Appointments to the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland Council

The Minister for Health has appointed/re-appointed the following persons to the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland Council.

Mr Michael Lyons

Michael Lyons received a Master of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kent in 2011. He joined the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) after completing his pre-registration year in Belfast, and began his pharmacy career as a support pharmacist in Cork and Dublin.  Michael was called to the Irish Bar in 2016 after completing his legal studies and Barrister-at- Law degree at the Honourable Society of Kings Inns, Dublin. Michael opened a new retail pharmacy business in August 2016 and is the acting Superintendent pharmacist.

Ms Marie Louisa Power

Marie Louisa Power graduated from the School of Pharmacy, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin in 2008. She has also attained a post graduate diploma in clinical pharmacy from Queens University, Belfast. She has worked as a clinical pharmacist, up to Chief Pharmacist level, in private and public hospitals both in Ireland and the UK. Most recently, she worked as a medicines management inspector with the Health Information and Quality Authority.

Mr Seán Reilly

Sean Reilly graduated from Trinity College, Dublin (1986) with BA(mod) in Natural Science and worked in the pharmaceutical industry. He returned to study pharmacy in Liverpool, John Moore’s University and graduated 1992 with a B.Pharm.  He subsequently worked in the UK for a year before returning to Ireland and registering with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland.  He runs his own pharmacy and has a wide experience in pharmacy representation (board of IPU 2010-15), and information technology (Camara and Touchstore board). He is the Responsible Person for his wholesale operation authorised by Health Products Regulatory Authority, and has a good knowledge of Good Distribution Practice (GDP), principles. 

Ms Veronica Treacy

Veronica Treacy is a former Director of Pharmacy and superintendent pharmacist for St James’ Hospital, Our Lady’s Hospice and St Luke’s Hospital in Dublin.  She co-ordinated the Future Pharmacy Practice in Ireland-Meeting Patients’ needs project, whose report and supplementary papers were published by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) in November 2016. She has previously served as an expert on the PSI Inspection Policy Project Expert Group (2014), on the National Forum for Pharmacy Education and Accreditation (2013/2014), and as a Steering Group member for the baseline study for hospital pharmacy (2011).  She achieved a Master of Business Administration (1996) and a Certificate of Pharmacy Practice (1999) while working as a principle pharmacist in the NHS in the UK.  There she gained extensive operation management, risk management, public procurement, and clinical pharmacy experience.  Veronica is a past president of the Hospital Pharmacists Association (2005-2007).  She graduated with a BSc Pharm from University.

Dr. Ailis Quinlan

Dr Quinlan currently works as  a healthcare consultant acting as adviser to the Nurture Child Health project, and is also  Health and Quality policy adviser to SAGE-Advocacy for older people.

Dr Quinlan was previously Head of Clinical Indemnity Scheme, States Claims Agency from 2004-2014. She was National Child Health Co-ordinator for the Best Health for Children Initiative  from 1999-2004, and from 1987-1998 she was Director of Community Care and Medical Officer of Health, Eastern Health Board.

Dr Quinlan holds a MB,BCH (Honours) degree from UCD, Master in Public Health, Higher Diploma Health Care/Risk Management, Diploma in Obstetrics, Diploma in Child Health, along with post graduate qualifications in Quality, Health Economics, and Management,  and is also  an accredited Mediator. 

Ms Nicola Cantwell

Ms Nicola Cantwell is re-appointed by the Minister to the  Council of the PSI. She lectures on the Pharmacy Technician Course in IT Carlow and coordinates the work placement modules. She works part-time as a hospital pharmacist in St Colman’s Residential Care Centre, Rathdrum. She also works as a locum community pharmacist in the South East of Ireland. 

Mr Hugo Bonar

Hugo Bonar is re-appointed by the Minister to the Council as the nominee of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) where he holds the position of Enforcement Manager. 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 SSFFC 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.