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

Gerard McAdorey, Managing Director, Free’ist

Gerard McAdorey, Managing Director, Free’ist

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I was brought up in Belfast and have built my career here working for FMCG companies including C&C and Jacobs. I felt there was an opportunity to connect great brands with new routes to market and, in 2000, decided to combine my experience and connections to... View Article

Kelly Neill, Managing Director, Panacea Drinks

Kelly Neill, Managing Director, Panacea Drinks

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I run my own small business, Panacea Drinks, which is currently based in Saintfield and specialises in a range of healthy water kefir drinks, naturally sparkling drinks that are dairy- and gluten-free and packed with gut-friendly bacteria. The range comprises five flavours and is also vegan-friendly.... View Article

David Givan, Director of meat wholesaler James Givab

David Givan, Director of meat wholesaler James Givab

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I joined the family business at 17. I am very proud to be fourth generation in the company. I started on the factory floor and worked from the ground up, learning the ropes along the way. I am now company director. My main role is product... View Article

Susie Hamilton Stubber, owner ,Burren Balsamics

Susie Hamilton Stubber, owner ,Burren Balsamics

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I have an extremely diverse background. I was brought up in Fermanagh, taught to cook by my mother and, while working as an admin assistant in London, I used to cook at parties and lunches. After marrying, we came home to Northern Ireland, where I have... View Article

Will Taylor, Managing Director of Glastry Farm

Will Taylor, Managing Director of Glastry Farm

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I am MD of Glastry Farm on the Ards Peninsula, where I have lived all my life, in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland, dairy farmer, ice-cream manufacturer. WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY INVOLVE? My day starts with a round of the dairy cattle,... View Article

Simon Toye, Group Development Chef with The Mount Charles Group

Simon Toye, Group Development Chef with The Mount Charles Group

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF My background is very much kitchen based, starting as a trainee chef with the Europa Hotel when I was 16, before moving to London when I was 18 and working at the Intercontinental Hotel on Park Lane. Locally, I worked at Nick’s Warehouse in the early... View Article

Alan McCulla, chief executive of Sea Source in Kilkeel

Alan McCulla, chief executive of Sea Source in Kilkeel

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I live in the Kingdom of Mourne. I was born into the fishing industry. My father was a fisherman and I am reliably told that my first word was not ‘mummy’ or ‘daddy’, but boat. So, the odds were high from an early age that I... View Article

Mark Douglas, The Krazi Baker, Dromore

Mark Douglas, The Krazi Baker, Dromore

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF. I am married to Karen with two sons, Anton and Brandon. I am 51 but very nifty. I am one of six children, fourth in line to a very little mum, a housewife who is a great cook and baker. I owe my interest in baking... View Article

Lynsey Beatty, 50 years project manager at M&S

Lynsey Beatty, 50 years project manager at M&S

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF Marks & Spencer is celebrating 50 years of trading in Northern Ireland this year, and I am delighted to be the project manager for the celebrations. We have an exciting calendar of events planned throughout the year involving our customers, colleagues and the local community, which... View Article