Lakeland Dairies has announced the appointment of both a new chair and vice-chair of the cooperative board.

Niall Matthews, from Carrickmacross, Co. Louth, has been appointed chairman of Lakeland Dairies Co-operative Society Ltd.

Matthews was elected to the board of the co-op in 2017.

Meanwhile, Andrew McHugh, of Newtownforbes, Co. Longford, has been appointed vice-chairman. McHugh was elected to the Board of Lakeland Dairies in 2016.

Matthews succeeds Aloysius Duffy who the co-op says has “served with distinction” as a board member since 2010 and as chairman since 2014.

McHugh succeeds Colin Kelso who has also served with distinction as a board member since 2013 and as vice-chairman since 2016.

Meanwhile, Alan McCay of Dunamanagh, Co. Tyrone, was re-elected vice-chairman, where there are two holders of this role on the board. McCay joined the Board of Lakeland Dairies in 2019.

Commenting, Matthews said: “I am very honoured to be appointed chairman of Lakeland Dairies.

“On behalf of the board and members of the cooperative, I warmly acknowledge and express our appreciation for the ongoing contribution of both Alo Duffy and Colin Kelso to the growth and development of our society over many years and wish each of them continuing success in their dairying enterprises.

Working with the vice-chairman, board members, CEO and management of the cooperative, I look forward to the continuing strong progress of Lakeland Dairies.

Lakeland Dairies operates across 16 counties in Ireland on a cross border basis, collecting over 1.85 billion million litres of milk, produced by 3,200 farm families.

This is processed into a “wide range of value-added dairy food ingredients, consumer and foodservice products which it exports to over 80 countries worldwide”, the co-op says.