Appointed: 20 February 2012 and as Chairman 3 May 2018. Philip has extensive business leadership and international experience following an executive career in the financial services industry practice at Accenture. Philip brings financial and operational expertise as well as significant board level experience. Philip was formerly Global Chief Operating Officer for the financial services industry practice at Accenture and also a member of the Accenture Global Leadership Council. Philip is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Philip was appointed Chairman of the Board in May 2018 and has served as a Director for eight years. He is Chairman of the Nomination Committee having previously served as Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Appointed: 24 February 2014. Hugh’s biomedical research and academic background brings an invaluable perspective to the Board particularly in the areas of health and wellbeing. He also brings a broad range of international and leadership experience. Hugh is currently President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Bristol in the UK, a position he has held since 2015. Hugh 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 University College Dublin (UCD). He was previously President of UCD from 2004 to 2013. He is a non-Executive Director on the Board of ICON plc where he also serves on the Audit Committee.
Hugh joined both the Audit and Nomination Committees in 2015.
Appointed: 1 June 2017. Gerard has considerable knowledge of the food industry, in particular the dairy and agribusiness sectors, as well as many years business management experience. He brings insights to the Board that are reflective of the Group’s heritage and the dairy community that he represents. Gerard operates his own business in the agribusiness sector and is a director and co-owner of two private companies in the marine industry.
Appointed: 1 January 2015. Karin is an experienced business leader who also brings extensive pharmaceutical market knowledge. She has wide ranging experience as a non-Executive Director on an international basis. During her career she was an Executive Director on the Board of Schering AG in Berlin with responsibility for the Diagnostic Imaging business as well as worldwide manufacturing and procurement and was a partner at the NY and Amsterdam office of an international consultancy firm (formerly known as Booz Allen & Hamilton) where she specialised in the pharmaceutical industry. Karin holds a Ph.D. and an MBA. She is currently a non-Executive Director on the Boards of Gerresheimer AG, Paion AG (vice Chairperson) and Almirall S.A. Karin is also a director of a number of private companies.
Karin joined the Remuneration Committee in January 2015 and the Nomination Committee in December 2015.
Appointed: 11 January 2012. Joan has significant financial services and investment experience having spent over 30 years advising on and managing investment funds. Joan is also an experienced non-Executive Director and has particular expertise in financial and remuneration matters. Joan is Managing Director of ClearView Investments & Pensions Limited and previously held other leadership roles in the Investment and pensions industry including with the National Treasury Management Agency (Ireland) and with Hibernian Investment Managers. Joan is currently non-Executive Director at ICON plc and Irish Residential Properties REIT plc. She is also a director of a number of private companies.
In February 2012, Joan was appointed Chairperson of the Remuneration Committee and joined the Audit Committee on the same date. She was appointed Senior Independent Director on May 2018.
Appointed: 1 November 2020. Emer Gilvarry is a former senior partner of law firm Mason Hayes and Curran where she was managing partner from 2008 to 2014 and chair from 2014 to 2017. Ms Gilvarry is currently the Senior Independent Director at Greencoat Renewables plc and served as a non-Executive Director of Aer Lingus plc from 2014 to 2015.
Emer joined the Audit Committee in November 2020.
Appointed: 29 September 2015. Tom is an experienced leader who brings extensive knowledge of the food and agriculture industries combined with a broad range of international diplomacy skills. He is also a member of a number of boards and committees. Tom had a long and distinguished career within the Irish Public Sector where he served as Secretary General of the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and also held a number of international policy and international trade negotiation leadership roles. Tom is currently a Board member of An Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, and chairs its Dairy Subsidiary Board. He is also Chairman of the Irish Government Public Appointments Service. Tom is a registered Chartered Director.
Tom joined the Remuneration Committee in February 2016 and the Nomination Committee in November 2020.
Appointed: 1 June 2017. Con has a deep knowledge of the food industry, in particular the dairy and agribusiness sectors. He brings insights to the Board that are reflective of the Group’s heritage and the dairy community that he represents. Con operates his own business in the agribusiness sector and is a member of the Board of a small private company. He was previously the Chairman of the Irish Montbeliarde Cattle Society.
Appointed: 8 May 2018. Christopher is an experienced non-Executive Director with a broad business leadership background who also brings extensive knowledge of the foodservice industry together with financial and risk management expertise. He was formerly an Executive Director of Whitbread plc for 11 years, serving as Finance Director for 7 years and then as Global Managing Director of Costa Coffee. Christopher is currently non-Executive Senior Independent Director at Travis Perkins plc and non-Executive Director at Vivo Energy plc and Walker Greenbank plc. Christopher is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants England and Wales. He is also a visiting Fellow at Durham University (UK).
He was appointed Chairman of the Audit Committee with effect from May 2018 and joined the Remuneration Committee on April 2020.