Itinerary for your Day Future in Food Ireland

Session 1: Leadership in Sustainability, CSR & The Environment
9.00am - Ministerial Opening
9.20am - Martin Hofler - Bord Bia
9.40am - David O'Flynn - Dawn Meats
10.00am - Cathal Kelly - Rye River Brewing
10.20am - Paul Moloney - Lidl Ireland & NI
10.45am - Refreshment Break

Session 2: Global Leadership & Operational Excellence
11.15am - Tommy Morrissey - Oakpark Foods
11.35am - Niall Kiernan - Global Green Sustainability
12.00am - Panel Discussion: Lean Management in Irish Food Processing
- Ian O'Toole - Mondelez
- Tommy Morrissey - Oakpark Foods
- Dr.Richard Keegan - Enterprise Ireland
- Eamonn Redmond - Lily O'Brien's Chocolates

Session 3: Brexit - An Opportunity, Not An Export Barrier!
2.00pm - Enda Buckley - Carbery Group
2.25pm - David Carson - Deloitte
2.45pm - James Hogan - Green Business
3.10pm - Panel Discussion: Brexit & Beyond?
- Simon McKeever - CEO - Irish Exporters Ass.
- Paul Kelly - Director - IBEC
- Owen McFeely - Director - PwC Ireland
3.45pm - Summary & Event Close

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  • 8:00am Breakfast & Networking

    Enjoy a lite breakfast before the conference begins and take advantage to have a chat with solution suppliers who are here to answer any technical questions generated from the stage & audience.


    9:00am Opening Chair

    Conor Molloy - AEMS - Event Chairman

    Conor Molloy is an independent energy advisor, accepted as a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, CILT, FTAI, IMCA and EVO

    With an MSc in Energy Management and Renewable energy from University of Ulster, he is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Measurement & Verification professional (CMVP) and trainer for ISO50001. 

    In recent times, he has trained ESOS Lead Assessors in Transport Energy Auditing at the request of the UK Government’s Environment Agency, led the publication of EN 16247-4 Europe’s transport energy audit standard and contributed to ISO50004.

    Since 2005, Conor’s day job has been helping business’ save fuel and manage their energy usage for profit and reduced emissions.

Session 1: Leadership in Sustainability, CSR & The Environment

  • 9:10am Keynote speaker

    Minister of State Andrew Doyle TD

    Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine.

    Andrew Doyle TD was appointed as a Minister of State at Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine on 19 May 2016.

    He was first elected to represent Wicklow-East Carlow in 1997 and was a member of Wicklow County Council from 1999-2007.  During his career as a TD he has served as Fine Gael’s spokesperson for Agriculture.

    In 2011 he was appointed Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine.   This role gave Andrew an invaluable insight into the many issues and challenges facing the Irish agriculture sector.

    From a farming background, Andrew Doyle TD has brought practical experience to the various roles he has held and has continually highlighted the important role that the indigenous agricultural, food, marine, forestry and horticulture industries can play in Ireland’s economic recovery.

  • 9:20am Keynote speaker

    Martin Hofler - Sustainability Development Manager - Bord Bia

    Martin is an experienced sustainability professional and has worked across private and public organisations to devise, implement and communicate corporate sustainability agendas. He has recently joined Bord Bia as Sustainability Development Manager where he is part of the team involved in the development and implementation of Bord Bia’s Origin Green Sustainability programme.

    Prior to this Martin spent two years working as an Origin Green Ambassadorpromoting the sustainability credentials of the Irish Food Industry to global food manufacturers, retailers and NGOs, through international sustainability placements within the Centre of Sustainable Corporate Leadership and Ornua Deutschland (Germany), PepsiCo (U.S.) and the Dairy Sustainability Framework (UK).

    Martin holds a MSc. in Business Sustainability (UCD Smurfit), MSc. in Environmental Science (Trinity College Dublin) and a BSc. in Environmental Science (University of Scranton). He is also a member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.




    Speaker Topic
    Bulmers – Our Sustainability Journey

    9:40am Keynote speaker

    Michael Hannigan - Engineering Manager

    C&C Group

    Michael is an engineering graduate from UCD. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager. He also holds an MSc from the University of Manchester and an MBS from the IMI/UCC.

    Michael has worked in the food and beverage industry for nearly 20 years across a range of leadership roles. He has extensive experience in engineering, energy, operations and utility management with a strong track record of delivering effective change programmes in these areas.

    C&C Group is headquartered in Dublin with manufacturing facilities in Clonmel, Glasgow and Vermont. Their main manufactured brands include Bulmers, Magners, Tennents and Tipperary water. C&C also distributes a range of third party brands in Scotland and Ireland.

  • Speaker Topic
    Small companies strive to be Lean & Green

    10.00am Keynote speaker

    Cathal Kelly - Plant Manager

    Rye River Brewing

    Cathal is currently the Manufacturing & Plant manager for Rye River Brewing company, managing the overall operations of the plant including Production, Brewing, Engineering and H&S.

    Cathal’s background is in Electrical Engineering and has studied advanced robotics in Austin Texas. He has also managed Engineering teams in high volume manufacturing companies such as Crown Packaging (Food) LTD and Balcas LTD.

    Using lean tools to improve efficiency and reduce waste. Cathal also ran his own company for 10 years designing control systems and providing engineering support to manufacturing companies including Future Print, Zomax, & MPO.

  • Speaker Topic
    The increasing importance of sustainability in retail

    10.20am Keynote speaker

    Deirdre Ryan - Head of CSR

    Lidl Ire & NI

    In her role as Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Deirdre leads the development and implementation of Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland’s sustainability strategy. This includes a broad scope of topics from carbon footprint analysis and responsible sourcing of products to food waste reduction initiatives and stakeholder engagement.

