New role for Nuffield scholar at Aurivo

It has been announced that Dr. Roberta McDonald, a 2016 Nuffield scholar, has been appointed sustainability manager of Aurivo’s dairy businesses.

In the newly-created role, Dr. McDonald will be responsible for developing and implementing Aurivo’s new sustainability strategy across several areas of the business – including Aurivo Consumer Foods, Aurivo Dairy Ingredients and My Goodness Ltd.

Aurivo – the globally-focused agribusiness, which is headquartered in the north-west of Ireland – is a verified member of Bord Bia’s Origin Green programme.


Sustainability is a key focus of Aurivo’s recently launched five-year growth plan, Engage 2022, which aims to add value and deliver growth for its members.

The “ambitious strategy” aims to increase shareholder funds in Aurivo by 45% to €89 million by 2022.

Hailing from Ballycumber, Co. Offaly, Dr. McDonald joined Aurivo in 2013 to launch and manage the Farm Profitability Programme.

After graduating from University College Dublin (UCD), Dr. McDonald went on to complete a PhD at UCD and Teagasc Moorepark in 2013. She was awarded a Nuffield scholarship in 2016, studying the topic: ‘Innovative Disruption of Farmer Development Programmes’.

The newly appointed sustainability manager is a member of the Agricultural Science Association (ASA), a board member of Nuffield Ireland and a member of the Ceres Network.


She will be replaced as manager of the Farm Profitability Programme by Dr. Vincent Griffith, who joined Aurivo in 2014 as a Farm Profitability Programme specialist.

A native of Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Dr. Griffith will focus on further driving the progress made to date and broadening the programme to include beef and sheep enterprises across the region.

He graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Science from UCD, specialising in animal and crop production. Following this, Dr. Griffith was awarded a PhD in grassland science from Queens University Belfast in 2013.

Commenting on the appointments, Aurivo CEO Aaron Forde said: “I would like to congratulate both Roberta and Vincent on their appointments to these roles.

“Both bring an impressive wealth of expertise, which I am confident will deliver for Aurivo’s growth strategy and in doing so, respect the environment and support local communities and suppliers more effectively.”