Council Members

The Pharmacy Council

Council members are appointed by a process outlined in the HPCAA (the Act) and confirmed by the Minister of Health for an initial two or three year term and with the possibility of renewal for two more terms.

The Pharmacy Council comprises eight appointed members, six pharmacists and two lay members. The Chair of the Finance Assurance and Risk Management Committee (FARMC) attends Council meetings as an Independent Member.

The role of the Pharmacy Council is to ensure that the requirements of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (the Act) are met. Council members set the organisation’s strategic direction and  monitor  the  performance of management. The Minister of Health appoints Council members, and the Council is accountable to the Minister and the public in the performance of its functions.

Dr Jeff Harrison  BSc Hons (Pharmacy), PG Dip Clin Pharm, PhD (Surgery), PG Cert (Clin Ed)  (Chair

Jeff is the Senior Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, University of Auckland. His university teaching spans all four years of the undergraduate curriculum as well as a number of clinical pharmacy postgraduate courses. Jeff’s research focusses on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and the increased risk of these in people with mental illness. He has been a pharmacist for 25 years, applying his knowledge of pharmacotherapy to solve unique patient problems.

Jeff was appointed to the Pharmacy Council in 2012 and was reappointed in 2019 for an additional two-year term.  Jeff enjoys the challenges his role offers on the Pharmacy Council and as newly elected Chair. His goal is to achieve good governance, to help ensure public safety, and to raise the standards and aspirations of all pharmacists, especially where these relate to patient care.

“What drives me is a sense of responsibility to do my best for others. As an academic, I enjoy discovering something new through research,” says Jeff.

Ahmad F Zareh   Bpharm (Hons), RegPharmNZ

Ahmad is a community pharmacist who is a co-owner of four Life Pharmacy’s in New Zealand.

He is dedicated to advancing the pharmacy profession by mentoring and supporting young pharmacists. Ahmad has been a previous board member of RASNZ looking after Refugee Health and wellbeing and he was the president of Auckland Pharmacy Student Association.  Ahmad won a prestigious national award in 2017 when he won the Good Sort Pharmacist of the Year for his involvement in the pharmacy profession.

Ahmad won the Kiwibank Local Hero Award (Waikato) and is also a finalist for the NZ National Hero Award.  (The Kiwibank Local Hero Award recognises a person whose selflessness and determination has made a difference in the community.)

Being a young pharmacist, Ahmad brings a fresh perspective wherever he goes. He believes pharmacists are ranked among most trusted health professionals in NZ.

Ahmad was appointed to the Pharmacy Council in August 2019 and is now serving his first three-year term.

Arthur Bauld (Ngāti Wai/Ngāpuhi/Te Rarawa/Ngāti Toa/Ngāti Raukawa) DipPharm, RegPharmNZ  (Deputy Chair)

Arthur is currently an Addictions Pharmacist with the Auckland Opioid Treatment Service and a community pharmacist with 30 years of pharmacy practice experience across both retail and hospital pharmacy sectors as well as academic, regulatory and organisation board roles. He was previously a Co-President of the Māori Pharmacists’ Association and their representative on the Auckland School of Pharmacy Board of Studies. His roles have ranged from management and sole charge pharmacist through to a wide range of leadership responsibilities.

Arthur was appointed to the Pharmacy Council in 2015 and was reappointed in 2019 for an additional  two-year term.

“My motivation comes largely from my whānau and a sense of duty as well as the people around me. I see pharmacists excelling in their hugely diverse professional roles and thereby improving the quality of peoples’ lives on a daily basis and that inspires me to contribute.”

Charlotte Schimanski  Bpharm, RegPharmNZ

Charlotte is a registered Pharmacist with 14 years’ experience and owns a community pharmacy in Rotorua. She is currently studying towards a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health.

Charlotte has been a member of Pharmacy Council independent Professional Conduct Committees since 2011. She has also provided expert advice to the Health and Disability Commissioner and work for the Pharmaceutical Society. Charlotte has governance experience from observing on the Rotorua Economic Development Board, and the Rotorua Regional Airport board. She is also a current member of the Midlands Community Pharmacy Group Board.

Charlotte was appointed to the Pharmacy Council in August 2019 and is now serving her first three-year term.

Dr Emma Salis   BSc. BPharm. PGDIPPharm. PhD (Clinical Pharmacy), NZRegPharm. MPS

Emma is currently a clinical editor for the New Zealand Universal List of Medicines (NZULM) at the New Zealand Formulary (NZF). She also occasionally works as a locum in community pharmacy.

