Executive Director at Sláintecare
Laura Magahy has led some of Ireland’s most significant and transformational public-sector projects on behalf of government including the €1 billion urban renewal of Temple Bar and the Global Irish Forum initiative, Irish Design 2015.
She has led change management and physical development projects in healthcare and has a particular interest in population-based planning and citizen engagement.
Laura Magahy is a Fellow and past President of the Institute of Directors and is one of Ireland’s top Level A Project Directors. She is an honorary member of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland and has served on numerous public, private and plc boards as Chairman, Non-Executive Director, and Executive Director.
Minister for Health
Simon is a native of County Wicklow and has been involved in the community all his life.
Simon first became involved in politics through his work as a disability advocate and is committed to providing a strong voice on issues relating to special needs and mental health. Before entering politics, Simon established the Wicklow Triple A Alliance, a charity to support children and families affected by autism.
He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in the 2011 General Election and was the youngest member of the 31st Dáil. During that Dáil term, Simon served as a member of the Public Accounts Committee, Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, Secretary of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party and Co-Convenor of the Oireachtas Cross Party Group on Mental Health, before being appointed in July 2014 as Minister of State in the Departments of Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform and the Department of the Taoiseach with Special Responsibility for OPW, Public Procurement & International Banking (including IFSC).
Simon was re-elected as TD for Wicklow & East Carlow in the February 2016 General Election and subsequently appointed Minister for Health.
MRPharmS, Deputy Director, RPS
Currently Deputy Director and Practice and Policy Lead for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Scotland, Aileen has had a varied career in many sectors of the profession. After pre-registration training in hospital, she became a community pharmacy owner for 17 years before moving abroad where she had a short spell in industry and clinical trial work. On returning to the UK, she worked as a prescribing support pharmacist in England before relocating back to Scotland where she worked as an NHS 24 pharmacy advisor before joining the then regulator, RPSGB, as a policy lead. She subsequently was the primary care co-ordinator in NHS Lothian before returning to policy in the new professional body, RPS.
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 and was re-elected on 29 April 2018 for another term. 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.
Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta
Dr Tsuyuki has received several awards for teaching and mentorship, as well as appointment as a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (FCSHP), the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS). In 2005, he was recognised as the Canadian Pharmacist of the Year by the Canadian Pharmacists Association. His interests include improving public health through engaging community pharmacists as primary care providers (interventional pharmacy practice research). He is also very involved in the provision of support for other researchers and training the next generation of health researchers.
Pharmacist and Motivational Speaker
Cultivating and maintaining the characteristics of leadership and resilience in life is a constant challenge for all of us. So we are pleased to have Jack Kavanagh join us to share his story. Jack sustained a spinal cord injury in 2012 only weeks before entering his second year of Pharmacy in TCD. As a result, he is paralysed from the armpits down with 15% muscle function remaining. However, this did not deter him from achieving success in a number of fields. In 2014, Jack gave the acclaimed TEDx Talk, Fearless like a child, overcoming adversity. Having completed a BSc in Pharmacy in May 2017, he completed the Masters of Pharmacy in RCSI in 2018 and joined the register in December. At the same time, through talks and workshops, Jack continues to deliver to audiences on the concepts of resilience, personal leadership, the power of choice and personal development. He was included in a list of 50 Incredible People Who Are Shaping Modern Ireland as someone who is inspirational citing an award-winning documentary Breaking Boundaries that he and friends made based on a road trip around America. Jack is currently working with Johnson and Johnson Innovation and serving on the board of the National Disability Authority.
CEO of the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association
Margaret Wing is a passionate leader in pharmacy and throughout her career this passion has led her to continue to evolve her contribution to pharmacists. Margaret’s experience as a community pharmacist in urban and rural settings, regional manager of pharmacy operations for a major retail corporation and as a pharmacy owner for a number of years has given her the depth of knowledge for her current role as CEO of the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association. Since 2010, Margaret has been advocating for pharmacists across Alberta and has provided leadership over many important initiatives that have significantly advanced the practice of pharmacy.
Priscilla Lynch is an award-winning medical journalist with over 15 years of experience writing about Irish health services and medical matters.
She is currently Clinical Editor of the Medical Independent, Editor of Update journals, and a regular contributor of health news and analysis to national print, radio and TV media outlets including RTÉ, Today FM, Newstalk, the Sunday Independent and The Irish Times.
She is also a former acting Editor of and occasional contributor to Irish Pharmacist magazine.
Priscilla has an honours degree in Media & Communications, and English from University of Limerick (Mary Immaculate College), a Masters in Journalism from Dublin City University and a diploma in Popular Psychology from Dublin Business School.
