My role is office manager of the Agricultural Science Association (ASA), a voluntary organisation and the professional body for graduates in agricultural, horticultural, forestry, environmental and food science.

I grew up on a mixed farm – sucklers and a bit of tillage – in Canada. There are about 80ac there, so it was always a part-time thing for my parents and it kept us out of trouble. It’s like Ireland, it’s hard to make a living off of 80ac, especially with beef cattle. My sister still runs it today and I still have a few cows there.