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New South Eastern LCG Chair Awarded OBE for Services to Pharmacy

Dr Mark Timoney, chair of South Eastern LCG
Dr Mark Timoney

Former Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Northern Ireland, Dr Mark Timoney has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday honours list for services to Pharmacy.

The Holywood man has recently been appointed Chair of the HSCB South Eastern Local Commissioning Group and is a member of the Statutory Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.

Dr Timoney, currently a Director of Timoney Pharmacy, Lambeg, a community pharmacy established by his parents in 1954 said: “It’s a great honour to be recognised in this way. This achievement is attributable in no small part to the support of my wife and children together with colleagues and teams within and outside Northern Ireland. I am pleased the award has recognised my contribution to the pharmacy profession.

“I hope that my ongoing work in pharmacy will contribute to the transformation and rebuilding of the wider health and social care services in order to improve the health and well-being of patients and local communities.”

Dr Timoney was Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Northern Ireland at the Department of Health from 2013 to 2019. Throughout that period, he was responsible for the direction and performance of pharmacy and medicines optimisation policies, the regulation and enforcement of medicines legislation as well as education and training.

During his tenure, the pharmacy profession delivering significant improvements in quality, safety and innovative practice in support of population health gain.

Mark graduated from The London School of Pharmacy with a First-Class Honours degree and subsequently obtained a Master’s Degree in Clinical pharmacy and a Doctorate from Queen’s University, Belfast.  Prior to joining the Department of Health, he held the post of Director of Pharmaceutical Services for the Southern Health and Social Services Board, and before this he was the Chief Pharmacist at the Mater Hospital.