New appointment to Livestock and Meat Commission announced

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced the appointment of a new member to the Livestock and Meat Commission.

Gerry Maguire has been appointed as a new member and the appointment is effective from 22 October 2015 to 21 October 2018.

The Livestock and Meat Commission, which was established in 1967, has the general duty of assisting the development of the livestock (cattle and sheep) and livestock products sectors of the local agri-food industry. It provides a range of services to producers and meat traders including market intelligence and undertakes promotional activities. It also administers the Farm Quality Assurance Scheme and market support arrangements for beef and lamb in the north of Ireland (the latter as agent of the Rural Payments Agency).

Confirming the new appointment the Minister said: “Gerry Maguire brings a wealth of experience of the red meat processing sector and has specific livestock processing and livestock marketing experience which will be very helpful to the work of the LMC.

“This completes my appointment of new Members to the LMC. The outcome of the process to appoint a new Chair for the Board is expected imminently.” 

Notes to editors:

1. Gerry Maguire has 37 years experience in the Red meat processing industry. He is currently Managing Director of Linden Foods. He is directly responsible for the Linden Foods Group which has an annual turnover of £400million. He is also Director of Slaney Foods and has previously served three years on Bord Bia’s Meat and Livestock Board. He declared no conflicts of interest and confirmed he has no issues with time commitment associated with the role.

2. The above appointment is based on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published. The appointee does not hold any other public appointment and has not been involved in any political activity during the past five years.

3. The appointment is made under section 1 of the Livestock Marketing Commission Act (NI) 1967 and in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments NI Code of Practice.