She is particularly interested in healthcare policy, health service spending, medical staffing issues, the hospital waiting list and trolley crisis, primary care, and medical politics.
Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr. Terence A. Maguire BSc, PhD, FPSNI, FPSI, FRPharmS(hon), FCPP has co-authored articles published in journals including the European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics, International Journal of Smoking Cessation, Addiction, Hospital Pharmacy Practice, International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, PharmacoEconomics and The International Journal of Clinical Practice. He authors a number of professional journal columns, including a monthly column for Irish Pharmacist, a quarterly column in Pharmacy Magazine and regular contributions to the column Broad Spectrum in the Pharmaceutical Journal. He owns and runs two community pharmacies in Belfast and has authored three books and one book chapter, as well as presented at numerous conferences on subjects such as the future regulation of OTC nicotine products, obesity management in the pharmacy and pharmacy-based smoking cessation services.
Senior Manager – Pharmacy Business Intelligence, hmR Ireland
Alan is the Senior Manager – Business Intelligence, appointed by the IPU to the management team of hmR Ireland. In his role, Alan will work with the Data Sources ensuring the delivery of the appropriate data to the company. With a proven track record within the pharmacy sector, Alan has worked as Business Manager for United Drug Wholesaler, a McKesson’s group company, creating and developing the company first buying group for pharmacies – Pharma Le Chéile. Previous experiences account for management roles in Pfizer, Galen Pharmaceuticals and Coca-Cola Bottlers. Alan holds a Bachelors of Arts and a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Business Management.
Practice Educator, University College Cork (UCC)
Maria returned to UCC as a Practice Educator in 2016 having studied both for her pharmacy degree and her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics at UCC. During her career, Maria has worked in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and regulatory affairs in industry. In addition to her role as a Practice Educator, Maria is also a Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy at UCC and continues to work in community pharmacy.
GP and Pharmacist
Paul co-founded PharmaBuddy, which is Ireland’s leading online pharmacist-only community with over 3,400 pharmacists registered. Paul works both as a pharmacist and as a GP and believes strongly in collaboration between both professions. He is also founder of Prescription Revision, which runs revision courses on prescribing for GPs as well as pharmacy and medical students. He has recently been appointed as a GP fellow to the ICGP looking at appropriate prescribing in Irish nursing homes. Paul is also a member of IPU Academy Tutor Group.
Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Tallaght University Hospital
Edwina Morrissey is a senior clinical pharmacist at Tallaght University Hospital with a special interest in cardiology. She is a member of the PACT team of prescribing pharmacists and was one of the first pharmacists in the country to receive a qualification in prescribing from Queens University Belfast in 2015.
Edwina was heavily involved in the setup and running of Ireland’s first multidisciplinary Atrial Fibrillation clinic in TUH.
She was a nominee for research pharmacist of the year in the Clanwilliam Pharmacist Awards in 2016 for her research in this area.
She co-authored an article published in this year’s Pharmaceutical Journal which outlined the role of the pharmacist in a multidisciplinary Atrial Fibrillation clinic.
Practice Educator, University Of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD)
Eimear is an Assistant Professor (Practice Educator) in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, TCD, and also practices part-time as a pharmacist with the HSE Addiction Services. After completing an internship in hospital Eimear moved into community pharmacy and has worked in a number of roles within both independent pharmacies and large chain multiples. Eimear has undertaken an MSc (Community Pharmacy) with TCD and is currently pursuing a post-graduate qualification in Global Health Policy with the University of London.
RANP Oncology, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
Liz is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Medical Oncology working in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. She completed her MSc in Advanced Practice in 2011 and has been involved in senior nursing management and clinical care delivery for 18 years in Oncology in Ireland.
Liz currently facilitates three clinics weekly and her focus is on toxicity management and survivorship with a particular focus on breast cancer survivorship. She is currently involved in a joint NCCP/HRB-funded project developing a clinical guideline for breast cancer patients receiving Tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitor treatment. Liz has a keen interest in patient advocacy and delivers patient care using a biopsychosocial perspective.
Executive Director, Day Lewis Plc
Jay qualified as a pharmacist from Portsmouth University and holds an MBA. He has had several roles with his Day Lewis career over the years progressing from Pharmacist Manager, Regional Manager and Chief Innovation Officer for the group.
As Executive Director at Day Lewis Plc, Jay leads the business alongside Rupa Patel and Sam Patel. He is responsible for retail strategy and innovation. His vision is to essentially join up great people, with effective and professional processes, using robust technology to give patients the best possible experience and outcomes. Jay is the elected Multiple Chemist Representative on the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC). He is passionate about pharmacy politics and the role the community pharmacy sector plays within the NHS.
