Emma Walls, Commercial Director, Glenisk

Emma Walls, Commercial Director, Glenisk

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I’m the commercial director at Glenisk, which means I head up the division responsible for sales, marketing, insight and innovation, corporate and social responsibility and customer care. That’s the HR bit but effectively my job is about keeping Glenisk customers happy and growing their number. I’m... View Article

Ian Russell, Sales Manager at O’Reilly’s Wholesale

Ian Russell, Sales Manager at O’Reilly’s Wholesale

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I have just turned half a century and am married to Judith. We have two teenagers keeping me on my toes: Emma, 18 and James, 16. I am originally from Rostrevor and now living in Warrenpoint for the last 23 years. I have worked for O’Reilly’s... View Article

Jill McKillop, Founder and Managing Director of Grainola Goddess

Jill McKillop, Founder and Managing Director of Grainola Goddess

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY INVOLVE? When I am not in my production unit in Derry, where I make granola from spent grain from my brother’s Walled City Brewery, a normal day would involve checking emails and social media for customer enquiries and/or following up orders. I’ll also search for... View Article

Fran Matthews, Consumer Marketing Manager at Boost Drinks

Fran Matthews, Consumer Marketing Manager at Boost Drinks

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I started life out in the world of marketing agencies where I worked with many high-profile brands across many different countries. It was great fun; however, after nearly 10 years of working within this world, I decided to jump ship and go client side to work... View Article

Declan O’Donoghue, Managing Director, Erne Larder Preserves

Declan O’Donoghue, Managing Director, Erne Larder Preserves

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I’m a professional chef for over 17 years, founder and managing director of Erne Larder, my preserve company in Enniskillen. I hand-make each and every single batch of our jams, chutneys and sauces. We create the only bacon jam made in Northern Ireland and the only... View Article

Jamie Thompson, marketing executive at Punjana

Jamie Thompson, marketing executive at Punjana

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF After having studied Management with Marketing at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, I joined Pernod Ricard as a brand ambassador for Jameson Whiskey as part of their International Graduate Programme. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and was fortunate enough to be placed in Amsterdam, London and... View Article

Pat Mckeever, managing director of Long Meadow Cider

Pat Mckeever, managing director of Long Meadow Cider

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I’m Pat McKeever from Long Meadow Cider. We’ve been growing and harvesting apples for over three generations and recently diversified into the cider industry in 2014. We now produce a selection of craft ciders, apple juice and apple cider vinegar; all of course produced from our... View Article

Noel Allen, founder & owner of Noisy Nuts

Noel Allen, founder & owner of Noisy Nuts

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF After deciding it was time to move on from my long-serving role at a very successful energy drink brand, I was doing research for two interviews – one with a craft beer distribution company and the other with a peanut brand manufacturer. Sitting in my house... View Article

Karl McCrum, Sales and Marketing Manager at Neill’s Flour

Karl McCrum, Sales and Marketing Manager at Neill’s Flour

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I’ve been working in the grocery trade for almost 20 years from van sales to national accounts manager to, now, sales and marketing manager. I’ve worked for some of the largest food manufactures/suppliers in the world such as Unilever, General Mills and now Neills Flour which... View Article

Rhonda Geary, Operations Director, Royal Ulster Agricultural Society/Eikon Exhibition Centre

Rhonda Geary, Operations Director, Royal Ulster Agricultural Society/Eikon Exhibition Centre

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF After university, I started my working life as an estate agent but, after a few years, I changed my career path and commenced my employment with the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society as a management trainee. I am still here after 26 years and now hold the... View Article