Appointments to the Food Safety Consultative Council of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has appointed/re-appointed the following persons to the Food Safety Consultative Council from the 21 September 2017 to 31 December 2021.

Annette Sweeney                 

Annette is a culinary arts lecturer in the Institute of Technology in Tallaght, Dublin, specialising in using an applied approach to course design and in teaching food safety and food science to chefs from certificate to Masters Level. She leads the Masters in Applied Culinary Nutrition at IT Tallaght in Dublin, which underpinned by rigorous nutrition and food science aims to enable chefs to innovate food for health and wellness in line with current and future food trends.

Cormac Healy                        

Cormac is currently the Director of Meat Industry Ireland (MII), the representative organisation for the meat industry in Ireland.  MII represents the beef, pig meat, lamb and poultry meat processing sectors.  Prior to that, he was Director of the Irish Dairy Industries Association (IDIA), which represents the primary dairy processing sector and the infant formula manufacturers in Ireland.  Cormac has 20 years’ experience working in the food industry in Ireland, principally as a representative of industry but he also spent a number of years working with a processing company.

Cormac is a board member of the UECBV (EU Meat Industry Association) and is on the board of Agri-Aware.  He has served as an industry representative on European Commission Agri-food Advisory Groups over the last ten years.  He is a member of the Department of Agriculture led Market Access Group and also the Department of Agriculture’s CAP/Trade Consultative Forum.

He is from a farming background and qualified with a Masters in Agriculture Science from University College Dublin in 1993 and recently completed a Diploma in Strategic Growth (Food Industry) at the UCD Michael Smurfit Business Graduate School.

Dermot Gates                        

Dermot has been Managing Director of Boxmore Plastics Ltd. for over 18 years. Boxmore is a plastics moulding company that supplies products for businesses involved in the food and drinks, pharmaceutical, bio-science and industrial sectors. Boxmore is accredited to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, FSSC 22000 and has a Drug Masterfile Number with the FDA in USA and Canada.

Dermot is a Chartered Chemist and has previously worked in paper packaging and pharmaceutical manufacturing businesses.

Dermot Jewell                          

Dermot (B.Sc. (Mgmt.) Law (TCD)) is Policy & Council Advisor to the Consumers’ Association of Ireland.

His representations include:

Chairperson/Director of the European Consumer Centre (ECC) Ireland; Director of the Investor Compensation Company Limited (ICCL) at the Central Bank of Ireland. Member – Legal Services Regulatory Authority; Member of the Financial Services Ombudsman Council, Bord Bia Quality Assurance Board and Member safefood Advisory Committee.

He is Ireland’s representative on the European Consumer Consultative Group (ECCG) of the European Commission.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration (Irish Branch) CIArb with accreditations in Employment Investigation and Mediation. He is a Member of the Irish Institute of Mediation.

Eamonn Quinn                          

Eamonn spent most of his career in the Family Supermarket Business – Superquinn, founded by his father Senator Feargal Quinn. He was active in the international retail trade organisations in Europe and the USA.  At the time of the sale in 2005, Eamonn was deputy chairman and marketing director. Following the sale the family created a family investment office. Eamonn has been active in the earlier stage investments and will often take a board role where a more hands on approach is required. The focus in recent years is in retail technology. More recently he has appeared as a panellist on Dragons Den identifying promising entrepreneurs to give seed investment to. Eamonn is currently Chairman of Kelsius a digital food safety business, a director of yReceipts a digital receipt business based in London and Nualight an LED lighting business focused on retail applications. Recently Eamonn has taken on the task of chairing the Retail action group on food waste reporting to Denis Naughten, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment

James McCrudden                

James is the national Chairman of Country Markets.  As co-ordinator, James has been instrumental in creating several annual events that have rejuvenated vendor satisfaction and increased customer attendance. James continues to work with local businesses to build strategic partnerships to raise awareness of eating local and supporting local organic agriculture in the community.

Jamie Knox                            

Jamie is Director of Quality, Safety and Environment for Britvic PLC.  He has 20+ years of experience within the food industry in Ireland, UK and Europe.  He is responsible for policies and standards for Quality, Food Safety and Health, Safety and Wellbeing across Britvic UK, Ireland and International operations.

Maree Gallagher                   

Biography to follow

Martin Roper                          

Martin has an honours degree in Environmental Health, a postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health and is a qualified Lead Auditor.

Martin started his professional career as an Environmental Health Officer in the UK and subsequently spent 15 years as a global food safety adviser for one of the world’s largest airline catering organisations. In 2000 Martin started his own food safety consultancy in Ireland working with a wide range of businesses in the catering, hospitality and educational sectors. Martin was the Technical Director for EIQA (Excellence Ireland Quality Association) from 2004 until 2016 with responsibility for the development and auditing of the Q Mark Standards.

He has more than 30 years’ experience in the development and auditing of food safety, health and safety and quality management systems and standards across a wide variety of industry sectors in Europe and the Middle East.

Martin has been a member of the Safefood Advisory Committee since 2016.

Ray Bowe (CHAIR)                

Ray is Head of Food Safety & Quality at Musgrave. He has over 30 years’ experience in senior manufacturing and technical roles in the Dairy, Chilled and Frozen sectors in Ireland, EU and US. He is a member of the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Board, FSAI Retailer Forum, GFSI Technical Working Group on Food Safety Culture and a Founding Member of the Cork Food Policy Council. Ray has particular interest in Food Fraud and Authenticity and works collaboratively with Michigan State University and University of Wageningen. He holds a BSc (Dairying) from UCC and MBA from Open University.

Siobhan Murphy                    

Biography to follow

Tim O’Brien                             

Tim has been a member of the Consultative Council since 2008 representing the restaurant industry. He is an experienced hospitality professional with over 25 years’ experience in the hotel and restaurant business. Tim started his career with Captain Americas and Beshoffs where he was part of their management training and franchise programme.  On completion of his training, he took up a position as general manager of the Old Rectory country house hotel in Wexford.  He then joined the O’Callaghan Group of Hotels.  In 1995 he led and managed a busy hotel and nightclub for over five years in Co. Meath, The Old Darnley Lodge Hotel. In 2000, he started Franzini O’Briens a 120 seat restaurant in Trim Co. Meath. This restaurant continues to successfully trade today. In 2011 he also took up the position as General Manager of the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire.  In the past, Tim has served as Vice Chairman of Meath Tourism and Chairman of the Meath Good Food Circle.

The following persons were appointed by the Minister for Health in 2014

Una Fitzgibbon – 14 February 2014 until 14 February 2019

Biography to follow

Brendan Kehoe – 14 February 2014 until 14 February 2019

Biography to follow

Pat Daly – 14 February 2014 until 14 February 2019

Pat was the Principal Research Officer and Head of Food Industry Development at Teagasc.  He held this role until his retirement in February 2017.

Donal Maguire – 14 February 2014 until 14 February 2019

Donal is the Director of Aquaculture Development Services in BIM.  He heads up the Aquaculture Development Division, encompassing Project Development, Aquaculture Technical and Environment and Quality.

The principal role of the Aquaculture Division is to promote the sustainable development of the Irish aquaculture industry in terms of output, economic viability and improving the environmental impact of the sector by promoting quality and environmental best practice in all areas