Who we are

Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand is a professional, membership based association representing over 4,000 pharmacists and technicians. Members receive:

  • Professional support.
  • Representation and advocacy.
  • Training for continuing professional development.

This enables them to provide patients with the best advice concerning medicines

National Executive Members 2019

Governance for the organisation is provided by a seven member elected National Executive of Society members. The current National Executive members are all registered and practising pharmacists. The Rules of the Society also makes provision for co-opted members drawn from other organisations, currently there are three, one from New Zealand Hospital Pharmacists’ Association Inc (NZHPA), one an Early Career Pharmacist and another from the Medical profession, these nominated co-opted members attend all National Executive meetings.


Elections for the National Executive are held bi-annually and members are elected for a term of 4 years.

Nominations are now open for the the Society's National Executive elections. Nomination forms must be received no later than 4.00pm Monday 26 August 2019.

Nomination Form - PSNZ National Executive Member
Position Description - PSNZ National Executive Member

Elected Members

Ian McMichael - President

JP DipPharm FPS RegPharmNZ MRPharmS

Ian is the Managing Director of Pharmacy 547, a specialist pharmacy and it is here he leads the team which developed both the Community Pharmacy Anti-Coagulation Management Service (CPAMS) and also immunisation by community pharmacists. Ian and his team have been finalists and winners at many NZ Pharmacy Awards including being finalists in two categories at the 2015 awards. Ian was awarded a Fellowship of the Society in 2013 in recognition of his pioneering work in developing new pharmacist services.

Associate Professor Rhiannon Braund - Vice President

BSc BPharm PhD(Otago) MPS FNZCP RegPharmNZ

Rhiannon Braund is an Associate Professor at the School of Pharmacy,University of Otago. Her passion is the advancement of pharmacy practice and she has a particular interest in primary care.

As a practising pharmacist, Rhiannon works closely with local organisations including primary health organisations and district health boards. She is a previous PSNZ branch president of Otago from 2007-2010 and a committee member from 2002 -2012.

Her research aims to understand current practice and provide evidence for the developing roles that pharmacists have. She has published work in the areas of adherence and specifically "Medicine Use Reviews"' reclassifications of trimethoprim and sildenafil, and recently was involved in the introduction and evaluation of Pharmacy Accuracy Checking Technicians.

Dr John Dunlop

PGDipPharm MPharm DPharm(Auck) PGCertClinPharm(Prescribing) FPS FNZCP FACPP MCAPA

John has worked for many years to develop and extend pharmacy practice accumulating years of experience in rural, provincial and city pharmacy. This culminated in the development of the first dispensary only pharmacy in Wanganui, winning the then Steven’s New Zealand Marketing Award. As one of the first prescribing pharmacists John has worked in general practice proving clinical advisory pharmacist services and prescribing. He was the first New Zealand pharmacist to gain a Fellowship of the Australian College of Pharmacy Practice and served on the Board of the College until he became a manager in 1998. His research for his Doctorate of Pharmacy was investigating the outcomes of clinical medication reviews in primary care.

Dr Natalie Gauld

DipPharm MPharm PhD FPS RegPharmNZ MRPharmS

Natalie is a pharmacist who provides consultancy services primarily around consumer access to medicines, through Natalie Gauld Ltd. Her pharmacy experience includes community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, industry, and research. Since being a member of the Medicines Classification Committee (2004-2009), Natalie has facilitated prescription to non-prescription reclassifications of medicines including trimethoprim, sildenafil, topical calcipotriol and vaccinations, often working with Green Cross Health. Some of these reclassifications have been world firsts and won awards. Natalie is a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of NZ, an Honorary Research Fellow with the University of Auckland, and has an affiliate position with the University of Otago.

Kirsten Simonsen - Treasurer

MPS MPharm

Kirsten has been both Secretary and President of the Otago Branch of the Society.

She has worked for much of her career in secondary care (hospital) pharmacy and has specialised in psychiatric pharmacy, maternity care, paediatrics and neonates, health care for the elderly and clinical trials.

She now works in a shared role as a clinical editor with the New Zealand Formulary and pharmacist advisor in the Best Practice Journal team.

Graeme Smith


Graeme is the owner of a community pharmacy in Rangiora and also works part time as the General Manager of the Canterbury Community Pharmacy Group.

He has previously been Deputy Chair of both NZCP and Unichem/Pharmacybrands. Graeme has a keen interest in the integration of pharmacy into the primary care health team so that the cognitive skills of pharmacists are both recognised and utilised. This is a major focus of his role with the Canterbury Community Pharmacy Group. Graeme is accredited for and provides Medicines Use Reviews, Smoking Cessation, Trimethoprim, Immunisation and Emergency Hormonal contraception.

Dr Jerome Ng

BPharm (Hons), MPharmPrac (Hons), PhD, MPS, RegPharmNZ

Jerome is Lead Advisor: Improvement, Research & Informatics at Waitemata District Health Board’s Institute for Innovation & Improvement (i3). He is responsible for leading the development of and supporting strategic priorities relating to healthcare redesign, quality and patient safety improvement, research, informatics and clinical leadership. Jerome is passionate about advancing high quality medicines management and governance to optimise patient health outcomes, experiences and equity, and is internationally recognised for his work on clinical pharmacy performance and medication safety measurement. He was a Senior Health Research Scholar, holds an Honorary Lecturer position at the University of Auckland’s School of Pharmacy and is a Science Policy Exchange member of the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.

Co-opted members

Fiona Bradley

Fiona Bradley joined the National Executive in February 2017 as the early career pharmacist.

Fiona moved to the Manawatu, after completing her degree at Otago and has been working in community pharmacy in Palmerston North over the last seven years.

Fiona joined the local PSNZ branch committee and in 2014 was elected to the MidCentral Community Pharmacy Group (MCPG) Board.

She has served on the National Board for Girl Guiding New Zealand over the last five years, represented girls and young women internationally and held the Advocacy Portfolio for two years. Fiona is looking forward to contributing to the Society National Executive as an early career pharmacist.

Dr Lynn McBain

Dr Lynn McBain joined the National Executive as a co-opted member in February 2017.

She provides the voice of a general practitioner at the governance table to support the move by the profession towards integrated care.

Dr McBain graduated from Dalhousie University in Canada and emigrated to New Zealand in the 1980s.She is a partner in Brooklyn Medical Centre and Deputy Chair of the Compass Health PHO.

Dr McBain also Chairs the Compass Health Clinical Quality Board and is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Health Care and General Practice at the University of Otago Wellington campus.

Ariel Hubbert

Ariel is currently serving on the New Zealand Hospital Pharmacists’ Association in the role of President, having taken up this position in June 2018.

After gaining her BPharm in the bracing chill of Dunedin Ariel has spent the last two decades working in hospital pharmacy services in the UK and New Zealand. She specialised in mental health in 2007, and this remains her clinical focus. Ariel currently works as the Pharmacy Mental Health team leader at Waitematā DHB.

In addition, Ariel teaches on mental health as part of the EVOLVE Intern Training Programme and is a member of the Corrections Department Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.

Catherine Keenan

Reciprocal non-voting board member from the Pharmacy Guild

Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand Incorporated (the Society) is a voluntary body that provides professional support, education, training and career development for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. The Society is incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908. The Society is registered with the Charities Commission and is a charitable entity under the Charities Act 2005 (registration number CC42418).