Kate Carmody

Kate Carmody

Chairperson

My name is Kate Carmody. I live in Beal and I am an organic farmer, cheesemaker, environmentalist and social activist. My qualification background is principally in Biochemistry/ Biomedical Science/ Social Science and Corporate Governance. I have minor awards in health and safety, artisan food systems, quality systems and accreditation.

I hold the environment seat, on the Quality of Life Committee of the Kerry PPN and I am Chairperson of the KSPCA.

I have over 30 years’ experience in rural development issues and I am a regular commentator on rural development and agricultural issues in the media. More recently, I have been a partner in the TRADEIT project, an FP7 research project.

Since then I have been actively involved in other EU projects as I like to find solutions to our many problems in rural areas. I believe that we need to create an empowering socio-economic model to engage farmers in the BBI JU.

I am a member of 2 EIP AGRI Focus Groups. 35 & 37.

Eoin Carew

Eoin Carew

Secretary

Working as an engineer for 15 years but decided to upskill and went on to do a degree in food science followed by a Masters in food Business Management in TUD.

Coming from a farming background in Tipperary, I had witnessed the frustration in the industry and especially the beef industry so I wanted to focus my thesis on an alternative option for the average farmer and also wanted it to be a sustainable option. This led me in the direction of hemp and my thesis was entitled “Hemp growing as an alternative income for Irish farmers”.

My first port of call was to get in touch with the Hemp Co-op whom I found to be very helpful and since I found the subject matter so interesting and the people involved very friendly I decided to join the Co-op after I had finished my studies. I strongly believe in the Co-op model and it’s my opinion that if farmers are united, they will be a force to be reckoned with and will hopefully prevent the industry going down the same route as beef farming and ending up in the wrong hands.

Declan Darcy

Declan Darcy

Treasurer

Carpenter, Hempcrete builder and Qualified Raw Vegan Chef.

Has had an interest in hemp and all its facets for over 10 years now.
Then first getting involved in the hemp industry in 2013 when commissioned to build a hempcrete extension.
Since then went on to co create and open The Hemp Kitchen, an organic vegan coffee and juice bar in the heart of Dublin

Laura Jayne Foley

Laura Jayne Foley

Laura Jayne Foley is the co-founder of Canabaoil Ltd. A company on the West Coast of Ireland, processing Cannabidiol for the wholesale ingredient market.

Laura is passionate about hemp and it’s ability to remediate the soil while providing a vital alternative crop for Irish farmers. Laura Jayne graduated with a Masters in Agricultural Innovation from the National University of Ireland, Galway and is also a member of the Irish Hemp industry steering group.

Dr. Robert Johnson

Dr. Robert Johnson

Dr. Robert Johnson has been working in Ireland since 2010 as Research & Development Manager for Arigna Fuels, Co. Roscommon. He completed his Ph.D in biomass thermal conversion at the Energy Research Institute (ERI) at the University of Leeds in 2012. Robert has over 26 years’ industrial experience in research, pharmaceutical and large scale production environments and works both autonomously and collaboratively with academic/ industrial partners in Ireland and abroad to improve the viability of biomass as a fossil fuel replacement and mitigate CO2 emissions.

David Hartigan

David Hartigan

David is co-founder of Hemp Heros and a business consultant working in finance and emerging technologies.Coming from a business background he has a Masters in Management Consulting from Smurfit business school and was awarded the Aspire Scholarship.

David is passionate about the Hemp Industry and the huge potential it has to change how we do business and disrupt industries.

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