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Health Stores Ireland welcomes new Chair

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Retailer, Leroy Smith, has been elected as the new Chair of Health Stores Ireland.

Leroy Smith, from the retailer, Open Sesame, in Ennis and Gort, has been elected the new Council Chai 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.

Martha was thanked by council members for the work that she oversaw over the previous five years, which includes 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.

Martha commented: “While it 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.”

Leroy added: “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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