Director and National Coordinator of APPEL
Aisling registered as a pharmacist in 1999 and obtained her MSc in Community Pharmacy in 2014. Her pharmacy practice experience includes six years as a pharmacy owner and employment with both independent pharmacies and multiples. She held several positions in healthcare education, pharmacy practice development, continuing professional development and programme management before taking up her role as Director of APPEL, which was established to manage the experiential learning placements of the three Schools of Pharmacy in Ireland. She is currently undertaking an MSc in Leadership, has a diploma in public relations and certificates in assessment and quality assurance of the assessment process.
Head of Information and Technology, IPU
Alan is responsible for data protection, medicines authentication, ICT strategy and coordinating the implementation of IT services with the IPU. Secretary to the Community Pharmacy Committee (CPC) IT Strategy Group, Alan is also responsible for identifying current and forthcoming IT opportunities, investigating how technology will facilitate future activities, participating in the national eHealth agenda and advocating the IPU’s technological standpoint.
Assistant National Director, Primary Care Reimbursement and Eligibility
Anne Marie Hoey is Assistant National Director for Primary Care Reimbursement and Eligibility. Anne Marie was appointed to lead a change management programme at the National Medical Card Unit in late 2014 and also assumed responsibility for Reimbursement in October 2015. Anne Marie previously held the position of Area Manager for Dublin North with responsibility for primary care services, services for older persons, disability services, mental health services and acute hospitals. Prior to that, Anne Marie was the Local Health Manager for Co. Louth. She also holds a B.Sc. in Health Services Management.
Entrepreneur and Founder / Chief Executive of Camile Thai Kitchen
Brody is founder and Chief Executive of Camile Thai Kitchen – a gourmet restaurant delivery business that he set up in response to changing eating habits, brought about by increased use of the internet at home. Camile operates in Dublin, Belfast, Limerick and London. He is also the author of Small to Tall – How to grow your business from its Entrepreneurial roots training programmes, based on his best-selling book of the same name. Designed specifically for entrepreneurs and business owners, he shares the valuable lessons he has learned from building a business from scratch over 20 years.
Brody has experienced the highs and lows of creating a global brand as he was founder, CEO and Chairman of O’Brien’s Irish Sandwich Bars, a global business with sales and operations in 14 countries, employing 3,000+ in over 320 stores and sales of €140 million. He successfully built an international brand selling products with the concept of “Irishness” to various cultures in Europe and around the world.
He is a board member of Bord Bia, and Chairman of the award-winning Little Museum of Dublin.
Head of Operations, PCRS
Carmel Burke is Head of Operations for Reimbursement in the Primary Care Reimbursement Service. Carmel’s team is responsible for processing and making payments to some 7,000 primary care contractors on a monthly basis, and also the High Tech Co-ordination Unit, which manages the High Tech arrangement and issues payments, totalling approx. €600 million per annum to High Tech suppliers.
She has worked in a number of functions across the organisation including the area of Statistics & Investigations. She holds a Diploma in Human Resource Management and is currently undertaking an M.Sc. at the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland.
Carmel is a member of the HSE/IPU Joint Consultative Group, Joint Operational Group and Pharmacy Interface Group. She is also a member of the HSE/Department of Health GP Contract negotiations group, who successfully delivered a range of enhanced services including a new contract to provide GP services to children under six.
Successful Businesswoman and Dragons’ Den Investor
Chanelle, Lady McCoy is a successful businesswoman and co-founded Chanelle Medical, part of the multi-million pound global company Chanelle Pharmaceutical Group, based in Galway. Chanelle Medical and Chanelle Veterinary develop and manufacture generic drugs, holding more than 3,000 medical product licenses in over 93 countries. They have won many awards including Exporter of the Year 2016, Life Sciences Exporter of the Year 2016, Export Innovation of the Year 2016, Winner of ‘Project of the Year’ at the Pharma Industry Awards 2016, the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award 2015 and most recently the Life Science Award at the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards in 2017.
Having been recognised as a successful businesswoman in her own right, Chanelle joined Dragons’ Den in Ireland last year. She enjoys sharing her experience of scaling up a business and taking it to global markets as well as giving opportunities to entrepreneurs who are the future of industries.
Emeritus Professor of Health Policy and Management, Trinity College Dublin, and Professor of the Economics of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation, Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London
Charles Normand is an economist and has worked for over 30 years on economic aspects of health and healthcare. Currently, his main interests are in the areas of ageing and palliative care and on cancer prevention and treatment. He has ongoing interests in health care finance, economic evaluation methods and applications, especially in complex settings and in new health technologies.
Charles has had a long term interest in the economics of cancer screening and treatment and continues to work on cancer studies, particularly on cervical cancer and HPV within the Cerviva collaboration. He collaborates on studies on subjects such as using technology to improve the quality of healthcare consultations, maternal and child health, neurological diseases and nutrition.
