Ireland Management Profiles
|GEOFF DOOLEY – Chairman|
Geoff began his farming career in 1991 and today manages beef, forestry and miscanthus (energy crop) enterprises on four separate holdings in counties Limerick, Tipperary and Clare. He has led a number of businesses in the commercial and environmental technology sectors including a contract cleaning firm, a biodiesel project, an e-learning initiative and a waste plastics recycling enterprise.
In 2010, he put together the strategy that founded XLVets in Ireland; a professional network of 27 farm animal veterinary practices. In 2011, he founded and secured funding for a sister organisation called XLVets Skillnet which provides herd health training and development services to the veterinary and farming sectors in Ireland. He continues to facilitate the operation and management of XLVets and XLVets SKillnet. In 2016, XLVets Skillnet was formally recognised as Ireland’s Best Learning & Development Network by the Irish Institute of Training and Development.
In 2016, he co-founded the agricultural technology start-up that trades as Co-Farm and he provides management support services to the agricultural media company That’s Farming. He was elected Chairman of Nuffield Ireland and joined the Board in January 2017.
Holding a BSc (1st Hons) in Environmental Science, an MBA, an MSc Finance and a Professional Certificate in Training and Development; he more recently completed an Advanced Diploma in Executive Coaching at the Irish Management Institute.
A 2003 Scholar, Geoff undertook a study titled “Bioenergy; empowering farmers in a globalised economy”. He is married to Geraldine and they have three teenage sons; Ian, Conor and Brian.
|JOHN TYRRELL – Secretary|
John Tyrrell is Executive Secretary of Nuffield Ireland Farming Scholars, and took up this position in January 2013.
John is from a farming background in County Dublin. He graduated with an Honours Degree in Agriculture from University College Dublin. He then worked with ADAS, in the UK for three years as a Specialist Dairy Adviser.
n 1978, he took up a role in the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS), which is the umbrella body for agricultural co-operatives. He became CEO of ICOS in January 1990 and continued in that capacity until late 2010.
John played an important role in developing the close link between ICOS and Nuffield, and had been part of the candidate selection panel for many years.
John operates a consultancy business focused on the food industry, co-operatives, governance and strategy. He has extensive experience of international dairy co-ops. He is also is Executive Secretary of the Dairy Research Trust which is responsible for the collection and allocation of the dairy levy to dairy production and food research programmes, and is part of the European network of dairy levy organisations.
He is married to Doreen, and they have two adult boys. In his spare time he is a keen golfer, and avid follower of Leinster rugby.