Mr O’Leary, a highly regarded dairy farmer who has served on the Dairygold board since 2005, is from Ballyvourney in the mid-Cork region. Bertie and Joan O’Leary have four children.
He has served as a Dairygold representative for over 20 years. Currently vice-president of ICOS, and chairman of the National Dairy Committee in ICOS, he is also a Dairygold nominee director on the board of Reox Holdings. He served as vice chairman in Dairygold in 2009 and 2010.
James Lynch is from Cappa, Sixmilebridge, Co Clare. He was elected to the Dairygold board in 2008 from the Limerick region.
An extensive dairy farmer, Mr Lynch who has been active locally in Macra, and is a board member of Co-operative Animal Health Ltd, Munster AI and the Irish Cattle Breeders Federation. In 2004, his farm became one of Dairygold’s first monitor farms. James and Maura Lynch have three children.
Dairygold Co-op also recently appointed four new members to its board of directors.
Former Enterprise Ireland chief executive Dan Flinter was co-opted to fill one of the two independent director positions. His appointment follows on the retirement of Adrian Burke, a former managing partner of Arthur Andersen, who completed his six-year term.
Also elected in rotational elections were Edmund Lynch, Richard Hinchion, and Liam Foley.
Mr Lynch is a dairy farmer from Ladysbridge, and has been a member of the Dairygold general committee for a number of years, representing the Mogeely region.
Mr Hinchion was elected from the mid-Cork region to succeed the retiring Patrick Healy, who has served four years on the board, including the vice chairmanship. Mr Hinchion, a dairy farmer from Crookstown, is a former county chairman and national vice chairman of Macra.
Mr Foley from Donoughmore was elected by the general committee to fill the seat vacated by outgoing chairman Vincent Buckley, who retired from the board in accordance with the rules of the society, having served the two five-year terms.
Mr Foley is a former director of the Dairygold board, and an former IFA national dairy committee chairman, and has served on the Irish Dairy Board.