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Joanne Kissane re-appointed as PSI President

June 18, 2020

At the online meeting of the PSI Council on 18 June, the Council re-elected Joanne Kissane as President and Michael Lyons as Vice-President of the PSI. The appointments are effective immediately.

The President and Vice-President of the PSI are office holders as designated under the Pharmacy Act 2007. They are elected for a one-year term and may hold office for up to two years. Both Joanne and Michael will serve a second term in these roles.

Joanne Kissane has served on the PSI Council since 2015. She is a graduate of the School of Pharmacy, Trinity College Dublin and has worked as a community pharmacist, then superintendent pharmacist for seven years, for the Lloyds Pharmacy group. She 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 holds a Masters in Quality and Safety in Healthcare Management from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Michael Lyons has been a PSI Council member since 2017. Michael is a dual-qualified pharmacist and barrister. He received a Master of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kent in 2011 and 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. Alongside his brother, Michael owns and operates Lyons Family Pharmacy in Fermoy, Co. Cork, where he is the superintendent pharmacist. Separately, Michael also provides expert scientific reports for legal cases and has appeared before the Central Criminal court providing independent expert evidence.

The President and Vice-President will continue, with the 21-member Council, to oversee the ongoing work of the PSI, including supporting national response efforts during the Covid-19 public health emergency, aimed to ensure that the necessary support and engagement is in place with pharmacists and pharmacies for continued safe and effective provision of pharmacy care and services to the public. The Council is currently overseeing the final year of its Corporate Strategy 2018-2020, and in the process of developing its future strategy objectives, remaining focused on assuring public trust in pharmacy through effective regulation.

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