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New appointments to the PSI Council

June 20, 2019

Minister Simon Harris has appointed ten members to the PSI Council this week. The new appointments are Roy Hogan, Mark Jordan, Professor Brian Kirby, RCSI, and Geraldine Crowley, HSE. Fintan Foy, Graham Knowles, Ann Sheehan, and Paul Turpin have been re-appointed as public interest appointees, alongside pharmacists Muireann Ní Shuilleabháin and Joanne Kissane following their re-election.

Governance and oversight of the PSI, as well as a statutory judicial role, is provided by the 21-member Council. All Council members are appointed to the pharmacy regulator by the Minister for Health to act in the best interest of patients and public in the promotion of safe, appropriate pharmacy care and services.

The PSI Council has also elected a new President, Joanne Kissane, and a new Vice-President, Michael Lyons at its meeting on Thursday, 20 June.

Joanne Kissane was first appointed to the PSI Council in 2015. She graduated from the School of Pharmacy, Trinity College, Dublin in 2000. She is the Head of Operational Excellence for LloydsPharmacy Ireland Limited, and previously held the role of Superintendent Pharmacist for the group. She holds a Masters in Quality and Safety in Healthcare Management from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Michael Lyons is a dual qualified pharmacist and barrister, he received a Master of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kent in 2011. He began his pharmacy career as a support pharmacist in Cork and Dublin. Michael was called to the Irish Bar in 2016 after attaining a Barrister-at-Law degree at the Honorable Society of Kings Inns, Dublin. Michael opened a new retail pharmacy business in Co. Cork in August 2016 and is the superintendent pharmacist. Michael has been a PSI Council member since 2017.

Appointments are made to the PSI Council for a four- year term. The President and Vice-President of the PSI are elected for a one year term, and may hold office for up to two years. All appointments are effective immediately, with the Council continuing in its governing capacity to oversee the functions of the PSI, as the pharmacy regulator, to assure trust in pharmacy through effective regulation.

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