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 2021

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 a permanent appointment for the President of Ngā Kaitiaki o te Puna Rongoā o Aotearoa -The Māori Pharmacists Association (MPA) and co-opted members drawn from other organisations, currently there are two, one from New Zealand Hospital Pharmacists’ Association Inc (NZHPA) and one an Early Career Pharmacist, these nominated co-opted members attend all National Executive meetings.

Elected Members


Professor Rhiannon Braund - President

BSc BPharm PhD(Otago) FPS FNZCP RegPharmNZ

Rhiannon Braund is a Professor at the New Zealand Pharmacovigilance Centre, University of Otago. 

Her research centres on access equity and the safe use of medications. She has published widely on adherence, and "Medicines Use Reviews" and has worked on the reclassification of trimethoprim and sildenafil as well as the introduction and evaluation of Pharmacy Accuracy Checking Technicians. 

Dr Natalie Gauld - Vice President

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.

Bronwen Shepherd - Treasurer

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.

Ian McMichael

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.


Kevin Pewhairangi

MPA MPS 

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. 

Graeme Smith

BSc Dip Pharm FPS MNZCP

Graeme is a community pharmacist currently living in Picton with interests in three community pharmacies. 

He has performed a number of roles in pharmacy over the years including Deputy Chair of the New Zealand College of Pharmacists, Deputy Chair of Unichem Chemists Ltd and General Manager of the Canterbury Community Pharmacy Group. Graeme was President of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand from 2015-2018. Graeme has a particular interest in developing the role of the pharmacist in the wider health care team. To this end he provides services including vaccinations, INR monitoring and Medicines Use Reviews.

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.

Sian Dawson

BPharm (Hons), PG Dip., M.Ed

Sian is the current President of the New Zealand Hospital Pharmacists’ Association (NZHPA), having taken up this position in September 2020.

She qualified in the UK, and spent the next 12 years working as a hospital pharmacist.  After obtaining a M.Ed. in Clinical Pharmacy teaching in 1999, she moved to New Zealand with her Kiwi husband. 

In her current role at Auckland DHB as a Clinical Lead Pharmacist, Education, Training & Practice Research, Sian is involved in many aspects of staff development within the department including overseeing the intern training programme and the delivery of undergraduate student placements. Having worked in the UK alongside technicians in advanced roles, she is also  keen to support New Zealand pharmacy technicians extend their skill set in a similar way.

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).