Director of TONiC Consultancy
Conor is a Director of TONiC Consultancy and has over 30 years of experience in retail and wholesale across many successful blue chip companies, always delivering P&L success, but with a balanced people-first approach.
Due to his extensive experience of category management, leadership and KPI management, branding and identity, and design and delivery of operational change, he has helped companies build a solid base for sustained success. He has also designed and implemented CSR strategies, strongly believing that the way a company does business is integral to its future success.
TONiC Consultancy has worked extensively in the field of Pharmacy Claims for the last seven years, being responsible for the repayment of millions of euro to the pharmacy industry, and the development of systems to prevent future losses.
President of the Irish Pharmacy Union
Daragh Connolly was elected as President of the IPU by the Executive Committee and took up the position at the IPU National Pharmacy Conference on 24 April 2016. He has been involved with the IPU for a number of years and was previously Vice-President. Daragh is a third generation pharmacist. He graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 1996, where he was President of the Pharmacy Students’ Association. He is a native of Waterford and proprietor of Haven Pharmacy Connolly’s in Dungarvan.
Business Development Manager, IPU
With over 25 years in grocery retail and pharmacy, Darren has vast experience in store management, merchandising, planning, layouts, and staff training. Darren began his retail career as a staff member and worked his way up the ladder to be a senior store manager for one of Ireland’s largest grocery retailers, Dunnes Stores. During his career, he managed stores with annual sales of €12 to €60 million and staff numbers from 30 – 250. Darren joined the IPU in 2007 and has worked to provide consistent business advice and assistance to members to maximise the retail potential of their pharmacy. He also developed the pharmacy retail review service. This service is a one-day consultation/implementation in best practice retail/marketing to maximise the sales potential in the pharmacy. Over 100 pharmacy members have been reviewed to date and the results of the reviews have been extremely positive for the businesses reviewed.
Director of United Drug & Head of Public Affairs
David has been involved in the Irish pharmaceutical market for over 25 years. During his early career, he worked with the Bayer Corporation where he held the position of Irish Country Manager within the OTC and veterinary medicines business units. He then spent 10 years as Sales & Marketing Director of Uniphar Plc. Within his current role, David is responsible for the United Drug Distribution business where he and his team work closely with a large number of manufacturers providing supply chain solutions and a range of commercial support services. More recently, he has also assumed responsibility for the Public Affairs function of McKesson Ireland. He is a former President of the Pharmaceutical Managers Institute of Ireland and a graduate of the Institute of Marketing in Ireland.
Associate Director of Medical Affairs, MSD Human Health
Janice graduated from UCD with an honours degree in Pharmacology in 1999 and continued her studies in UCD to complete her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2003. Janice moved to the USA to conduct research into novel breast cancer therapies at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She continued her cancer research as a senior Research Fellow at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan before returning to Ireland to take up the role of Commercialisation Manager at Enterprise Ireland. In 2008, Janice was appointed as Scientific Programme Manager at Science Foundation Ireland where she managed a portfolio of research projects in areas of immunology, regenerative medicine, neonatology, medical devices, microbiology, cell biology, neuroscience, chemistry and data analytics, in addition to managing academic-industry research engagements. Prior to her current role, Janice was a Senior Manager of Medical Affairs at Sanofi Pasteur MSD.
Senior Medical Advisor, Pfizer Healthcare Ireland
Edward is a qualified pharmacist and is currently working as a Senior Medical Advisor in Pfizer Healthcare Ireland in the gastroenterology therapeutic area. He has previously worked in pharmaceutical regulation in both MSD Human Health Ireland and the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA (formerly known as the Irish Medicines Board)), along with clinical roles in both hospital and retail pharmacy. He has also completed a Masters in Management from Smurfit Business School, a Diploma in Health Economics from the Institute of Public Administration, and is currently undertaking a Professional Certificate in Pharmaceutical Medicine with Kings College London. He has a special interest in biosimilar medicines and the value they can bring to the healthcare system.
Pharmacist and Chairperson of the IPU Pharmacy Contractors’ Committee
Eoghan Hanly is the current Chairperson of the IPU Pharmacy Contractors’ Committee and has been a regional representative of the IPU since 2007. Eoghan was elected to the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) in 2009 where he served on various committees. He was elected as Vice President of the PSI from 2011-2013 and was President from 2013-2014. He has been a pharmacy tutor for the new MPharm programme since 2011. Eoghan qualified with a BSc. Degree in Pharmacy from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in 1995. He has been working as the Supervising and Superintendent Pharmacist in Killian’s Pharmacy since 1996.