    Deirdre is responsible for embedding best practice into all business management processes, developing targets and key performance indicators and reporting on progress. Lidl’s ambitious commitment to sustainability has been recognised and supported by Bord Bia’s Origin Green Sustainability Program.

    Deirdre holds an MSc in International Business and an MSc in Sustainability from UCD Smurfit School of Business and completed the first Origin Green Ambassador programme. Prior to her current role, Deirdre worked in numerous leading food companies on their sustainability programmes including Nestle and METRO Group.

    Deirdre also represents Lidl on the Stakeholder Forum for Ireland's National Plan for Corporate Social Responsibility 2017-2020.

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Session 2: Panel Discussion Global Leadership & Operational Excellence

  • Speaker Topic
    Lean Manufacturing

    11.15am Keynote speaker

    Tommy Morrissey - Operations Manager

    Oakpark Foods

    My name is Tommy Morrissey. I am a qualified accountant with ACCA and I have a Black Belt in lean manufacturing. I have over ten years experience in the food manufacturing industry from primary to secondary processing.

    I am the Operations Manager with Oakpark Foods where we are driving a continuous improvement culture in everything we do. Our policy is to engage with our team members at all levels of the business to ensure they contribute and belong to the process.

    At Oakpark Foods we process pork and bacon products where we distribute to all of the major retailers in Ireland, the United Kingdom and to mainland Europe.

    Our focus in Oakpark Foods is to use the lean tools and techniques to guide people in a structured forum for problem solving.

  • 11.35am Keynote speaker

    Eamonn Redmond - Operations Manager

    Lilly O'Brien's Chocolates

    Eamonn is Operations Manager at Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates, where with the help of a very talented Operations team, he is improving results by harnessing the capability of People.

    Our focus in Lily O’Brien’s is to simplify work, identify and eliminate waste, improve productivity and optimise equipment performance, using a Lean Six Sigma approach.

    Before joining Lily’s, Eamonn worked with Multinationals P&G and Gillette in Medical device manufacturing, working in various disciplines, including Engineering, Supply Chain and Operations.

Panel Discussion: Lean Management in Irish Food Processing

Conor Molloy

Authentic Energy
Event Chairman

Dr.Richard Keegan

Enterprise Ireland
FIEI Manager

Ian O’Toole

Global Engineering Man.
Mondelez International

Conor Browne

Global Head of Eng.

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Session 3: Panel Discussion Brexit: An Opportunity, Not An Export Barrier






    Speaker Topic
    Give Peas a chance

    02.00pm Keynote speaker

    Edwina Hughes - Corporate responsibility Director

    Sodexo UK & Ireland

    Edwina has worked in corporate responsibility for over twelve years.  She qualified from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Business and Economics in and built on this with an M.A. from the School of Business at Trinity focusing particularly on corporate responsibility.

    Edwina has worked in research; for government and in charities.  She spent seven years in a range of campaigning roles at Business in the Community – looking at the role of business in social housing, education and homelessness.

    As CR director for Sodexo UK & Ireland, Edwina decides and leads our corporate responsibly strategy for the UK & Ireland.   She oversees the production of corporate responsibility resources and manages our projects. She briefs and supports Board members on our work, liaises with subject matter experts from across the business.  She also oversees partnerships with key stakeholders including WWF, Food Ethics Council and FareShare.




    Speaker Topic
    Planning for Brexit – A Practical Approach

    02.20pm Keynote speaker

    David Carson - Partner


    David is a corporate finance partner. He leads the Brexit, crisis management and forensic teams in Ireland. He contributed to a task force advising the Lord Mayor of Dublin on the possible impacts of Brexit on Dublin.

    David is a member of the Brexit subcommittee of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce. He has spoken at a number of conferences on Brexit in both Ireland and Northern Ireland. He spoke at The Irish Times Brexit summit, a British Irish Chamber of Commerce Brexit conference, the National Manufacturing Conference and a Department of Agriculture conference on the impact of Brexit on the Fishing industry

    David leads out the Deloitte “Brexit Lab” for clients to assist them in their strategies to mitigate threats and take advantage of opportunities arising from Brexit. The lab accelerates businesses beyond uncertainty by examining potential risks, scenario planning and exploring opportunities to drive strategy and decision making.

  • Speaker Topic
    Responding to Brexit

    02.45pm Keynote speaker

    Bord Bia – Tara McCarthy – CEO

    Tara McCarthy is the Chief Executive of Bord Bia. She was previously Chief Executive for Bord IascaighMhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency.

    Tara brings with her over 20 years’ experience in the wider food industry. Tara has operated in overseas markets for 10 years in Germany, France and Belgium and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with an MBS in Marketing from Smurfit Business School.

    An affiliate of IMD Business School, Switzerland; Tara has been a regular contributor to the Government’s Food Harvest 2020 and Food Wise 2025 reports and succeeded in delivering a number of instrumental initiatives for the Irish Food Industry under the ‘Pathways for Growth’ programme.

    Ms. McCarthy was previously Director of the Food and Beverages Division in Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board and has led a team of Senior Executives on the development of the seafood, dairy, prepared foods; alcohol and small business sectors.


Panel Discussion: Brexit & Beyond?

Conor Molloy

Authentic Energy
Event Chairman

Paul Kelly

Food Drink Ireland

Tara McCarthy

Bord Bia

Owen McFeely


Simon McKeever

Irish Exporters Assoc.

Summary & Event Close