Eamon O’Donnell elected Chair of Pharmacy Forum NI

Eamon O’Donnell (pictured) has been elected as the new Chair of Pharmacy Forum NI. The decision was taken at the Forum Board’s last meeting held 11 November 2021, which also saw the appointment of Dr Oisín Kavanagh as the Forum’s new Vice-Chair.

Outgoing Chair, Sheelin McKeagney, who has been instrumental in leading the Forum over the past five years, commented:

“It has been a pleasure to have served as Chair of Pharmacy Forum NI. I am immensely proud of my profession but it is the people behind it who make it…I wish to extend my sincere gratitude to the Forum Board, Committees and Special Interest Groups who have supported me throughout my tenure. I remain an elected Board member but I am confidently handing over the reins to Eamon, who I have no doubt will ensure we remain responsive and representative of our great profession.”

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