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Board of Directors

A wealth of expertise, from field to fork.

Our Board of Directors represents a wealth of knowledge and expertise gained across the UK and Ireland and experience in every sector in which we operate, from the field to the fork.

Geoffrey Vance

Geoffrey Vance

Chairman

Geoffrey Vance (aged 64) is Chairman of Donegal Investment Group plc. He has served on the Board of Donegal Investment Group plc since its conversion from a society in 1989. Prior to this, he served for a number of years on the Committee of management of Donegal Co-operative Creameries Limited.

Norman Witherow

Norman Witherow

Non-Executive Director

Norman Witherow (aged 63) was appointed to the Board on 2 July 2003. He is vice chairman of the Board and chairman of the Remuneration Committee. He is also a director of Raphoe Enterprise Company Limited.

Frank Browne

Frank Browne

Non-Executive Director

Frank Browne (aged 62), was appointed to the Board on 29 June 2011. Frank previously served on the Board of Donegal Investment Group plc from 1996 to 2006. He holds no other directorships.

Padraic Lenehan

Padraic Lenehan

Executive Director

Padraic Lenehan (Finance Director) BCOMM, FCCA (aged 41) was appointed to the Board on 1 July 2015. Padraic joined Donegal Investment Group plc in 2008 as Financial Controller of its Dairy business, where he subsequently became Financial Controller of the merged Aurivo and Donegal Creameries milk business. In 2013 he returned to Donegal Investment Group plc as Head of Finance. Prior to that he worked for RTÉ, Accenture and in financial services in Dublin.

Michael Griffin

Michael Griffin

Non-Executive Director

Michael Griffin (aged 69) was appointed to the Board on 1 March 2010. Michael is a graduate of UCC and has over 35 years experience in the food industry in Ireland and the UK. Prior to this, he served as an executive director of the Kerry Group plc from 1990 until his retirement in 2004.

Ian Ireland

Ian Ireland

Managing Director

Ian Ireland (Managing Director), BSC, MBA, Chartered Director (aged 54) joined Donegal Investment Group plc in January 2005. Prior to that he had spent over 20 years working in the food industry in Ireland and the UK.

Patrick Kelly Jnr

Patrick Kelly Jnr

Non-Executive Director

Patrick Kelly Jnr (aged 43) was appointed to the Board on 7 July 2004. He is chairman of the Audit Committee. He is also a former director of Teagasc and former National Chairman of Macra na Feirme.

Geoffrey McClay

Geoffrey McClay

Non-Executive Director

Geoffrey McClay (aged 50) was appointed to the Board on 1 July 2010. Geoffrey previously served on the Board of Donegal Investment Group plc during the period 2001 to 2006. He is also a director of Mullinacross Enterprises Limited.

Henry Mc Garvey

Henry Mc Garvey

Non-Executive Director

Henry Mc Garvey (aged 48) was appointed to the Board on 28 August 2013. Mr. McGarvey was previously Managing Director of Pramerica Systems Ireland Limited and is currently a board member of the IDA. Previously, Mr. McGarvey worked in senior executive positions with Almarai in Saudi Arabia, Motorola and Accenture in Dublin.