Kieran Calnan is the chairman of BIM. He is the former CEO, of South Western Services (SWS) Limited, a highly successful company that was based in West Cork, which provided Business processing outsourcing services to a long and varied list of blue chip clients in the food and drink, media, banking, telecommunications, retail and energy sectors. As senior manager of the company for 25 years culminating in his appointment as Chief Executive in 1996, Mr. Calnan oversaw the diversification of SWS from a single service provider (agricultural services) to a multi-service company that included Renewables, Business Process Outsourcing, Forestry and Business Services. The energy business was subsequently sold to Bord Gais in 2009 for a consideration in excess of €500 million.
Mr. Calnan played an active role in promoting the award winning West Cork Fuschia brand (aimed at marketing quality products including seafood from the West Cork area) during its formative years. Kieran has also been responsible for driving job creation and revenue to the West Cork region through the development of a state of the art Business/Technology Park culminating in upwards of 1,000 people currently employed on the site.
Kieran is a member of the Advisory Committee of the UCC 'Ignite' programme, an initiative that aims to promote entrepreneurship in the Munster region and also a Director/Shareholder of a U.S. company, Lakeview Energy, who are involved in renewable fuel.
Jim O’Toole is Chief Executive Officer of BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency. Jim has a wealth of experience in global food marketing, sustainability development and change leadership. He previously held the position of Director of Meat & Livestock and Sustainability Development in Bord Bia where he led a team of senior executives in the development of Bord Bia’s Origin Green initiative. Prior to this, he was responsible for the development and implementation of Bord Bia’s Quality Assurance Schemes and gained extensive experience in the marketplace working with Bord Bia in London, Milan and Paris.
Jim is a Board Member of the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) and holds a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Science from University College Dublin. He has completed a number of professional development programmes at Ashridge Business School, Cranfield University and Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.
Øyvind Fylling-Jensen is Managing Director of Nofima AS. Educated as a veterinary in Germany in 1981. After completion of studies, scholarship holder in veterinary pathology (NLVF). Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in1985. Worked two years as assistant professor at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science. From 1986, work with the industry. Broad experience from biotechnology, diagnostic and pharmaceutical industry, and from aquaculture industry. Position as Vice-CEO of Dynal, Managing Director of Fürst Medical Laboratory, Sales- and Marketing Director of Alpharma and responsible for Fjord Seafood’s aquaculture activities, world-wide. Managing Director of Nofima Mat AS since 2005. Chairman of the board of Bioparken AS and the Food Programme of the ResearchCouncil of Norway. Several courses in leadership and economy at IMD, Harvard Business School, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH), The Norwegian School of Management (BI) and Scandinavian Executive Institute/INSEAD.
Aidan McHugh is a partner with the Dublin-based consultancy Eaton Square. Previously Aidan worked as a Management Consultant with Deloitte where he specialised in corporate strategy development, cost reduction, organisation design, change management and business process development.
Aidan has worked for a range of private and public sector international clients, with a particular emphasis on developing a client relationship in order to design and implement major change initiatives across organisations.
Aidan is a graduate of The London School of Business, The Dublin School of Business and holds an MSc in Computer Science from Maynooth University, Ireland.
Gilles Doignon joined the European Commission (DG MARE) in December 2008, as desk officer for France, then policy officer in charge of the relationships with ICES. Since December 2013 he is information and communication officer, in charge of campaign design, strategy and coordination, involved in the communication campaigns "INSEPARABLE: eat, buy, sell sustainable seafood", "Farmed in the EU" about aquaculture and "MedFish4ever". He is also the Communication Coordinator for the 2017 "Our Ocean" international conference.
In 2008 he worked for WWF as Global Seafood Leader involved in, among others, supervision of national seafood campaigns, development of WWF global sustainable seafood strategy, coordination of WWF seafood activities, production of fishguides and promotion of contacts and partnerships with industry.
Previously Gilles was campaigner in the Brussels Office of Oceana. He was in charge of the campaign about discards and by-catches within the European Union.
From March 2005 to July 2007, he worked as project manager for GIPPA (Groupe d’Intérêt pour les Poissons, la Pêche et l’Aquaculture; Interest Group for Fishes, Fisheries and Aquaculture), a scientific experts group advising and supporting government, administration, stakeholders etc... in Wallonia (Belgium). Among others, he organized two conferences about fish farming and fish restockings in rivers and was involved in several projects (eel management, FANCAM Leonardo da Vinci project about teaching of fish farming).