During his lifetime Jay would like to run at least one marathon.
Jim Power is owner manager of Jim Power Economics Limited, an economic and financial consultancy. The company carries out consultancy projects, public speaking, and training for a variety of public and private sector entities.
He is Chief Economist for Aviva Ireland. He was previously Treasury Economist at AIB (1987-1991) and Chief Economist at Bank of Ireland Group (1992-2000).
He is the author of the SIMI Quarterly Motor Industry Review and Friends First/Aviva Ireland Quarterly Economic Outlook.
He is a graduate of UCD and lectures part-time on the MSc Management and the MBA at Smurfit School of Business, UCD.
He is a native of Waterford and has a passion for all things Waterford.
Chief Pharmacist, Galway Hospice Foundation
Karen graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1987 and completed her training with Boots the Chemist in Liverpool. She completed the Leeds Drug Information pharmacy course while working as a Drug Information Pharmacist in Southport and Formby District General Hospital. She then worked in GP practices for the local health authority in Liverpool advising on prescribing and working in an anticoagulant clinic while also completing a Diploma in Clinical and Health Services Pharmacy in 1999 at Manchester University. Karen was the elected representative for community pharmacists on the local Primary Care Group and has worked as a locum community pharmacist throughout her career. She has worked at Galway Hospice since February 2008. Her main interests are palliative care, care of the elderly, patient/carer involvement in medicines, medicines at the interface and the reduction of wastage of medicines.
Consultant in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine and Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary AF Clinic at Tallaght University Hospital
Rónán is a Graduate of University College Cork since 1992 and completed his higher medical training in Geriatric Medicine at Trinity College Dublin and Yorkshire Deanery at Leeds in 2002. He was appointed consultant in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine in Tallaght University Hospital Dublin in 2005, Clinical Associate Professor in Geriatric Medicine in 2017, National PI on ENOS, TICH-2 trials and Gloria-AF registry, Director of Stroke Services at Tallaght from 2005-2017, Project Lead on the successful inaugural Dublin mid-Leinster stroke telemedicine project, and he is the current National Clinical Lead for stroke. He is co-Director of the interdisciplinary AF clinic at Tallaght University Hospital and a member of the European Heart Rhythm Association writing group for the Practical guide to NOAC use in atrial fibrillation. He is a keen fisherman, lover of hurling, environmentalist and a promoter of patient narrative and intergenerational connectivity. Rónán’s special clinical and research interests include stroke, atrial fibrillation, arts in health, dementia and reminiscence and telemedicine.
Séamus Ruane is a Galway-based contractor pharmacist with over 20 years’ experience in community pharmacy. He has previously served on the Pharmacy Contractors’ Committee of the IPU. He conducts evidence-based, positive psychology workshops for pharmacists, corporate clients and individuals that lead to appreciable results in terms of improved wellbeing, performance boost, employee engagement, and stress reduction. He has a longstanding personal and professional interest in lifestyle and its effects on health and wellbeing, and as a result has studied Applied Positive Psychology, Stress Management, Yoga, and Clinical Hypnosis. He aims to use this knowledge to assist people increase their wellbeing and vitality and to make positive and lasting changes to their lives.
Community Pharmacist and Trainer
Sheila has worked as a community pharmacist in Cork for 37 years and for the past 16 years have also engaged in all aspects of training pharmacy staff. She has delivered training to counter staff on the MCA FAS course and to Final Year Pharmacy Students in UCC. Sheila has presented CPD talks to colleague pharmacists and since 2002, has worked with the IPU in the delivery of the NVQ Pharmacy Technician Qualification and the delivery of CPD to pharmacy technicians since 2016.
Principal, South East College – Further Education & Training
Susan Madden holds an MSc in Human Resource Development and Performance Management from Leicester University, Centre for Labour Market Studies (CLMS) and is a graduate of the Strategic Business Planning & Management Programme with the Irish Management Institute (IMI) and Strategic Planning and Retail Management Programme with the Babson School of Executive Education, (USA). Susan is currently studying an Advanced Diploma in Employment Law with the Honourable Society of Kings Inn. Susan is a regular guest speaker and contributor at various industry forums in both Ireland and the UK. She has also lectured on behalf of Cork University (UCC) The National University of Ireland (NUI), Maynooth, and the Irish Management Institute (IMI), Sandyford, Dublin. Susan’s distinctive approach to training design and learning delivery, has led to the many successful national assignments such as the development of various QQI Common Award Modules at levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).