Nick Whelan, the CEO of the dairy co-operative Dale Farm, has been named director of the year in the large business category of the 2019 Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) Director of the Year Awards.

This award comes as a result of his notable leadership, under which the dairy firm has experienced a period of significant and profitable growth.

On receiving his award, Whelan said: “I have the privilege of working alongside great people in Dale Farm, from the teams in our bases across the UK to our world-class dairy farmers who supply us with milk. Much like the other finalists in the IoD Director of the Year awards, their talent and commitment are exceptional.”


The IoD Director of the Year Awards recognise excellence in leadership in the private, public and third sectors. They focus on the individual’s achievement and the importance of the director’s role in the community.

The award also takes into account the success each business and its contribution to the Northern Ireland economy over the past year.

Dale Farm is now the largest UK farmer-owned dairy co-operative and the boss will progress to be considered for the national IoD Director of the Year Awards taking place in London later this year.