Recruitment Competition for AFBI Chief Executive Officer

The recruitment competition to appoint a successor to Professor Seamus Kennedy, current Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI) CEO is being launched today.

In announcing the competition, AFBI Chair Colm McKenna stated: “We have recently embarked on our 2020 Strategy which includes an ambitious programme of capital investment in AFBI’s infrastructure, including a new AFBI Headquarters, a new Grassland and Plant Sciences Centre and a new Veterinary Sciences Main Building, which will give us one of the most modern laboratory and ancillary estate infrastructures of any agri-food research institute in Europe.

“As the Northern Ireland government’s main research and statutory testing provider in the areas of agri-food, fisheries and the environment, AFBI plays a major role in the Northern Ireland knowledge economy. AFBI’s scale, relationships with a wide range of international research organisations and close links with local industry mean that it is ideally placed to carry out research that is of both global and local impact.

“The Board of AFBI is now seeking a dynamic, innovative and visionary Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to succeed Professor Seamus Kennedy who has announced his retirement with effect in spring 2016. The Board wishes to appoint an outstanding leader who is capable of inspiring the scientific and support staff of AFBI to achieve its organisational vision and mission.”

The candidate information booklet and application form are available on the AFBI website at