Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has appointed Cliona Murphy, Glounthaune, Co. Cork and Liam Woulfe, Adare, Co. Limerick to the Teagasc Authority for five-year terms.

Cliona Murphy is Vice President Technical for PepsiCo Worldwide Flavours, based in Cork.

She has global responsibility for Research & Development, Environmental Health & Safety, and Global Quality Services.

She has a Degree in Computer Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and she is also on the Board of Cork Chamber of Commerce.

Liam Woulfe is Managing Director of Grassland AGRO and of Freshgrass Group. He is the former General Manager of the Dairies Division of Kerry Group after being an executive Director of Golden Vale plc for 15 years.

A Dairy Science graduate from UCD, he has also invested in a number of Green Energy Projects including Biomass, Wind and Solar companies.

Woulfe was an EY finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013.

Dr. Noel Cawley, the Chairman of Teagasc, welcomed both members on their appointment at a Teagasc board meeting in Clonakilty, Co. Cork.

Teagasc recently appointed Dr. Mark Fenelon as Head of Food Research. He will have responsibility for providing overall leadership for the Teagasc food research programme.

The programme is delivered at the research centres at Moorepark, Cork, and Ashtown, Dublin.

The programme has 130 staff and 70 Walsh Fellows (PhD) students located at its two sites, and a budget of €17m.