The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine appoints non-executive board members. The Agricultural and Food Supply Chain Act 2023 requires that the board of An Rialálaí Agraibhia comprises of a total of eight persons – a chairperson and seven ordinary members. The board must include at least three persons appearing to the Minister to be primary producers.


      • Chair Joe Healy is a dairy and cattle farmer from Athenry and is a former National President of both Macra na Feirme 1995 – 1997 and, more recently, the IFA 2016 – 2020. He also served as 1st Vice President of COPA (European Farmers Organisation) where he chaired the influential Food Chain Committee. Currently, he is Chairman of “Cultivate” (Credit Unions Agri Finance) and sits on the boards of Self Help Africa, Gurteen Agricultural College, and the European Economic and Social Committee.

      • John Comer is a dairy farmer from Co. Mayo. He was previously President of the ICMSA and is currently a member of the European Economic and Social Committee

      • Karen Brosnan has worked as a management consultant in the agri-food sector since 2000, specialising in strategy, governance and leadership. She is a former Chairperson of Nuffield Ireland and Gurteen College and is currently a Director of AgriAware.

      • Margaret Dineen has over 20 years experience managing commercial trading relationships across the fresh food industry. A management consultant and accountant, Margaret now works with SMEs within the Irish food industry in developing their supply chain optimisation and commercial business development.


      • Elaine Donohue is from a farming background and has a wealth of experience all across the national food supply chain spanning many sectors. Elaine currently works at the helm of Bia Innovator Campus, focused on innovation, incubation and the sustainability of the grassroots food industry.


      • Angus Woods is a beef, sheep, and tillage farmer, and is a columnist with the Farming Independent. He is a former President of the EU Civil Dialogue for Animal Products and has served on a number of boards in the agri-food sector including ICBF and Bord Bia's Meat and Livestock board.


      • Grace McCullen is a strategist and commercial marketer and has worked in food, drink and agri-business for 25 years with a range of companies. Grace holds an MSc. Digital Marketing & Data Analytics, BSc. Food Business and Dip. Food Science & Technology and grew up on a farm in Co. Meath. Grace is Director of Food Systems with Farrelly&Mitchell, agri-food consultants.



      • Paul Brophy is a primary producer in the horticulture sector with over 40 years experience. He is Chairman of Unigreen, a producer organisation of five progressive vegetable producers. Paul has formerly served on the horticulture board of Bord Bia and is a former chair of the IFA horticulture sector.


     Appointments were made pursuant to a State Boards Public Appointments Service process.


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