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Board Members

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.

Board members:

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 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.


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. 

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.

Dr Susan Quinn

Dr. Susan Quinn Dr Susan Quinn, MICI, MRSC is Lecturer in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, University College Dublin. She obtained her B.Sc. hons degree (1997); and Ph.D. (2002) from University College Dublin and carried out post doctoral studies in Trinity College Dublin from 2002-2005. Dr. Quinn has previously served on the governing authority and finance committee of UCD. In September 2009 joined the School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and she obtained tenure in 2012. Her current research interests lie in the areas of functional nanomaterials and the chemistry of DNA.

Professor Patrick Wall

 Prof. Patrick WallProfessor Patrick Wall is Associate Professor of Public Health in University College, Dublin’s School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Sciences. His teaching and research interests include foodborne diseases, lifestyle related diseases and health damaging consumer behaviour.  He was the first Chief Executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and he was the second Chairperson of the European Food Safety Authority.  He is a member of the management board of the Mater Foundation.  He qualified in veterinary medicine in University College, Dublin and in human medicine in the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. He has an MSc in infectious diseases from the University of London and an MBA from the Michael Smurfit School of Business. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health, a Member of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of Ireland, a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine in the UK and a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is  Chairperson  of  the management board of Independent Milk Laboratories and  Chairperson of Horse Sport Ireland.

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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