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 2020

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.

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.

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 Natalie Gauld - Treasurer

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.

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.

Bronwen Shepherd

BPharm, BBA

Bronwen is a Business Development Manager for Green Cross Health, with professional and commercial experience across broad spectrum of Community Pharmacies, and is a Director of five pharmacies in Wellington.

Bronwen has participated in an extensive range of governance, advisory and other collaborative sector roles, in order to attain sustainable and positive change for pharmacy and patients, including with the Pharmacy Guild, District Health Boards, Ministry of Health, Medsafe, Pharmacy Council, PHARMAC and Primary Health Organisations.

She is currently serving as a Board Member for the Pharmacy Defence Association and Trustee of the New Zealand Pharmacy Education and Research Foundation.

With her diversity of pharmacy and leadership experience, she has seen the sector from multiple vantage points, and is able to effectively advocate for pharmacists within the broader healthcare context.

Sandy Bhawan

PGCertPhcy, BPharm (Hons),BSc

Sandy is Manager for the newly formed Access Equity team at PHARMAC.

Previously as Competence Policy Advisor with the Pharmacy Council she led the policy work on the Medicines Management Competence Framework. This framework forms the basis of the current National Pharmacist Service Framework. Other work included the development and implementation of the new Pharmacist Prescriber scope of practice. This included setting the prescriber competencies, training and accreditation standards, all of which are still in use today.

Sandy was awarded a Fellowship of the Society in 2018 in recognition of her significant contribution to developing wider roles for the pharmacy profession such as Medicine Use Reviews, the Pharmacist prescriber scope of practice and general practice-based pharmacist roles.

Keith Crump

MPharm, PG Dip Population Health, PG Dip Pharmacy, Dip Pharm

Keith is currently employed at ProCare Health as a Pharmacist Facilitator, and at North Shore Hospital as a Mental Health Pharmacist, as well as holding a part-time teaching role at Otago University.

Keith has extensive experience across a range of pharmacy related areas, including oncology, cardiology, renal medicine, and infectious diseases. However, it was the work in the psychiatric ward at Wellington Hospital, his previous experience in mental health, plus the challenge of new medicines for mental illness which established Keith’s core area of practice.

Keith has completed a Masters in Pharmacy Practice from the University of Auckland, a Post Graduate Diploma in Population Health from the University of Auckland and a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy from Otago University. He has also served on the Pharmacy Council for three terms (9 years) and is currently secretary of the Clinical Advisory Pharmacists Association.

Kevin Pewhairangi


Kevin is the the president of Ngā Kaitiaki o te Puna Rongoā o Aotearoa -The Māori Pharmacists Association (MPA). He is a community pharmacy owner operator at Horouta Pharmacy in Turanga nui a Kiwa Gisborne. Kevin hails from Tokomaru Bay and was blessed to being raised in a totally Māori world, with Te Reo Māori being his first language. As the President of the MPA and as a Māori pharmacist, Kevin has a responsibility to his hapu, Iwi and Ngai Māori to work towards improved Māori representation throughout the sector, improved Health services and improved health outcomes for Māori. Keith has completed a Masters in Pharmacy Practice from the University of Auckland, a Post Graduate Diploma in Population Health from the University of Auckland and a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy from Otago University. He has also served on the Pharmacy Council for three terms (9 years) and is currently secretary of the Clinical Advisory Pharmacists Association.

Co-opted members

Michael Hammond

PGDipPhcy (Dist) DipLeadMgt BPharm (Hons) MPS RegPharmNZ

After graduating from the University of Auckland, Michael started his career at North Shore Hospital before moving to develop and implement a clinical pharmacist facilitator service for the Primary Health Organisation (PHO) in Rotorua.

Michael is currently the project manager for the quality improvement programme Safety in Practice, as well as a number of other primary care initiatives for Waitemata and Auckland District Health Boards. To support him in this role, he also works casually as a pharmacist at Waitemata’s North Shore Hospital.

He is enthusiastic about learning and continuing education; being the first New Zealand pharmacist to complete the Diploma of Leadership and Management through the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. He is currently also the Vice-President of the Auckland branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand.

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 Manager 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.

Catherine is the owner of Vivian Pharmacy Ltd in New Plymouth and has been a community pharmacist for 30 years.

She has been a Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand Board member since 2016 and Vice President of the Guild since June 2019.

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).