College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) offers a range of Further and Higher Education courses at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE).

College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)

For details of the course listing and prospectus, and for other information about studying at CAFRE, please see the CAFRE website.

CAFRE College Advisory Group

The College Advisory Group provides advice at a strategic and operational level to the college director and college management team of CAFRE.

The group, which meets four times a year, has a chairperson and 12 members who represent the key CAFRE stakeholders.

College Advisory Group
Left to Right: Diane Ruddock, Nicholas Cowan, Maynard Mawhinney, Ivor Ferguson, Elaine Willis, David Brown, Barclay Bell, Malcolm Emery, Roy Lyttle, Esther Skelly-Smith (Not Pictured: Mark Gowdy, Harold Johnston and Deborah O’ Hare)

In carrying out its work, the group takes full account of policies and strategies approved by the Minister and DAERA. The College Advisory Group members are:

  • Maynard Mawhinney – Chairperson (Independent Food Consultant)
  • Barclay Bell – Arable Crops - (Arable Farmer from County Down)
  • David Brown – Red Meat - (Beef and Sheep Farmer from County Fermanagh)
  • Nicholas Cowan – Environment in the Supply Chain – (Group Environmental Manager, Tayto Group Ltd)
  • Malcolm Emery – International Relations – (Director, Powerhouse Energy Management)
  • Ivor Ferguson – Intensive Livestock - Pigs - (Pig, Sheep and Arable Farmer from County Armagh)
  • Mark Gowdy – Agri-food Business Development - (Sales and Marketing Manager, Whites Speedicook)
  • Roy Lyttle – Production Horticulture - (Vegetable Grower from County Down)
  • Harold Johnston – Intensive Livestock - Dairy - (Dairy Farmer from County Antrim)
  • Deborah O' Hare – Education - (Emeritus Professor of Food Studies at Ulster University)
  • Diane Ruddock – Environment - (External Affairs Manager, National Trust)
  • Dr Esther Skelly-Smith – Equine – (Equine Veterinary Surgeon)
  • Elaine Willis – Food Processing

Length of each term of appointment

 

Chair – 3 years

Members – 3 years

(Option for reappointment to a second 3 year term)

Remuneration

 

Chair – £367 per day

Members – £237 per day

Workload

Chair – Approximately 4 days per annum

Members – Approximately 4 days per annum

 

Name

Date of First Appointment

Expiry of Appointment

Chair

Mr Maynard Mawhinney

01/07/2021

30/06/2024

Members

Mr Ivor Ferguson

01/09/2013

31/08/2019

Extension of second term until 31/12/2022

Prof David         McDowell

01/09/2013

31/08/2019

Extension of second term until 31/12/2021

Mr David Brown

01/01/2017

31/12/2019

Reappointed for a second term until 31/12/2022

Mr Mark Gowdy

01/01/2017

31/12/2019

Reappointed for a second term until 31/12/2022

Mrs Diane Ruddock

01/01/2017

31/12/2019

Reappointed for a second term until 31/12/2022

Mr Nicholas Cowan

01/01/2020

31/12/2022

Mr Malcolm Emery

01/01/2020

31/12/2022

Mr Roy Lyttle

01/01/2020

31/12/2022

Dr Esther Skelly-Smith

01/01/2020

31/12/2022

Mr Harold Johnston

01/07/2021

30/06/2024

Mr Barclay Bell

01/01/2022

31/12/2024

Mrs Deborah O' Hare

01/01/2022

31/12/2024

Mrs Elaine Willis

01/01/2022

31/12/2024

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