The FSAI Board Members are:  


Mr. Martin Higgins

Martin HigginsMartin was founding Chief Executive of safefood, the all-island food safety promotion board, and led the organisation from its foundation in 1998 until his retirement in 2014. Prior to that he was the first Director of Corporate Services in the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, having previously been a Principal Officer in the Department of Health, specialising in finance and health agency regulation. He has professional qualifications in accountancy, international regulation and governance and is a qualified mediator and executive and leadership coach. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Martin has in the past been a board member of the Irish Medicines Board and of Coru – the health and social care professionals regulator. In 2015 he was appointed to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. He currently chairs the audit committee of An Bord Pleanála and sits on the audit committees of COMREG and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland.



Professor Francis Butler

Professor Francis Butler Professor Butler is a Professor in the University College Dublin (UCD) Centre for Food Safety. He is Head of Subject in Biosystems Engineering at UCD. His main research is in food safety with a particular focus on traceability systems and quantitative risk assessment of microbiological and chemical hazards in foods. Professor Butler coordinates the UCD MSc in Food Safety and Risk Analysis. He has led several large scale quantitative microbial food risk assessments and has made some novel contributions in the characterisation of microbial distributions in food and developing novel sampling strategies for contaminants in foods. He is currently leading projects using molecular microbiological techniques to identify the sources and routes of transmission of pathogens through the food chain. Other research interests include food chain integrity and the traceability of foods. Professor Butler has published over 150 publications in refereed journals, with over 100 refereed papers in international conference proceedings and over 150 additional national conference and other workshop presentations. He has coordinated or partnered in over 30 research projects including four EU Framework projects. He has trained a substantial team of researchers and scholars including 20 PhD students to completion and 13 research Masters students, as well as 14 post-doctoral researchers. He has served on several FAO/WHO expert meetings on microbiological risk assessment. Prior to joining UCD, Professor Butler worked in production management in the Irish dairy industry.

Mr Ciaran Byrne

Ciaran Byrne Ciaran Byrne has served as a member of the HSE’s Dublin North East Regional Health Forum (2009-2011), the Governing Authority of Dublin City University (2011-2014) and the university’s Risk Management Committee.  A public representative on Fingal County Council (2001-2014), he was Mayor in 2009/10, a member of the Council’s Audit Committee (2011-2014), and a member of the Corporate Policy Group. He chaired the Fingal County Development Board (2004-2009). He was Chairman of the Fingal Leader Partnership 2009-2011. He was a founding member of the Board of the Balbriggan Enterprise and Training Centre 2000-2014. Ciaran has worked in Voluntary Service Overseas in London, in Glockenspiel software engineers and as a partner in STS management consultants in Dublin. Ciaran is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (Economic and Social Studies) and holds Masters degrees in science, in arts and in media from TCD and IADT.

Ms. Mary Cullen

mary-cullen Mary Cullen is a Chartered Accountant. She attended Trinity College Dublin where she studied Business, Economics and Social Studies (BESS) following which she joined Price Waterhouse, now PwC. She held a number of senior management roles with PwC, including responsibility for Partnership and Company Secretarial matters and Partner affairs. Mary is a member of the Foundation Board of the RDS and a Board Member of the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin. Previously, she Chairperson of the Board of Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dublin and a Board Member of Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.


Cliodhna Foley-Nolan

Dr Cliona Foley-Nolan

Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan MB, BCh, BAO, DCH, DObs, MPH, FFPHM is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine. She has worked as Director of Human Health and Nutrition at safefood (Food Safety Promotion Board) and as Specialist in Public Health Medicine in the Health Service Executive.Dr Foley-Nolan has a medical degree from University College Cork (UCC); a Masters in Public Health from University College Dublin and is a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland. Dr Foley-Nolan holds a senior lecturer post in UCC and is a trainer and examiner at the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland. She has served on a number of national advisory groups including the National AIDS Advisory Group; tuberculosis; immigrant health; food poverty; and antimicrobial resistance. She has served on the Boards of the Veterinary Council of Ireland; Obesity Policy Groups in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland; the Faculty of Public Health Medicine in the Royal College of Physicians; and the Heath Research Board Centre for Diet and Health.

