Finding a silver lining in recent times can be challenging, but Dr Anne Marie Butler offers a glimmer of hope for her year ahead as the 71st president of the Agricultural Science Association (ASA). “ASA is the voice of science and I would like my legacy to be that I’ve left it strong, if not stronger,” she says.

Walking around her family farm in north Kilkenny, her optimism is infectious and her passion for what she does shines through.