APPEL Team

Aisling Reast
Director & National Coordinator of APPEL
Aisling registered as a pharmacist in 1999 and obtained her MSc in Community Pharmacy in 2014. Her pharmacy practice experience includes six years as a pharmacy owner and employment with both independent pharmacies and multiples. She has held several positions in healthcare education, pharmacy practice development, continuing professional development and programme management including at the Irish Centre for Continuing Pharmacy Education, Trinity College Dublin, the Irish Pharmacy Union, the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and as Director of Operations at the Irish Institute of Pharmacy. She is currently undertaking an MSc in Leadership, has a diploma in public relations and certificates in assessment and quality assurance of the assessment process.
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Michael Cresswell
APPEL Programme Manager
Michael is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and has managed projects in a number of areas, including construction and telecommunications. He oversaw the go-live implementation of the National Pharmacy Internship Programme’s Central Application and Selection Process (CAASP) in late 2014 and was the CAASP administrator for the initial 2015/16 cycle.
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Trevor McBrearty
APPEL Senior Operations Coordinator
Trevor is the Senior Operations Coordinator in the APPEL office. Originally from a tax background, Trevor qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) with the Irish Tax Institute, while working with EY and Deloitte, two of the top four tax firms in Ireland. The travelling bug took hold and he was off working and travelling abroad (South America, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia) for six years. After returning home to Ireland in 2014, he has been the Marketing and Communication Executive at the Irish Tax Institute and the Tax Training Administrator for PwC before joining the APPEL team.
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Rachel Hamilton
APPEL Operations Coordinator
Rachel is the newest addition to the APPEL team, joining the Operations office as Operations Coordinator. Rachel joined us from a start-up healthcare company where she helped to establish their Customer Care Department, training processes, and communications. With previous experience in the financial and tourism industries, Rachel has extensive administration and coordination experience. She holds a BA in French and Music from Trinity College Dublin and last year graduated with a Higher Diploma in Psychology from Dublin Business School.
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Dr. Maria Donovan
Practice Educator, University College Cork (UCC)
Maria returned to UCC as a Practice Educator in 2016 having studied both for her pharmacy degree and her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics at UCC. During her career, Maria has worked in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and regulatory affairs in industry. In addition to her role as Practice Educator, Maria continues to work in both community and hospital pharmacy.
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Ruth McCarthy
Practice Educator, University College Cork (UCC)
Ruth is a Practice Educator at UCC and has over 20 years’ experience in academia, industry and community pharmacy in Ireland, the UK, New Zealand and Australia including stints at both the School of Pharmacy in University of Auckland and University College Cork. She has also worked in International Pharmaceutical Marketing and Distribution and in On-line Pharmacy. In her most recent role she worked as a Business Manager for 10 years in one of the largest community pharmacy multiples on the island of Ireland. She has an MSc in Business and Management, a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma and a certificate in Training Delivery and Evaluation. Ruth continues to work as a community pharmacist.
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Anne Teresa Morgan
Practice Educator, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
Anne Teresa is a Practice Educator at the RCSI and has 20 years’ experience in community pharmacy. Anne Teresa has worked in a number of roles within community pharmacy, most recently as RCSI Teacher practitioner with a large multiple, being responsible for training of pharmacy undergraduate student and pharmacy interns. She completed her degree in pharmacy at Queens University Belfast and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy from De Montefort University.
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Róisín Reynolds
Practice Educator, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
Róisín is a Practice Educator at the RCSI and has 20 years’ experience in both community and hospital pharmacy, including at the Coombe Women’s Hospital, the Royal Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and at the Mater Private Hospital. She completed her degree in pharmacy at Trinity College Dublin and holds a Certificate in Health Promotion from NUI Galway, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy Practice from Robert Gordon University.
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Eimear Ni Sheachnasaigh
Practice Educator, University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD)
Eimear is an Assistant Professor (Practice Educator) in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, TCD and also practises part-time as a community pharmacist. After completing an internship in hospital with Barts and the Royal London NHS Trust in the UK Eimear moved into community pharmacy and has worked in a number of roles within both independent pharmacies and large chain multiples. Eimear has undertaken an MSc (Community Pharmacy) with TCD and is currently pursuing a post-graduate qualification in Global Health Policy with the University of London.
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