Our Board of Directors is known as the APC Governing Council with its members (Directors) called Councillors.  The Council is made up of pharmacist, education, financial and management specialists.

Expand the headings below to find out more about our Councillors.


Professor Debra Rowett PSM (President)

B.Pharm, Adv Prac Pharm, FPS, MSHPA


Debra Rowett is the President of the Australian Pharmacy Council and the immediate past Chair of the Accreditation Committee of the Australian Pharmacy Council, Director of the Drug and Therapeutics Information Service (DATIS), Repatriation General Hospital, and part of the Intermediate Care Services Southern Adelaide Local Health Network and Regional Manager for South Australia and Northern Territory for delivery of NPS Medicinewise services in Australia. Debra is a member of the national Drug Utilisation SubCommittee of the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee. Debra is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of South Australia and the University of Queensland.

Debra’s areas of interest are aimed at understanding the health needs of patients, carers and families particularly with respect to chronic disease, aged care and palliative care. Her research includes the study of methods which increase the uptake of proven evidence based interventions to improve the quality and safety of healthcare. Debra has worked extensively in the field of Quality Use of Medicines and her work is focused on workforce development including interprofessional practice and teaching. Debra is a Chief Investigator on research grants, including NHMRC and is currently a chief investigator on a grant which is building a research network in Palliative care both nationally and internationally and Antimicrobial Stewardship in Residential Aged Care.

Mrs Sue Kirsa (Vice President)

B.Pharm, Grad Dip Hosp Pharm, FSHP


Sue is the Director of Pharmacy at Monash Health. Prior to moving to Monash Health in 2015, Sue was the Director of Pharmacy at the Peter Mac Callum Cancer Centre for 10 years. Sue has experience working as a pharmacist at a number of major Health Services as a clinical and operational pharmacist, and spent some time outside of the Pharmacy working in Clinical Governance.

Sue has been the President of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia and has been a member of numerous professional and government organisations and committees. She has a special interest in Oncology, Quality Use of Medicines, patient safety and antimicrobial stewardship.

Sue was appointed to Council in May 2016; she was appointed the Vice President of the Australian Pharmacy Council in February 2017. 

Sue is married to David and has 2 adult children, Jeremy and Jessica.

Professor Nick Shaw 

BSc (Hons), PhD, CSci, CChem, FRSC, FRPharmS


Nick is an academic pharmacist and Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Queensland who, from 2004 until 2014, was Head of the School of Pharmacy. In his role on the Council he aims to provide an academic perspective on issues such as the pharmacy degree program, degree accreditation, and the pharmacy workforce.  He is particularly interested in education, curriculum development and workforce issues in pharmacy.

Nick’s areas of research include: the application of bioanalytical methodologies to solve clinical and health-related problem; metabolite profiling methodology applied to nutrient profiles of tropical and other plants; secondary metabolite identification and quantitation from bacteria;  drug metabolism, biopharmaceutics, drug delivery and pharmacokinetic studies. 

Nick holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy with Honours, and PhD from Manchester, UK and is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Nick was first appointed to Council in July 2010; he held the position of Vice President of the Australian Pharmacy Council from May 2015 to February 2017 and is currently the Chair of the Accreditation Committee.

Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom, AO

Dip Pharm, BSc, PhD(Adel), FPS, Hon D Hlth (N’cle), Hon DSc(Qld), D Univ(Griff), Hon DSc(Syd)


Lloyd is a distinguished educator, researcher and policy advisor and has an illustrious career in health and pharmacy.  He has a particular research interest in pharmacokinetics, biopharmaceutics, the quality use of medicines and pharmaceutical policy.

Lloyd has played a major role in the development of Australia’s National Medicines Policy and was the Chair of the Australian Pharmacy Advisory Council from 1990-2000. He has sat on numerous government and industry advisory groups - including the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, which he chaired from 2001 to 2012. In 2002 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of his outstanding achievements and service to Australia and humanity at large.

Lloyd is Chair of the Medication Reference Group of the Australian Safety and Quality Commission.   He is a member of the Therapeutic Goods Advisory Council and a director of BellBerry Ltd a not-for profit human research ethics company.  Professor Sansom is a member of the international advisory board of NICE International and a Faculty member of the Salzburg Global Seminar.   He serves on a number of national committees relating to pharmaceutical policy and has undertaken a number of reviews on behalf of the World Health Organisation and the Australian Government.

In his role with the Council Lloyd hopes to contribute to the accreditation of programs and individuals to ensure the Australian public is provided with a pharmaceutical service of the highest standard.

