Organisational structure

PHARMAC is organised into four directorates – Operations, Medical, Corporate Services and Engagement & Implementation:

The Chief Executive and the directors make up the Senior Leadership Team.  The directorates are:  Operations:  Devices Funding Device Strategy & Development Health Economics Pharmaceutical Funding Procurement & Contracts Schedule Strategy & Development. M.
PHARMAC's Organisational Chart


The Operations teams manage and lead our pharmaceutical funding and expenditure management processes, including applications for individual named patients, and undertake economic assessment of potential investments in pharmaceuticals. They develop and implement commercial transactions and manage procurement activity for pharmaceuticals. They also undertake some national procurement activities for medical devices on behalf of DHBs.

The directorate is also responsible for establishing PHARMAC’s future role in the management of funding for hospital medical devices.


The Medical team provides PHARMAC with clinical governance, leadership and advice from a medical perspective. The team is also responsible for developing and delivering our clinical leadership strategy.

Engagement & Implementation

The Engagement & Implementation directorate leads PHARMAC policy, communications and implementation. It is also responsible for our Māori responsiveness strategy and Pacific responsiveness strategy.

Corporate Services

The Corporate Services directorate provides support across the organisation – with teams responsible for analysis, business services, finance, human resources, information and communication technology (ICT) and legal.

Strategic Initiatives

Strategic Initiatives leads and coordinates strategy and related project work.