New chairman takes role at LMC

Gerard McGivern
Gerard McGivern

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced the appointment of Gerard McGivern as the new chair to the Livestock and Meat Commission.

The appointment is effective from 7 November 2015 to 6 November 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 Northern Ireland (the latter as agent of the Rural Payments Agency).

Confirming the new appointment the Minister said: “Gerard McGivern has extensive experience of working collaboratively with many organisations. He has been involved in various marketing roles at a senior level throughout his career and therefore will be a positive addition to the board of the LMC.”

Minister O’Neill thanked outgoing chairman, Mr Pat O’Rourke. She said: “I thank Pat for his valuable service and significant contribution to the work of the Board in his role as Chairman from 2009 to November 2015 and I wish him all the best for the future.”

During Pat’s term he has been at the forefront of strategically reshaping the organisation to meet the current and future needs of its many funding and non-funding stakeholders. 2011 was a pivotal year for LMC with the conclusion of the strategic review of LMC by the DARD Minister and the ending of the highly respected manual carcase classification service as the main slaughter plants introduced VIA systems to electronically grade cattle.

Mr O’Rourke commented: “I have been honoured to serve as LMC chairman for the past six and a half years. During this time I have had the pleasure of working with very dedicated and focussed board members who were instrumental in supporting me to drive forward the necessary strategic changes in LMC that were sought by our stakeholders. Whilst there was some disappointment expressed at the conclusion of the strategic review in January 2011 that the outcome did not result in a privatisation of the organisation, I can confidently say that LMC has continued to deliver positive outcomes for stakeholders in its public sector structure.”