Lloyd has received honorary Doctorates from the University of Queensland, University of Newcastle, Griffith University and the University of Sydney, and is a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and an honorary member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. He is a Life member of the Australian Pharmaceutical Science Association and of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists

Professor Iqbal Ramzan

Dip Pharm (NZ); MSc; PhD (University of Sydney)


Professor Ramzan is a Councillor of the Australian Pharmacy Council. Professor Ramzan is Dean of Pharmacy at The University of Sydney. His contribution to APC is to ensure fair, transparent and robust dialogue on education and accreditation issues and to ensure the long term viability of APC. He is also an advocate for the most appropriate pharmaceutical services delivery by the Pharmacy profession for the Australian health consumer.

His research interests are in the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and toxicodynamics of western and complementary medicines.  Professor Ramzan holds a Diploma in Pharmacy from New Zealand, a Masters of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Sydney. He is President/Director of the Council of Pharmacy Schools, is on the Pharmaceutical Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee on Prescription Medicines, is a registered Pharmacist and current Chair of the Australian Pharmacy Leaders Forum.

Iqbal was appointed to Council in May 2015.

Ms Gayle Ginnane

BA, BEd, MDefStud, GradDipStratStud, FAICD, MAIM, IPAA


Gayle a community member of the Australian Pharmacy Council. As an independent director and consultant, she aims to bring a non- pharmacy and consumer perspective to the Council deliberations and to contribute through her knowledge of governance and process. Her time as CEO of the Private Health Insurance Administration Council assists her with an excellent knowledge of the overall health system in Australia. She would like to see better links between all parts of the health care system to seek better outcomes for patients.

Gayle serves on a wide variety of other Boards. She is the Chair of the National Blood Authority;  Director, CIT Solutions Ltd; Director, Police Health; Director, ACT Medicare Local; Independent Chair, Finance Audit and Risk Committee, Professional Services Review (PSR); and Independent Chair, Audit Committee, National Health and Medical Research Council and serves on the Audit committee for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Gayle holds a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies, a Master of Defence Studies, a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts.

Gayle is the Chair of the Council Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and was first appointed to Council in May 2012. 

Ms Monica Schlesinger

MEng Equiv, BEng, FAICD, PMP.


Ms Schlesinger is a Community member of the Australian Pharmacy Council. She brings to the Council a Community and Health industry perspective. Her roles with Nehta, as PCEHR Portfolio Manager, Corporate Manager with Macquarie Health Corporation (in charge of Pen CS), the directorships with disability services organisations (former Director and member Finance, Risk and Investments Committee at North West Disability Services and Australian Communications Exchange) and current directorship with the Medical Software Industry Association have given Monica valuable insight and experience in areas that are interconnected with and reliant on pharmacy.

Monica combines commercial experience with governance and strategy. A Fellow of AICD, she is the CEO of Espace P/L, Principal at the Advisory Boards Group, Director and Chair of the Governance Committee at the Medical Software Industry Association, President of the Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women, Director/Councillor at the Australian Pharmacy Council, Director, Director, Chair FARM Committee and member of the Academic Management Committee at the Education Centre of Australia Group.

Monica’s aim is to contribute with cross-industry experience and strategy to APC’s goals and be part of a team that extends the boundaries of innovation, quality and professionalism in the pharmacy space.

Mr Mark Bedford

Dip Pharm, RegPharmNZ, AFNZIM


Mark is the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand nominee to the Australian Pharmacy Council.  He currently has an active involvement in community pharmacy in a medical centre providing high level patient centred services, including immunisation, and anticoagulation management services. 

Mark is keen to foster ongoing relationships between Australia and New Zealand especially in the areas of accreditation.

Mark holds a Diploma in Pharmacy, and is an Associate Fellow NZ Institute of Management.

Mark was first appointed to Council in 2011 and is also the Chair of the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand.

Professor Peter Fricker OAM



Professor Fricker is a Councillor and is a qualified medical practitioner who specialises in sports medicine.

Peter has been Chief Advisor to the President of the Aspire Zone Foundation in Doha, Qatar, Director of the Australian Institute of Sport, and Acting CEO of the Australian Sports Commission. He is currently a member of the Antidoping Rule Violation Panel (Australian Sports Antidoping Authority), is Chair of the Medical Commission of the Australian Olympic Committee, is Chief Medical Officer of Swimming Australia Ltd and Principal Medical Officer of Rowing Australia, and is an active researcher in exercise and immunology with Griffith University.  He is a consultant in sport, physical activity and health, and sits on a number of boards in health and activity and in research.

Peter sees his involvement with Council as contributing to the vision for the APC being a provider of first class services in education, training and accreditation in Australia, and around the world.  He has seen that Australia is recognised as a country with high standards of professional training and practice, and believes that this reputation lends itself to marketing the expertise of the APC in a specialised professional area.

Peter was first appointed to Council in May 2014.