GRAIN TRADE EMPHASISES ITS ROLE IN THE AGRI FOOD CHAIN

“A very busy schedule with detailed attention to all aspects of the work of the NI Grain Trade Association and of the agri food sector generally” was how the incoming President, Owen Brennan, described the work of the outgoing President, Claudine Heron at the Association’s annual general meeting. Owen went on to say that as NIGTA’s first lady president she had set a very high standard for future presidents.

Owen Brennan, second right, the new President of NIGTA pictured at the Grain Trade AGM along with from left: David Malseed, Honorary Secretary; Stephen Burrell, Honorary Treasurer and outgoing President Claudine Heron. Picture: Columba O'Hare
Owen Brennan, second right, the new President of NIGTA pictured at the Grain Trade AGM along with from left: David Malseed, Honorary Secretary; Stephen Burrell, Honorary Treasurer and outgoing President Claudine Heron. Picture: Columba O'Hare

Presenting her Presidents’ report Claudine outlined how NIGTA had carried out lobbying activities regarding a vast range of subjects which included GMO legislation, food exports, TSE, IPPC regulations, the A5 Western Corridor, enriched cages, feed labelling, grain passports , heavy goods vehicle charging and feed safety and auditing.

Describing how this work was accomplished Claudine outlined a long list of industry and government leaders and organisations which NIGTA had networked and negotiated with in order to work on behalf of NIGTA members and for the benefit of the agri food industry generally.

AGRI TECHNOLOGY LEADER HEADS NIGTA.

Outgoing NIGTA President Claudine Heron presents a bouquet to NIGTA Secretary Doris Leeman at the Association's AGM in appreciation of her work through the year. Picture: Columba O'Hare
Outgoing NIGTA President Claudine Heron presents a bouquet to NIGTA Secretary Doris Leeman at the Association's AGM in appreciation of her work through the year. Picture: Columba O'Hare

Owen Brennan was elected President for 2012 at the Northern Ireland

Grain Trade Associations’ annual general meeting. This is Owen’s second term in the post having previously held the office in 2002. An active supporter of the agri food industry Owen also held the position of Chairman of the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) for Northern Ireland from 2002 to 2009.

Owen is Executive Chairman of Devenish Nutrition, an Agri-technology company based in Belfast. His commitment to the agriculture and food industry stems from his farming and business background, and from his own personal interest in, and knowledge of the sector. He graduated in 1982 from University College Dublin with a degree in Agriculture and in 1992 with an MBA from the Smurfit Business School. His work experience in the grain and feed compounding industry, and his present role as Chairman of an agri-technology company support his belief that the agricultural industry is an integral part of the food industry.

In 1997 Owen headed the management team, which acquired Devenish Nutrition, a company dedicated to intensive research, development and manufacturing of quality premixes and speciality products for the intensive livestock sector. The Company continues to develop with two locations in the USA and a network of key distributors, partners and clients throughout Europe, USA, Africa, Asia and South America.

The new vice President of NIGTA is Alan Johnston while David Malseed and Stephen Burrell were re-elected Honorary Secretary and Treasurer respectively.