FBD Holdings plc has announced the appointment of Tim Cullinan as an additional independent non-executive director with immediate effect.

The announcement was made yesterday evening (Monday, January 4).

The current president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA), Cullinan is from Toomevara, Co. Tipperary, where he runs a pig enterprise alongside a feed mill operation.

He was elected the 16th president of the IFA in December 2019 and has been heavily involved in the organisation over the past 15 years, formerly holding the positions of national treasurer, national pigs committee chairman and county chairman.

Cullinan is a non-executive director of Bord Bia, the Irish semi-state agency whose remit is to market and promote Ireland’s food, drink and horticulture industry in Ireland and abroad.

Cullinan also represents Irish farmers at EU level on COPA, which is the official umbrella representative body for European farmers.

Commenting on the appointment of Cullinan, FBD chairman Liam Herlihy said:

“I am pleased to welcome Mr. Cullinan to the board.

In addition to his own commercial experience, Mr. Cullinan brings to FBD considerable and valuable understanding and insights into Ireland’s rural and agricultural communities.

Established in the 1960s “by farmers for farmers”, FBD has a network of 34 branches nationwide.