as a public interest nominee.
  • staff pic Mr. Roy Hogan Term ends: 17 June 2023

    Roy is a community pharmacist having graduated from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, before completing his training with the National Pharmaceutical Association in 1995. Roy worked as a locum and full time in a Dublin city addiction services clinic before acquiring his own pharmacy in Dublin in 2000, which he operates under the Life Pharmacy brand. Roy has served on the community pharmacy committee of the Irish Pharmacy Union for nine years and is a founding shareholder of Independent Life Pharmacy PLC (Life Pharmacy). 

    Roy is a pharmacist appointee to the PSI Council.

  • staff pic Mr. Mark Jordan Term ends: 17 June 2023

    Mark is a community pharmacist based in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Mark is part of the Pharmabuddy team, providing online resources for pharmacists, and host to the Pharmabuddy podcast. Mark also writes a monthly column as Gaeilge for the Irish Pharmacist. He is passionate about education, health and nutrition. 

    Mark is a pharmacist appointee to the PSI Council.

  • staff pic Prof. Brian Kirby Term ends: 17 June 2023

    Brian is Deputy Head of School (Programmes Innovation), and Associate Professor of Pharmacology in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. A pharmacy graduate and scholar of Trinity College, Dublin, he holds a PhD in neuropharmacology, and has undertaken post-doctoral research in the University of Oxford, investigating novel treatments for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Prof. Kirby joined the RCSI School of Pharmacy in 2003, and established the pharmacology teaching within the School. He was subsequently appointed Associate Professor in 2016. From 2011-2014, Brian was seconded to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as the foundation Lead in Clinical Pharmacology in the new RCSI Medical School at Perdana University. In 2017, Brian was appointed Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at University Putra Malaysia (UPM).

    Brian is a pharmacist appointee to the PSI Council.

  • staff pic Ms. Joanne Kissane Term ends: 17 June 2023

    Joanne graduated from the School of Pharmacy, Trinity College, Dublin in 2000 and worked as a community pharmacist with LloydsPharmacy until 2011 when she became Superintendent Pharmacist for the group, a role she held for seven years. Subsequently, she became Head of Operational Excellence where she was responsible for leading the implementation and management of a highly efficient, customer-centric store operating model. Joanne is currently the Director and National Coordinator for APPEL (Affiliation for Pharmacy Practice Experiential Learning) which manages the experiential learning placements of the integrated pharmacy programmes of the three Schools of Pharmacy in Ireland. She completed a Masters in Quality and Safety in Healthcare Management with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2017. Joanne is serving a second term on the Council.

    Joanne is a pharmacist appointee and President of the PSI Council.
  • staff pic Mr. Graham Knowles Term ends: 17 June 2023

    Graham originally trained as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in the UK. He held a variety of operational management and strategic roles in the NHS, including Acting Director of one of the largest Health Authorities in the Country. He has an M.Sc. in Care Policy and Management from London Guildhall University and an M.B.A (Health Executive) from Keele University. Until recently, Graham was the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Hospital Donnybrook. Graham is also currently serving as Chair of the Board of Directors of UL Hospitals. Graham is serving a second term on the Council.

    Graham has been appointed to the PSI Council as a public interest nominee.