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Council Members

Pharmacy Council Membership

The Pharmacy Council has eight members appointed by the Minister of Health and is funded by the registration and annual practising fees paid by pharmacists.   The members are: 

Mark Bedford DipPharm, RegPharmNZ, AFNZIM (Chair
Mark jointly owns a busy seven-day medical centre pharmacy employing six pharmacists and four technicians.  

Mark is an Associate Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management, an Associate Member of the Institute of Directors, was Deputy Chair of the Central Institute of Technology Council for 13 years, and has chaired Consumer NZ and the Waipuna Hospice boards for seven years. Mark was appointed to the Pharmacy Council in 2009 and is completing his third three-year term. He is Chair of Council, a member of FARMC (Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee) and Chair of the Complaints Screening Committee. 

"I want to make a difference and am absolutely committed to my patients and the public. I want to ensure that the Pharmacy Council has good and robust stakeholder relationships and that we run a smart, effective organisation," says Mark.

Leanne Te Karu (Muaūpoko/Whanganui) DipPharm (Distinction), PG Cert Pharm (Prescribing), PG Cert Pharm (Herbal Meds), PG Dip ClinPharm (Distinction), MHSc (Hons), RegPharmNZ (Deputy Chair)
Leanne is a Pharmacist Prescriber with 25 years' experience of pharmacy practice across hospital and primary care.

Leanne is a clinical advisor for Best Practice Advocacy Centre, an advisor for the Health Quality Safety Commission, a member of the Ministry of Health appointed Pharmacy Steering Group Committee, and is on the Executive of the Māori Pharmacists' Association. Leanne was appointed to the Pharmacy Council in 2011 is Deputy Chair, and is completing her second three-year term. Leanne is a member of FARMC (Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee) and has chaired the Health Committee.

"I know pharmacists can make a difference to health outcomes. We are in an ideal position to transfer knowledge and bridge the gap between the health system and people," says Leanne.

Arthur Bauld (Ngāti Wai/Ngāpuhi/Te Rarawa/Ngāti Toa/Ngāti Raukawa) DipPharm, RegPharmNZ
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 is serving his first three-year term. Arthur is also member of the Pharmacy Council's Health Committee.

"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."


Marie Bennett  Dip Pharm Distinct, MNZCP, FPS, RegPharmNZ
Marie is a community pharmacist with over 30 years' experience. She's passionate about improving the pharmacy profession, training, mentoring, smoking cessation and developing new pharmacy services and models of care for the benefit of patients.

She's a previous board member of the Pharmacy Guild, various Waitemata DHB committees, and was the community pharmacist on the Quality Use of Medicines Group for the Waitemata DHB. 

Marie was appointed to the Pharmacy Council in November 2012 and is now serving her second three-year term. Marie is a member of the Council, a member of FARMC (Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee), Chair of the Interns Assessment Advisory Committee and is also the Council's representative to the Board of Studies for Auckland University's Pharmacy programme.       


Iain Buchanan B.Pharm, RegPharmNZ
Iain, along with his wife Gemma, owns Unichem Buchanans Pharmacy in Tikipunga, Whangarei. 

Iain is a community pharmacist at the heart of his community in Tikipunga, Whangarei. He continues to upskill himself, enabling him to adopt new services and get to the heart of healthcare challenges within his community. He sets up plans to deliver sustainable services, detailing how his patients will benefit and how to communicate to the wider healthcare team about the services he is providing. 

Iain has 30 years' experience as a pharmacist in community pharmacy and is a valued member of numerous Northland District Health Board committees which look at new initiatives to improve community health.

Iain was appointed to the Pharmacy Council in 2015 and is serving his first three-year term. He is also a member of the Pharmacy Council's FARMC (Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee) and Chair of the Professional Standards Committee.

"I believe everyone has the power to improve their health and lifestyle. Community pharmacy is well placed to help patients and customers with their life journey."



Lynnette Flowers QSM
Lynnette has a Bachelor of Arts and was a secondary school teacher for over 25 years before setting up a business in 2001.

Lynnette moved to Hamilton, from Napier, in 2003 and quickly became very involved in the Waikato business community. Since 2003 she has been a director of many community, sporting and philanthropic organisations.

A strong advocate for housing for the vulnerable has seen her involved with Habitat for Humanity both locally, nationally and internationally. She has led many trips to overseas locations to build housing for the poor. A close interest in health and wellbeing dominate her other appointments.

She was honoured in the 2018 New Year's Honours with a Queen's Service Medal for her work in the business and not for profit sectors.

Lynnette was appointed to the Pharmacy Council in 2015 and is serving her first three-year term. She is also a member of the Pharmacy Council's Complaints Screening Committee.


Viv Gurrey
Viv is Chief Executive Officer of Crohn’s & Colitis New Zealand (CCNZ), an organisation charged with providing support and education services to over 20,000 patients nationally who have Inflammatory Bowel Disease. (IBD)

Viv joined CCNZ following 14 years leading NZ’s largest parenting membership organisation providing education and support services to families across the country.

Viv is also involved with technology innovation in the growing artificial intelligence, digital and data science and research sector.

She has over 35 years global experience as a leadership and operations specialist in the commercial, corporate, and social sectors, having spent a good portion of that time in chief executive roles particularly in technology,  strategic planning, and business consulting. 

Viv was appointed to the Pharmacy Council in 2012 and is serving her second three-year term. She is a member of both the Health and Professional Standards Committees and has previously served as a member and Chair of Council's Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee (FARMC) and the Complaints Screening Committee (CSC).

"I am passionate about governance and delivering robust and effective outcomes for business, particularly through technology and innovation. My specific areas of interest on the Council are in maintaining good governance and applying this to my interest in digital technology and processes that will encourage good health for the nation," says Viv.


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

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 is now serving his second three-year term. Jeff enjoys the challenges his role offers on the Pharmacy Council and as Chair of the Health Committee. 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.