Sara Pantzer appointment marks gender 'milestone' for Pharmaceutical Society

Women on Boards member Sara Pantzer has been appointed to the Board of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) with Deanna Mill and Tony Evans.

The three Independent Board Director appointments further diversify the PSA Board’s composition, reflecting PSA’s commitment to equal representation of women (now 58 per cent).  

Sara Pantzer brings extensive experience in health policy, strategic communications, advocacy and government relations to the Board. Sara has over 25 years of senior executive experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, and has a deep understanding of the healthcare sector and its policy underpinnings. 

Sara’s appointment marks a significant milestone in the organisation’s history, becoming the seventh female Board member – signifying the largest proportion of female influence at Board level in PSA’s history.  

After three years on the PSA Board serving in various capacities, the Board has also reappointed Tony Evans for his extensive corporate governance and finance experience.Sara and Tony join the previously announced Early Career Pharmacy Board-Appointed Board Director, Deanna Mill. 

PSA Chief Executive, Mark Kinsela, welcomed all to the roles and acknowledged this historic organisational milestone. 

“I congratulate Sara and Deanna on their appointments, and Tony on his reappointment, as  Independent Board Directors of PSA. 

“Their combined experience across industry, policy and strategy in health makes them the perfect  appointments to these roles. This is more than just changes of the guard, the new PSA Board  holds the strength, diversity and vision for not just the organisation but for the profession as a  whole, as we face challenges of stagnant wages and increasing scope of practice. 

“Diversity in leadership within PSA continues to grow and evolve, now with 23 of our 31 managers (69 per cent) being women. PSA is committed to reflecting the profession we lead – and will do everything in our power to ensure women are recognised and developed as they  progress through their careers,” Mr Kinsela said.  

WOB member Sara is also a NED with Motor Neurone Disease Association of NSW, Sydney Community College and Transparency International Australia.

Find out more about Sara Pantzer on her LinkedIn profile 

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