Open Sesame’s Leroy Smith elected new Chair at Health Stores Ireland.

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Leroy Smith, Open Sesame Ennis and Gort, has been elected the new council Chair of Health Stores Ireland. He takes over from Martha Brennan who had served in the role for five years.  

Health Stores Ireland held a well-attended AGM in Cork in May, where they were joined by supplier partners for a business lunch. A council of eight ordinary members is installed for the year ahead and at their first meeting a Chair is elected.   

Outgoing Chair, Martha Brennan, was thanked by council members for the work that she oversaw over the previous five years, which included a full rebrand of the organisation, a successful national campaign to reduce the VAT on vitamins, two successful consumer shows, several trade events culminating in a successful sectoral symposium in January, TV and radio advertising campaigns and a unique Touring Map print project along with steering the organisation through Brexit, Covid and subsequent supply-chain issues.  

She said: “While (the role) was often challenging and time consuming, it ultimately brought a sense of satisfaction to bring projects through to a successful conclusion. I am delighted to be handing over the reins to such a capable and dynamic individual in Leroy”.  

New Chair, Leroy Smith, said: “If I can achieve even half of what Martha has during her time as chair, I will be doing well. I look forward to the role and working with the administrator, members, council, and company directors to steer the organisation for the year ahead”.

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