Ireland Management Profiles

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Karen Brosnan – Chairman
Karen Brosnan

Karen works nationally and internationally as a strategy consultant, facilitator, Board consultant and executive coach. She works with companies, boards and executives to plan strategically for organisational change, to build governance capacity and compliance and to implement leadership development programmes. Karen advises on strategy, governance, culture change, ethos, diversity and inclusion, communications, relationships, personal effectiveness and people management. She has worked with farmers, processors, service providers, education charities, state and semi-state organisations in the agri-food sector since 2000.

She is the Chairperson of both Nuffield Ireland & Gurteen Agricultural College. She sits on the national Agri-food diversity and inclusion taskforce, organising Masterclasses on talent management, agile and inclusive working places. She is a founding member of Ceres - women in agri-business leadership network. A 2013 Nuffield scholar, her report was on ‘Pathways of leadership development for Irish Agriculture’. Her MBA thesis (2009) was titled ‘Leadership challenges for Irish businesses post Celtic Tiger’, and her chosen specialist MBA subjects were Corporate Governance, and Corporate responsibility. Karen is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, a member of the Irish Management Consultant’s Association, and the Royal Dublin Society.

Joe Leonard – NI board representative
Joe Leonard

Joe Leonard is married to Mairead, they have 4 children and farm at Stamullen, Co. Meath, Ireland. He was awarded the 2014 Nuffield Ireland Scholarship, sponsored by the Peter Daly Trust, Dairymaster and LIC.

Joe is a dairy farmer currently milking 650 cows in a milk production partnership. He is also involved, with his brother, in Bellewstown Golf Course, a business they set up together in 2004.

It was partly as a result of setting up and developing these businesses that he came to his Nuffield topic ‘To Investigate and develop Stress Management Systems in Farming in Ireland’ with specific emphasis on the education of young farmers and agri-industry personnel. As an industry, Joe feels that agriculture needs to recognise that the farmer is the single most important factor in the success of the business.

Joe currently sits on the Board of Directors of Nuffield Ireland and is the current Irish representative on the Board of Nuffield International.

John Tyrrell – Secretary
John Tyrrell

Phone: +353-87-2563501 


John Tyrrell is Executive Secretary of Nuffield Ireland Farming Scholars, and took up this position in January 2013.

John is from a farming background in County Dublin. He graduated with an Honours Degree in Agriculture from University College Dublin. He then worked with ADAS, in the UK for three years as a Specialist Dairy Adviser.

In 1978, he took up a role in the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS), and became CEO of ICOS in January 1990 and continued in that capacity until late 2010.

John operates a consultancy business focused on the food industry, co-operatives, governance and strategy. He has extensive experience of international dairy co-ops.

In addition to his role as Executive Secretary of Nuffield Ireland, he is Executive Secretary of the Dairy Research Trust which is responsible for the collection and allocation of the dairy levy to dairy production and food research programmes, and is part of the European network of dairy levy organisations.

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