Ann O’Connor is currently Senior Director Quality, External Manufacturing, at Jazz Pharmaceuticals with responsibility for quality aspects of external manufacturing, including contract manufacture oversight, quality control and development projects.
Ann is a pharmacist by background, having worked in senior roles in hospital pharmacy, pharmaceutical industry and Regulatory Authority HPRA (IMB). At the HPRA Ann held the positions of Medical Devices Director and subsequently Director of Human Products Authorisation and Registration, where she held responsibility for all pre-market licensing activities for human products, which included medicines and medical devices, and was also a member of the Executive Committee. She represented the HPRA (IMB) both nationally and internationally and was the Irish delegate to the European Medical Devices Expert Group. She also held the chair the EU Medical Devices European Compliance and Enforcement Working Group.
Ann returned to the pharmaceutical industry in 2013, joining Grifols Worldwide Operations Ltd as Technical Director where she had technical responsibility for the establishment of the site and successfully obtained the WDA, MIA and IMP site licenses. She was also the lead Responsible Person (RP) and Qualified Person (QP) at the site and a member of the Executive Committee.
Ann has been a member of TOPRA Advisory Council since 2005 and was the winner of the TOPRA Communications Award in 2011.