Karen Brosnan, a former Nuffield scholar originally from a dairy farm in north Kerry has been appointed as the chair of Nuffield Ireland.

Nuffield Ireland works to identify future leaders in the Irish agricultural sector and supports them through scholarships and international travel.

Brosnan is a management, leadership and organisational change consultant with extensive experience in the agri food industry. She is also the current chair of Gurteen College.

A scholar in 2013, she delivered a report on the pathways of leadership development for the agri food sector.


Speaking about her appointment she said: “It is inspiring to work with an organisation that gives people an opportunity to build their leadership capacity through their exposure to global agriculture and build their networks around the world.

“A key element that we talk about in Nuffield is reciprocity. We look for people who will step up into leadership roles and give back.”

She said while daunting, it was exciting to have the opportunity to build on what had been achieved by two previous chairs; Geoff Dooley and Bill O’Keeffe.


Details of the Nuffield Ireland conference were also announced. It will take place in the Castleknock Hotel on Friday 15 November. The theme for the conference is agriculture’s role in growing a healthy, sustainable society.

The conference will feature a panel discussion with Brendan Gleeson, secretary general of the Department of Agriculture, Professor Alan Matthews, Trinity College Dublin and Professor Alice Stanton of Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and Devenish Nutrition.

There will also be presentations from the five 2018 Nuffield scholars; Colm O’Leary, Joe Lyng, Karol Kissane, Klaus Laitenberger and Tommy Heffernan.

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