Teagasc board welcomes two industry appointees

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has approved the appointments of Cliona Murphy and Liam Woulfe to the Teagasc authority, both for five-year terms.

Teagasc chairman Noel Cawley welcomed the new appointees to the board, confirmed at the authority’s board meeting in Teagasc, Clonakilty, Co Cork.

Cliona Murphy is vice-president technical for PepsiCo Worldwide Flavours, based in Cork, with global responsibility for research and development, quality, engineering, environmental health and safety, and global quality services.

She has worked with PepsiCo since 1997, and during her career she had many roles including R&D director, Walkers UK, PepsiCo Senior Director R&D China Foods and PepsiCo Senior Director R&D Asia Pacific.

Originally from Glounthaune, Co Cork, in her early career Ms Murphy worked for Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) plc.

She graduated from Trinity College with a degree in Computer Engineering, before completing a diploma in Management Studies in Manchester Metropolitan University.

She also completed the Strategic R&D management programme at INSEAD and the Strategic Innovation Leadership programme at Kellogg’s. Ms Murphy is on the board of Cork Chamber and is a member of the Amcham Ireland Research and Development committee.

A native of Adare, Co Limerick, Liam Woulfe is managing director of Grassland AGRO and of Freshgrass Group.

In 2002, he formed Freshgrass Investments and this venture then acquired Grassland Fertilizers as well as 50% of Drummonds as a joint venture with Liffey Mills in 2009.

In 2013 Grassland acquired the Irish business of the major French AGRO supplies company Groupe Roullier while simultaneously Groupe Roullier acquired a 50% stake in Grassland to form Grassland AGRO.

Previously, he was general manager of the dairies division of Kerry Group after being an executive director of Golden Vale plc for 15 years.

Mr Woulfe started his career with NCF Co-op (now Aurivo) in 1982. He graduated in Dairy Science from UCC and with a Masters in Executive Leadership from University of Ulster.

He is a qualified chartered director from the Institute of Directors, London, and is a director of 12 companies.

He was the Cecil King-Ireland Young Manager of the Year in 1994. He was an EY finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013.

He has invested in a number of Green Energy Projects including Biomass, Wind and Solar companies.


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