David Dobbin was appointed to the Board in 2012 and took up the position of Chairman in 2015. He has extensive board level experience across the private, public and voluntary sectors and is actively involved in promoting regional economic development and the UK Agrifood Sector. He is currently a member of the KPMG Northern Ireland Advisory Board.
David has wide industrial experience having previously held a number of senior executive roles in Dale Farm, Boxmore International, Dalgety, C&C and Rothmans International. He has also served as Chairman of a number of organisations including: Dairy UK, Ulster Rugby Management Committee, the Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association, the Strategic Investment Board, Inter Trade Ireland, the Prince’s Trust NI, CBI NI, the NI Centre for Competitiveness and as President of the Northern Ireland Grain Trade. He has also served as a Non-Executive on the boards of Food from Britain, the NI Agrifood Strategy Board, Invest NI, BT Ireland, Queen’s University Senate and was Vice Chairman of the Ireland/Northern Ireland 2023 Rugby World Cup Bid.
Honorary Chairs of the Conference: Anne Beggs, Head of NI Connections, Carol Fitzsimons, CEO Young Enterprise. Cllr Carol Howard, Deputy Chair of City Growth & Regeneration Committee, Belfast City Council. Colin Anderson OBE, CEO ASG Group. Geraldine Hughes, Actor, Producer. Harry Connolly, Executive Director Fáilte Feirste Thiar. Jack Butler, COO Market Resource Partners. Jackie Henry, Senior partner, Deloitte. Jayne Brady, Partner Kernel Capital. Jim Clerkin, President and CEO Moët Hennessey USA. John Donovan, Chair Boston-Belfast Sister City Board, Boston. John J. Reilly, Partner Squire Patton Boggs New York. Kerri Sweeney, CEO, Titanic Foundation. Maeve Monaghan, CEO, NOW Group. Marcus Robinson, Artist. Martina Connolly, Head of Business Operations, Belfast Chamber of Commerce, Mike Nesbitt, MLA, Ulster Unionist Party. Niall Murphy, Partner, KRW Law. Paul McErlean, CEO MCE PR. Peter McKittrick, US Consulate. Professor Raffaella Folli, Provost Jordanstown/Belfast, Ulster University. Rep Mike Cusick, New York State Assembly. Rep Mike Fitzpatrick, New York State Assembly. Roisín McDonough, CEO Arts Council NI. Sean Moynihan, The Moynihan Group, LLC. Steve Lenox, President Irish Network USA. Suzanne Aquino, Global Category Head — Professional Services Chain IQ, New York.