Professor Albert Flynn

 Prof. Albert FlynnProfessor Albert Flynn, B.Sc., Ph.D. (NUI, Galway), is Professor in Nutrition in the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College, Cork. He has served on the faculty of the University since 1981 and from 1993-96 he was Dean of the Faculty of Food Science & Technology.  He has published widely on human nutrition, public health and food safety, on a range of topics including nutritional intake and status of population groups, food safety risk assessment, food fortification and risk benefit assessment of nutrients. He has extensive experience in providing scientific advice on human nutrition and food safety issues related to food policy and regulation. He is currently Chair of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland's Scientific Committee. He has also served as a member of the European Food Safety Authority's Scientific Committee and as Chair of its Panel for Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies from 2003-12 and as a member of the Scientific Committee on Food of the European Commission from 1997-2003. 

Gerry McCurdy

Gerry McCurdy Gerry McCurdy has over 40 years’ experience working in a regulatory environment dealing with food safety, public health and consumer protection. He qualified as an Environmental Health Officer at the University of Ulster in 1978 and went on to attain a Master of Science Degree in 1991. He has held a number of senior positions in local and central government and was instrumental in setting up of the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland (FSA NI). As Northern Ireland Director of the FSA he developed close working relations with the FSAI and the Food Safety Promotion Board. On retirement in 2013, Mr McCurdy has worked as a food safety consultant for the UN FAO and the World Bank on projects in Bosnia and Bangladesh. Mr McCurdy has considerable experience at Board level working with the Regulation, Quality and Improvement Authority and is the Deputy Chief Commissioner for the Northern Ireland Charity Commission. He is also a member of their respective Audit and Risk Committees.

Ms Margaret Moran

Margaret Moran Margaret Moran was Head of the Home Economics Department and Lecturer in Food Studies in the former St Catherine’s College of Education for Home Economics.For many years she provided advisory services to Failte Ireland and worked as a Regional Food Advisor with Bord Bia.Her post-graduate qualifications include M.Sc. Agr (Food Science) from University College Dublin, Certificate in Food Safety from University College Dublin, Diploma in Food Policy from City University, London and Advanced Culinary Skills Certificates from Dublin Institute of Technology. She is a member of the International Federation for Home Economics and previously chaired the Food Security and Nutrition Programme Committee. Margaret currently provides consultancy services to various institutions and organisations within Teacher Education, Further Education and Consumer Education.

Mr. Derek Cunningham

Derek_Cunningham_2013Mr Derek Cunningham is a communications consultant. Previously he was Special Adviser to the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney, and Head of Communications with the Irish Farmers’ Association, one of the largest representative organisations in the country. He is a former news journalist with RTE television and radio. He is a graduate in Economic and Social Studies from Trinity College, Dublin (TCD) and has post graduate qualifications in statistics and journalism from TCD and Dublin City University, respectively. He served on the Government Services Advisory Group of the Information Society Commission and was Chairman of the RTE Audience Council.

Ms. Ros O'Shea

Ros O'SheaRos is a highly experienced business leader with a career spanning almost 20 years working with the Board and Executive of two of Ireland’s largest and most-respected companies: CRH plc, where she was Head of Group Compliance & Ethics, and Smurfit Kappa Group plc. She currently sits on the Board of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and on the Board and Audit & Risk Committee of the Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital. She is Programme Director for the Diploma in Governance & Compliance at the Irish Management Institute and also runs programmes for the Institute of Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants on these topics. Ros has first class honours business and masters degrees from University College Dublin, a professional diploma in Corporate Governance from the Smurfit Graduate Business School, is an associate of the Institute of Tax and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She is also author of the book “Leading with Integrity – a Practical Guide to Business Ethics”.



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