Chairman & Non-Executive Directors
Mr. Michael Dowling (72), Chairman of the Board
Appointed: 3 March 1998 and as Chairman 1 January 2015. Michael is a former Secretary General of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry in Ireland and a Board member of the Agricultural Trust. He is also Chairman of the Board of Management of the UCC / Teagasc Food Innovation Alliance. He was appointed Chairman of the Board in 2015 and has served as a Director for 19 years. He is also a member of the Nomination Committee since January 2001 and was appointed as Committee Chairman in 2014.
Dr. Hugh Brady (57), Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 24 February 2014. Hugh is President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Bristol in the UK, a position he has held since 2015. He was previously President of University College Dublin (UCD) from 2004-2013. A medical graduate, Hugh has had a successful career as a physician and biomedical research scientist in the US where he served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for almost a decade prior to returning to his alma mater as Professor of Medicine and Therapeutics. In addition, Hugh has held many national and international leadership roles which include Chairman of the Irish Health Research Board and Chairman of the Universitas 21 Network of global research universities. Hugh has served as a member of the Board for three years and was appointed a member of both the Audit and Nomination Committees in 2015.
Mr. Gerard Culligan (43), Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 1 June 2017. Gerard operates his own business in the agribusiness sector and is a Director and co-owner of two private companies in the marine industry. He is also Chairman of Kilrush Credit Union based in County Clare, Ireland.
Dr. Karin Dorrepaal (55), Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 1 January 2015. Karin served as an executive Director on the Board of Schering AG in Berlin. Currently she holds non-Executive Director roles on the Boards’ of Gerresheimer AG, Paion AG (vice Chairman), Humedics GmbH (Chairman) and Triton Private Equity all of which are based in Germany. During 2016 Karin was appointed non-Executive Director of Julias Clinical Research BV based in the Netherlands. She also serves on the Supervisory Board of Almirall S.A. in Spain. Dr. Dorrepaal received her Ph.D. from the Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and also holds an MBA from the Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Management. Karin has served on the Board for two years and joined the Remuneration Committee in January 2015 and Nomination Committee in December 2015.
Ms. Joan Garahy (54), Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 11 January 2012. Joan is Managing Director of ClearView Investments & Pensions Limited, an independent financial advisory company as well as being a Director of a number of private companies. She has 28 years of experience of advising on and managing investment funds. She is a former Managing Director of HBCL Investments & Pensions and Director of investments at HC Financial Services. In the past she worked with the National Treasury Management Agency as head of research at the National Pension Reserve Fund and was also head of research with Hibernian Investment Managers. Prior to that, she spent ten years as a stockbroker with both Goodbody and NCB in Dublin. Joan has served as a member of the Board for five years. On 20 February 2012, Joan was appointed to Chair the Remuneration Committee and became a member of the Audit Committee on the same date.
Mr. James C. Kenny (63), Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 1 June 2011. James was formerly Executive Vice President of US based Kenny Construction Inc. and also President of Kenny Management Services Inc. He previously served as US Ambassador to Ireland from July 2003 to June 2006. During 2016, James joined the Board of Hub Group, a multimodal transportation company, listed on the NASDAQ. James has served as a member of the Board for six years. He was appointed a member of both the Remuneration and Nomination Committees on 20 February 2012.
Mr. Tom Moran (61), Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 29 September 2015. Tom was Secretary General of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine from 2005 to 2014. Throughout his public sector career he held a number of international policy and international trade negotiation leadership roles. Tom also formerly served as Ireland's Agriculture Attaché to France and to the OECD. He is currently a Board member of An Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, and chairs its Dairy Subsidiary Board. He is also a non-Executive Director of Elivia (France) and is Chairman of the Audit Committee for both the Irish Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government and the Irish Government’s Public Appointments Service. Tom has served on the Board for one year and was appointed to the Audit Committee in December 2015 and the Remuneration Committee in February 2016.
Mr. Con Murphy (52), Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 1 June 2016. Con operates his own business in the agribusiness sector and is Chairman of the Irish Montbeliarde Cattle Society.
Mr. Philip Toomey (63), Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 20 February 2012. Philip was formerly Global Chief Operating Officer for the financial services industry practice at Accenture and has a wide range of international consulting experience. He was also a member of the Accenture Global Leadership Council. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a Board member of UDG Healthcare plc to which he was appointed in 2008. Philip has served as a member of the Board for five years. He was appointed as Senior Independent Director to the Kerry Group plc Board on 20 February 2012 and as a member of the Audit Committee on the same date. He was appointed Chairman of the Audit Committee on 25 February 2013.