From 1996 to 2005, Gilles developed scientific research about marine biodiversity in several European locations and in Papua New Guinea.
Gilles holds a Masters in Science degree in zoological sciences (marine biology major) and a teaching degree in biology from the Free University of Brussels.
Andrew Mullins holds the position of Sustainability Development Manager in Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, and has been an integral member of the team involved in the development and implementation of Bord Bia’s leading Origin Green Sustainability Programme since its inception in 2012.
Over the years, Andrew has worked to integrate sustainability across all levels of the supply chain within the Irish food and drink industry. The Origin Green programme aims to demonstrate the commitment of the Irish food and drink industry, at both farm and manufacturing level, to producing in a sustainable manner and highlight the targets being set by the industry to deliver continuous improvement. Andrew also works with colleagues to communicate the targets being set and progress being made by participating members to key trade customers.
Andrew has an MSc in Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility from Queen’s University, Belfast and a PGDip in International Business Development from Dublin Institute of Technology.
Dr. Joanne Fearon is a programme manager in the school of Food and Nutritional Sciences in University College Cork. She has over 10 years’ experience in the area of specialised skills training for the Agri- Food sector including the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s “Agri Food Graduate Development Programme” which has provided industry specific training and development to over 1800 young researchers to date. This specialised skills training programme was the first of its type in Ireland providing industry relevant training and development to young graduates just beginning their careers. In addition, Dr Fearon manages training and development programmes for Teagasc and Commercial entities. Joanne has extensive experience of programme design and delivery of transferrable and specialised skills training both as an administrator and a trainer. She has undertaken significant further training in the areas of Career Coaching, Professional Effectiveness and Training Design and Evaluation. In particular, Dr Fearon has a special interest in the impact of training.
Before joining the AFGDP, Joanne was Assistant Junior Dean in Trinity College and worked for the Centre for Academic Practice and Student learning there. When not working, Joanne enjoys marathon running and Ironman triathlon.
Olivia Slevin has more than 20 years’ experience in the food industry. Her experience spans a wide variety of senior management roles including Business Development; Account Management; Leadership/ Team Development; and Project/ Programme Management. She is privileged to have lived and worked in Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA for companies such as Dairygold, Galtee, Olhausen’s and Bord Bia. Operating as a self-employed consultant since 2012, Olivia’s areas of specialization include managing leadership, strategic growth and change programmes. She has been working with BIM over the past number of months on developing a Skills Roadmap to ensure that the human capital of the seafood industry achieves and maintains the skill base to operate efficiently and sustainably, to embrace innovation, and thus maximise its competitiveness in the global seafood market.
Wayne Denner is a Nothern Ireland-based digital marketing professional, lecturer/trainer and online reputation, trust and safety expert. He has extensive expertise in digital & traditional marketing communications. With over 17 years digital experience, specialising in emerging trends within the areas of social media and online reputation & user safety, web 2.0, e-commerce platforms, mobile marketing methodologies, consumer behaviour and online engagement. Wayne currently lectures at the The Belfast Academy of Marketing, Queen's University, Belfast. Wayne is a graduate of Northumbria University, UK and holds an MSc in Communications, Training and Development from Queen's University, Belfast.
Barry Robinson is a Director in Deloitte’s Corporate Finance team and a member of Deloitte’s Brexit Committee with a focus on Brexit lab facilitation and scenario planning. Barry specialises in forensic, which includes investigations, litigation support and expert witness services in large commercial disputes. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a BSc in Accounting with French from the Queens University Belfast.
Gavin Duffy is publicly known for his work with entrepreneurs on all seven series of RTE’s Dragons’ Den. However, his true vocation is training. He is a passionate and committed trainer, delivering consultancy, facilitation and coaching through Gavin Duffy & Associates . He has coached a number of Taoisigh, and the CEOs and SMT Executives of the leading corporations in Ireland and the UK. He has also delivered training courses and keynotes in the US, Australia, and all over Europe.
Gavin’s career in media started at age seventeen, setting-up a local radio station in County Louth. He was the presenter of the first RTE television business programme, Marketplace, and two years before that in 1985 was one of the first broadcasters on Morning Ireland on RTE Radio One. He won the franchise for regional radio station LMFM in 1989, later sold to UTV.
He is a founding member of the Irish Chapter of EO, the international Entrepreneur’s Organisation, and is also a member of Ireland’s Public Relations Institute (PRII).