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Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland appoints new council president

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Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland appoints new council president

Forensic psychologist Geraldine O’Hare has been appointed council president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, replacing Jim Livingstone.

Ms O’Hare, who takes up her post on November 1, “has extensive experience working with the health and justice sector, regulatory bodies and professional boards,” said the PSNI in a recent statement.

PSNI chief executive Trevor Patterson said: “I am pleased to welcome Geraldine as the new president of the council of the Pharmaceutical Society NI. Geraldine has a wealth of leadership and innovation skills and extensive experience in the health and justice sectors. 

“Her experience and skills will be extremely valuable as Council guides the organisation during a period of significant change within pharmacy and within regulation. I look forward to working with her to continue our overarching mission to protect the public.”

The end of Mr Livinstone’s tenure was announced on September 30. He served as council president for two consecutive four-year terms from 2014. 

Mr Patterson said: “Jim has shown exceptional dedication and commitment to the regulation of pharmacy in Northern Ireland over the last 8-years. He has skillfully steered the Council and overseen the governance of the organisation with significant skill, powerful leadership, and enthusiasm for our important work of public protection, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Jim’s constructive challenge of the Executive officers of the organisation ensured the highest standards of delivery, he also made full use of encouragement and humour, bringing a positive influence on the culture of the business. He will be missed by all those who work for the Pharmaceutical Society NI, and I wish him every success in the next challenge he chooses to accept”.

Council vice president Jonathan Patton added: “Jim has done a tremendous job in leading the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society for 8-years, through a period of significant change and challenge, not least the Covid-19 pandemic. Jim helped shape a new direction for Council, strengthening its governance, bringing strategic thinking front and centre, and developing its skills and training.

“His passion for public protection and the work of Council, having open and healthy debate, and finding the best route forward in any situation, stood to him throughout his 8 years. He leaves the Pharmaceutical Society NI and the Council in a strong position going forward.”

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