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Previously, Ms Nolan held the position of Director of Human Products Authorisation with the HPRA where she oversaw the evaluation and authorisation of medicines and medical devices for the Irish market.
Ms Nolan succeeds Mr Pat O’Mahony who took up the position of Deputy Secretary at the Department of Health in September 2015.
Ms Nolan will be responsible for the management of the HPRA whilst leading the organisation nationally and internationally in its ambition “to protect and enhance human and animal health”.
Prior to joining the HPRA in 2001 she was Controlled Drugs Manager with the Department of Health and a Forensic Scientist with the Department of Justice Equality & Law Reform.
Ms Nolan holds a PhD in Chemistry and a Degree in Chemistry from Trinity College, Dublin.