As Chief Executive of CPNI, Gerard represents the interests of community pharmacy contractors in Northern Ireland.
His role is to liaise and negotiate with the Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety, the Health & Social Care Board and other Agencies as required in relation to services, payments and terms of service and related Health & Social Care matters.
Gerard is also responsible for the performance of the CPNI, ensuring delivery of strategic and operational objectives set by the Board and represents CPNI at the most senior levels to promote the interests of its members & community pharmacy services.
Prior to joining CPNI, he held the post of Superintendent Pharmacist of Northern Pharmacies Ltd and is a past Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Contractors Committee.
Dr Vanessa Chambers key areas of responsibility relate to contractual policy development and implementation.
Dr Chambers joined the CPNI team as a Consultant to the CPNI Board in 2009, she was appointed to the post of Head of Policy and Development in November 2010.
Vanessa was a community pharmacy contractor for several years and prior to this worked as a Principal Pharmaceutical Officer for the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. She also has a background in research, academia and hospital pharmacy.
Katherine supports the Chief Executive in addressing the professional pharmacy issues related to the work of CPNI.
Katherine’s role includes developing new and existing community pharmacy services, managing the CPNI Margins Survey Unit and dealing with Drug Tariff issues.
Prior to joining CPNI Katherine worked as a community pharmacist for Northern Pharmacies Ltd.
Initially working in a supportive administrative capacity to both the PA and Chief Executive, Karen’s role has grown to meet the needs of the organisation and she now oversees the effective and efficient smooth running of the office.
Prior to joining the organisation, Karen worked for over seventeen years in business administration management within the pharmacy commercial sector, and latterly in The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.
In her role as Communications Manager, Jude supports the Chief Executive in the delivery of CPNI‘s Communications Strategy.
This includes developing and monitoring CPNI’s public relations function, events management, social media, corporate publications and promotional activities.
Prior to joining the organisation, Jude worked in a communications capacity within the voluntary sector for fifteen years.
Meghan works within the Margins Survey Unit in CPNI that runs alongside a parallel process undertaken at BSO. Meghan ensures there is efficient and effective operation within the Margins Survey Unit. Meghan also provides administrative support to the main office.