Director & Supervising/Superintendent Pharmacist, Marron's Pharmacy
Jonathon Morrissey is a prominent community pharmacist in Ireland. He has embraced point of care testing with a special interest in the management of cholesterol, asthma, weight, hypertension (BP), smoking cessation and many others. He has provided training on pharmacy-related matters to nursing homes, hundreds of pharmacists, nurses and other HCPs on medicines management including Pain Management, Asthma & COPD, Constipation & Diarrhoea and Cardiovascular Health. He has lectured part-time for pharmaceutical companies (GSK, Pfizer, Abbvie, Novartis), the Asthma Society of Ireland and many of the pharmacy chains including Allcare, Lloyds and the McSharry Group. His efforts have won him three Pharmacist of the Year awards. In 2014, he won the Patient Nominated award and in 2017, he won the Actavis Academy Training & Mentoring Bursary for his Community Pharmacy Triage Service.
Head of Pharmacy Function, PCRS
Kate Mulvenna MPSI is Head of Pharmacy Function in the Primary Care Reimbursement Service. She leads on Administration of Schemes development and liaises closely with HSE Community Care / Primary Care pharmacists on community pharmacy contractor matters at local level. Kate is the Chairperson of the ‘Products Committee’, which operates as the gateway to Reimbursement status under the General Medical Services and Community Drugs Schemes for drugs and medicines in Ireland. She is also the Chairperson of the Steering Group of the Irish Institute of Pharmacy.
Community Pharmacist and Owner of Haven Pharmacy Duleek
Kathy Maher is a community pharmacist in Haven Pharmacy Duleek, Co Meath. She served as President of the IPU from 2014 – 2016 and has been involved with the IPU since 2002. Kathy is a native of Co. Armagh and graduated from Pharmacy in Queen’s University Belfast. She worked as a community pharmacist for a number of years before becoming a contractor in 2005 in Duleek Pharmacy. Kathy completed a postgraduate Diploma in Community Pharmacy and a Diploma in Diabetes Management in Primary Care. She is currently a member of the IPU Academy Tutor Group and also served as a tutor with the ICCPE for many years.
Superintendent Pharmacist and a Director of the Pharmacy First Plus Group
Keith O’Hourihane graduated from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, and completed his pre-registration year in Edinburgh in 2000. He returned to Ireland immediately and began his career in community pharmacy. He is the Superintendent Pharmacist and a Director of the Pharmacy First Plus Group, a group of community pharmacies in Cork. In the past, he has chaired the IPU’s Community Pharmacy Committee and the Pharmacy Practice Development Committee of the PSI, both of which have a distinct focus on provision of services to patients. His passion is delivering a value-added pharmacy service to his patients.
Director, Behaviour & Attitudes
Larry is a Director/Shareholder of Behaviour & Attitudes (B&A), Ireland’s largest independent marketing research agency. He joined B&A in 1997 from Guinness Ireland where he had been Communications Research and Planning Manager, and has worked in the market research industry for almost 25 years. He is both a qualitative and a quantitative researcher and focuses heavily on the consumer healthcare and pharmacy sectors. B&A has a full-time staff of almost 40 and indirectly employs more than 200 interviewers to field its many national surveys. The agency has worked with the IPU for almost a decade, undertaking both surveys and focus groups.
IMVO Project Manager
Leonie is a pharmacy graduate of Trinity College Dublin and has been Project Manager with the Irish Medicines Verification Organisation (IMVO) since October 2015. She has been running her own consultancy since 2006, advising clients in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector on medicines legislation, industry codes of practice and corporate governance. She has several years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry and was previously Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Manager with IPHA. A former President and Council Member of the PSI, she started her career as Assistant Registrar of the PSI. She has also previously worked in academia and as a locum in community and hospital pharmacy. Leonie occasionally lectures on medicines legislation and healthcare topics to pharmacy and medical students and is co-author/editor of Pharmacy and Medicines Law in Ireland.
Founder of 4Front.ie
Rachel is founder of 4Front.ie, whose mission is to transform the impact of pharmacist-led teams through training and coaching. A leader within Irish Pharmacy in the use of online systems to deliver interactive coaching and training, a total of 2,145 participants from 23 countries have engaged in online learning and development with 4Front in 2017. Committed to CPD in both Pharmacy and Coaching, she is an IPU Academy Tutor, Peer Support Pharmacist with the IIOP, Programme Coordinator for ICF Ireland Chapter’s Medical Coaching Learning Community and co-lead of International Coaching Federation (ICF) Global Health and Wellness Coaching Community of Practice.
In recognition of her pioneering work in pharmacy coaching, she was named ICF Ireland’s Medical Coach of the Year 2017. Her areas of special interest include pharmacy leadership, team development, patient-centred care, consultation skills, mental wellbeing, stress management, medication adherence and productive conflict.
CEO of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
Thomas is CEO of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Professional Society of Pharmacists in Washington DC. He is founder of Pharmacy Associates Inc., a multistate specialty pharmacy. Thomas serves as VP on the Bureau of FIP. Prior ventures include SynTegra, SymRx and a Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy. He has volunteered in charitable and professional organisations throughout his career including being APhA President and board member. Prior to this, he was a senior staff member of APhA and managed state affairs, public relations, membership, new business development and practice management. He holds a BSPharm, MBA and two honorary doctorates.