NIGTA Appoints First Lady President.

The Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association has broken with tradition and elected a lady president at the Association’s recent annual general  meeting.

Claudine Heron

Claudine Heron
Claudine Heron

Claudine Heron, who is a Senior Commodity Trader with W and R. Barnett Ltd qualified with a Masters in Engineering from Oxford in 1998 and as a graduate started her working career in the oil industry for Mobil and later BP, living in the London area.

After her marriage and a move to Nottingham in 2001 Claudine changed her career direction to work in the food industry as a Technical Brand Manager for Walkers Crisps, part of the Pepsico empire. There she managed the technical aspects of the Doritos and Sensations brands.

On her return to Northern Ireland she began working for W and R Barnett early in 2006 as a Commodity Trader and now, as a Senior Trader, has experience in managing a number of product books including soya.

Commenting on her role as President Claudine said that her priorities would include working with the farming and food organisations to ensure the future profitability of local food production, thus continuing to offer consumers the opportunity to purchase the very high standard of locally produced food.

The new Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association President Claudine Heron pictured with Declan Billington, Immediate Past President; Stephen Burrell, Honorary Treasurer and David Malseed, Honorary Secretary.
The new Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association President Claudine Heron pictured with Declan Billington, Immediate Past President; Stephen Burrell, Honorary Treasurer and David Malseed, Honorary Secretary.

She commented on the resilience of the agri food sector and the employment it has engendered and the potential for further growth, citing the leading employers in Northern Ireland who are all in the food industry.

The new Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association President Claudine Heron pictured with Declan Billington, Immediate Past President; Stephen Burrell, Honorary Treasurer and David Malseed, Honorary Secretary.

Claudine is also keen to further progress the risk based sampling project which was introduced in the wake of the dioxin scare of 2008, and thus ensure that all risks that may affect the sector are catered for and that the industry can identify and prepare for emerging risks. She paid tribute to outgoing President, Declan Billington for the amount of time and effort he had devoted to this project during his year of office, in addition to all of the other NIGTA business and negotiations.

Claudine Heron the new NIGTA President chats to Alan Bristow, George McElnea and Peter Davidson at the Association's AGM in Holywood.

Regarding the membership of NIGTA she is keen to embrace all aspects of the feed industry and will be inviting those companies outside the Association to join and thus add to the negotiating power and quality standards of the Association.

Owen Brennan of Devenish Nutrition was elected Vice President , while David Malseed, United Molasses was re-elected Honorary Secretary and Stephen Burrell of United Feeds  was re-elected Honorary Treasurer.