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.
A qualified accountant, FCCA, Margaret had previous appointments in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland where her last engagement was as Finance & Planning Manager and Secretary to the Board. Margaret is also a member of the Audit & Risk committees of SafeFood and the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland.
Maintaining the highest standards of Corporate Governance while supporting the customer-facing divisions, Corporate Services includes finance, information technology, investment services, health & safety and front office services.
The aim of Business Development & Innovation (BDI) is to enable Irish Seafood to become a smart, green seafood sector generating prosperity and employment in Ireland. We work to achieve this through an integrated approach to business development including market-led innovation and new product development in BIM’s Seafood Development Centre. We also assist companies to build scale through investment and route to market collaboration. Our diverse team is committed to supporting the growth of the Irish seafood sector in the home and export markets.
Donal Maguire leads the Seafood Technical Services Business unit, encompassing Certification and Sustainability, Fisheries Conservation, Technical Services and the Regional Development teams.
The principal role of the Seafood Technical Services Business unit is to promote the sustainable development of the Irish Seafood sector in terms of output, economic viability and improving the environmental performance of the sector by promoting quality, innovation and environmental best practice in all areas.
Michael Keatinge heads up the Fisheries Development Division, encompassing Fleet Development, Fisheries Services, Marine Technical and Fisheries Development. The principal role of the Fisheries Development Division is to develop Ireland’s sea fisheries, generating the optimum financial return for the sector in accordance with sustainable exploitation of resources and maximising the socio-economic contribution and employment in the sector in coastal areas.
Michael also heads up BIM’s training service which provides the necessary technical training to ensure on-going industry development and includes the National Fisheries Colleges at Greencastle and Castletownbere, and two mobile coastal training units that offer courses at fishing ports.