Mike is a dairy farmer, working in partnership with his son.
Together they operate a grass based spring calving herd. He has a keen interest in the continued development of the Irish agricultural industry and has shown this through his involvement with in many organisations.
He has served on several Boards including ICBF, ICOS and as Chairman of Lakeland Dairies and IHFA. He was also President of the Irish Grassland Association.
Currently Mike is on the Board of the Agricultural Trust.
Gerard Brickley's career spans almost 30 years working in International Markets with Bord Bia, and formerly CBF, promoting Irish beef and livestock.
He is also a board member of the National Co-Op of Farm Relief Services.
In addition, together with his wife, Angela, their Celtic Herd is regarded as one of the top Simmental and Charolais herds in the country. In recent years they have developed a small but select stud of AI bulls, supplying semen to pedigree breeders in Ireland, the UK and into Continental Europe.
John O’Sullivan - Dairy Farmer, Lisduff, Whitechurch, Co. Cork
John O'Sullivan and family run a dairy farm in Whitechurch in Co. Cork.
They milk 240 pedigree Holstein-Friesians in their nationally known Lisduff Herd with a strong emphasis on commercial milk production. LISDUFF MANFRED (LDU) which won the FBD-GENE IRELAND award for the top bull in the 2009 Gene-Ireland programme was bred on the Lisduff Farm.
John has been very active over the years in the Irish Holstein Friesian Association and is a recent past Chairman. He is the current Chairman of ICBF and is the President of the Cork Holstein Friesian Breeders Club.
He is also a regional committee member of Dairygold Co-Op and a member of its general committee.
Prof. Michael Doherty - Professor of Veterinary Clinical Studies, UCD
Michael is Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Professor of Veterinary Clinical Studies in the School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, his background is in cattle practice in Donegal and at the Farm Animal Unit of the University of Glasgow. He has managed many clinical research programmes, including studies of herd health in conventional and organic dairy herds and published extensively in clinical aspects of farm animal health.
A European Specialist in Sheep Health Management, Michael is a past-President of the European College of Bovine Health Management, he is actively involved along with colleagues in the UCD Herd Health Group in the promotion, development and implementation of herd health in Ireland.
John Malone - Secretary General of Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Retired)
John Malone comes from a farming background in Portroe, Co Tipperary. He served as Secretary General of the Department of Agriculture and Food from 1997 to 2004.
In that role he was heavily involved in policy formulation for the agri-food sector, in negotiations at EU and world trade level. He was centrally involved in the establishment of ICBF and served as its first Chairman.
Since then he has held a number of Directorships and currently is Chairman of the Irish Equine Centre.
He holds a degree in Politics and Economics from UCD.
Roisin Hennerty - Managing Director, Global Foods Division
Roisin Hennerty is Managing Director of Ornua Global Foods Division, overseeing a portfolio of brands sold in over 100 countries. Having originally joined Ornua Cooperative in Dublin, Ireland, Roisin later moved to the US and was responsible for the strategic marketing and launch of Kerrygold Butter and Dubliner Cheese in the USA. As then VP of Marketing and later President, she led the brand from market entry, to its position today as the #2 Butter brand in the US and the #1 Cheddar brand, pivoting strongly on the equities delivered by Ireland’s dairy farming model and animal welfare standards.
With extensive experience in International Trade, she has facilitated and led the Americas business on all matters relating to WTO, strategic quota risk management and the introduction of protocols in relation to Food Safety and Bioterrorism regulations. In addition, Roisin holds responsibility for key strategic areas, including Origin Green and Ornua’s Sustainability initiative – Our Way Matters. These initiatives and the regulatory implications surrounding farm standards, animal husbandry and milk quality are critical to Ornua’s ability to deliver value-add to Irish milk.
Roisin has represented Ornua Group on the Board of the American Butter Institute, the Board of Les Dames Escoffier International and the Cheese Importers Association of America. She served as a Director on the Board of The Cheese Importers Association of America for 10 years, serving for eight years on the Executive Committee (roles of Treasurer, Secretary and Vice Chair). She is active in a variety of trade and food associations, including the International Association of Culinary Professionals and is a member of Les Guilde Des Fromagers. Most recently and prior to relocating to Ireland Roisin sat on the Board of the Chicago Chapter of Les Dames Escoffier International.
Roisin earned her primary degree at University College Dublin, holds a Higher Diploma in International Trade from the Dublin Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the Executive Scholars programme at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She has also completed the Board Director Development Programme at the Kellogg School of Management.