Since becoming a registered pharmacist in 2004, she has gained experience in pharmacy practice and teaching in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

She has gained numerous qualifications from the University of Otago including her greatest achievement, a PhD in clinical pharmacy. Her PhD project, titled “Factors affecting glucose homeostasis in premature neonates” was centred on investigating the different factors affecting glucose concentrations in premature babies with a focus on high blood glucose.

During her PhD studies she started a family and now has three young children and therefore has recent experience with leaving and re-entering the workforce as a pharmacist. Emma feels that through her experiences as a mother and working part-time she can contribute greatly to the pharmacy profession as she has experienced the difficulties many female pharmacists face. With the pharmacy workforce being female dominated, a significant proportion of them will be working as well as raising families.

Emma was appointed to the Pharmacy Council in August 2019 and is now serving her first three-year term.

Katrina Azer   Bpharm, RegPharmNZ

Katrina is a Christchurch-based pharmacist and manager with 11 years of community pharmacy and business launching experience. She has had considerable involvement working with the Pharmacy Council over the last 8 years of her practice. From being on Council’s committees relating to professional conduct and intern assessment activities, to being part of the code of ethics and competence standards Council working groups.

Katrina is also a member of the Pharmaceutical Society NZ Early Career Pharmacist Steering group and feels responsible for advocating for, and shaping the future for, all pharmacists and especially those in their early years of practice. She is passionate about assisting patients to achieve and maintain optimal health and wellbeing by adopting a holistic approach that focuses on disease prevention and integrating with other health professionals to enhance patient medication adherence.

Katrina is interested in health innovation and technology and their application to pharmacy practice and aspiration for the profession to further integrate these into daily practice to maximise patient health outcomes.

Her inspiration and professional fulfilment stem from knowing that each day, she has the chance to connect with patients to improve their health and medicine literacy and make a difference in their lives.

Katrina was appointed to the Pharmacy Council in August 2019 and is now serving her first three-year term.

Michelle Lomax    LLB

Michelle is a lawyer at Community Law in Christchurch, with experience of governance and in the health sector in a number of previous roles. She was an elected member of the West Coast District Health Board for six years, and has advocated on mental health, disability, maternal and child health, and rural health issues. She also served for some years as a high school trustee and Chair.

She is mother to six mostly adult children, and is currently an elected member of the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board in Christchurch.

Michelle is committed to working with practitioners to achieve the goals of the Health Pracitioners Competence Assurance Act.

She was appointed to Pharmacy Council in August 2019, and is serving her first three year term..

Ming-chun Wu   CMInstD , MBA, BSc, BBus, BEd, BA

Ming-chun Wu is a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors with over 10 years’ experience in developing strategies and leading transformational changes to improve effectiveness and efficiency of organisations.  She brings governance experience as well as practical knowledge and hands-on experience of how professional bodies operate in regulated environments.

Having held senior public-sector roles and led strategy formulation and policy development in large public-sector organisations, Ming-chun has a sound knowledge of the relevant Acts, such as the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, having worked in Special Education and managed workforce development for 2,000 Ministry of Education specialist staff (including psychologists and speech language therapists) and managers across the country.

Ming-chun has held governance roles in professional organisations, community and volunteer service organisations, and expert advisory boards.  She is also an experienced secondary school teacher and has been on the National Executive and was the Auckland Regional Chairperson for the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA).

Being socially-minded, Ming-chun is a Trustee for the Wellington Community Trust; the current Board Chairperson and Trustee for Volunteer Wellington; and the current Vice-Governor on the Board of Directors for Altrusa International in New Zealand which is an international organisation dedicated to community service with 20 service clubs across New Zealand.

Ming-chun was appointed to the Pharmacy Council in August 2019 and is now serving her first three-year term.

Jeffrey Galt   B.Com (Hons)

Jeff was appointed to the Pharmacy Council in February 2016 as an independent member and was appointed as the Chair of the Finance, Assurance & Risk Management Committee in April 2016.  (He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors in New Zealand.)

Jeff has worked in the public and private sectors in Canada, Australia and New Zealand travelling for work assignments across North America and in the UK, the Bahamas and Azerbaijan.  In New Zealand, Jeff has held senior roles at Wellington Free Ambulance (involved in paramedic registration and other business operations issues), Earthquake Commission (General Manager Governance), ACC, Biosecurity NZ, Westpac NZ Limited, Audit NZ, the Reserve Bank of NZ and the Housing Corporation.

Jeff has extensive senior management experience in finance and accounting, assurance and risk management along with significant interactions with boards and governance. Jeff is keen to contribute to lifting the standard of governance for NZ organisations, which he believes is critical to their success.   He is passionate about understanding how the Council can ensure an effective pharmacist role in an integrated healthcare system and how regulation plays its part to ensure better health outcomes.