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.
Jim Power is owner manager of Jim Power Economics Limited and conducts economic and financial consultancy projects both in Ireland and overseas.
He is a regular speaker at conferences at home and abroad. He has taught on the Executive and Full-Time MBA at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin and at Dublin City University. He is currently teaching a Diploma in Economics for Independent Colleges.
He is an economic advisor to the Friends First Group. He was formerly Treasury Economist at AIB and Chief Economist at Bank of Ireland Treasury.
Author of ‘Friends First Quarterly Economic Outlook’ since 2001, he writes a weekly column in The Irish Examiner and The Sunday Business Post online edition. He contributes to numerous other newspapers and magazines on an occasional basis. He is a board member of Agri-aware, the food awareness body and is Chairperson of Love Irish Food.
David is a corporate finance partner. He leads Public Policy including Brexit in Deloitte Ireland.
David is a member of the IIEA Brexit Hub. He is a Council member of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Brexit subcommittee. He has spoken at a number of conferences on Brexit in both Ireland and Northern Ireland. He led a team that conducted a sectoral review on behalf of a Government Department of the impact of Brexit on Irish companies. He has advised a number of companies on the impact of Brexit.
David leads 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.
Micheál O’ Mahony, a veterinary graduate of UCD, spent several years working in food animal clinical practice following which he was appointed as Lecturer in Veterinary Public Health & Food Safety with UCD, where he participated in various projects in the teaching and research of Veterinary Public Health. In 2004 he was awarded an MVM degree for his research project on Irish organic dairy farming. Micheál was appointed as Chief Specialist in Veterinary Public Health with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland in 2005, and the following year achieved Diplomate status with the European College of Veterinary Public Health, to become a European Veterinary Specialist sub speciality Food Science. Micheál took up the post of Authority Member with the SFPA in 2008.
Richard has over 25 years’ experience in the seafood industry with a diverse range of roles ranging from working as a Marine Biologist with Marine Harvest Ireland to his current position as Salmon and Shellfish Development Manager with Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM). His career began with a Master’s of Science from Trinity College followed by a range of jobs including working on the commercial development of Ireland’s eel fisheries for the Electricity Supply Board to angling tourism with Inland Fisheries Ireland. Following on from this sales and marketing of seafood became his real passion. Working in Belgium as Sales and Marketing Manager with Pan European Fish Auctions (PEFA) gave him a taste of the international seafood market with responsibility for sales in Europe, Asia and South America. This lead to a role in the then Marketing Division of BIM in which Richard worked with numerous Irish seafood companies on market research in Europe, USA and Asia. Prior to his current role he was appointed General Manager at Abbeyfield Foods where he was involved with the sale of seafood products throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Richard is currently Salmon and Shellfish Development Manager in BIM and works closely with Irish seafood companies in developing business strategies.
Tony Buckley recently retired from his position as Assistant Secretary in Revenue, the Irish Tax and Customs administration. He was head of Customs from 2015 to 2018 and acted as Revenue lead on matters connected with Brexit as well as holding responsibility for Customs policy, legislation, systems and procedures. This involved him in Brexit contingency planning, stakeholder engagement and extensive liaison nationally and internationally.
In the course of 27 years in Revenue, Tony held a range of responsibilities including corporate governance, communications, statistics, economic research and training, and spent ten years as Director of the Revenue South West Region.
A native of West Limerick, Tony is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and now lives in Cork, adjusting to his new “retired” status.