Search Icon

College Advisory Group (Cag)

CAFRE College Advisory Group (CAG)

The College Advisory Group (CAG) is an Expert Committee responsible for providing advice at a strategic and operational level to the management team of College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) on the delivery of CAFRE programmes for the Northern Ireland Agri-food industry.

The group was established in January 2007 and reports to the College Director, Martin McKendry. 

The group, which meets four times a year, has a chairperson and 12 members who represent the key CAFRE stakeholders.

In carrying out its work, the group takes full account of policies and strategies approved by the Minister and DAERA. The College Advisory Group members are:

Name Sector Date of First Appointment Expiry of Appointment
Dr Mike Johnston – Chairperson Chief Executive of the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland 01/01/2015 31/12/2017 Extension of second term until 30/06/2021
Mr Allan Chambers Arable Crops – Arable Farmer, County Down 01/09/2013 31/08/2019 Extension of second term until 31/12/2021
Mr Ivor Ferguson Intensive Livestock – Pigs – (Pig, Sheep and Arable Farmer, County Armagh) 01/09/2013 31/08/2019 Extension of second term until 31/12/2021
Prof David         McDowell Education – Emeritus Professor of Food Studies at Ulster University 01/09/2013 31/08/2019 Extension of second term until 31/12/2021
Mr Maynard Mawhinney Food – Independent Food Consultant 01/09/2013 31/08/2019 Extension of second term until 31/12/2021
Mr David Brown Red Meat – Beef and Sheep Farmer, County Fermanagh 01/01/2017 31/12/2019 Reappointed for a second term until 31/12/2022
Mr Mark Gowdy Agri-food Business Development – Sales and Marketing Manager, Whites Speedicook 01/01/2017 31/12/2019 Reappointed for a second term until 31/12/2022
Mrs Diane Ruddock Environment – External Affairs Manager, National Trust 01/01/2017 31/12/2019 Reappointed for a second term until 31/12/2022
Mr Nicholas Cowan Environment in the Supply Chain – Group Environmental Manager, Tayto Group Ltd 01/01/2020 31/12/2022
Mr Malcolm Emery International Relations – Director, Powerhouse Energy Management01/01/2020 31/12/2022
Mr Roy Lyttle Production Horticulture – Vegetable Grower from County Down 01/01/2020 31/12/2022
Dr Esther Skelly-Smith Equine – Equine Veterinary Surgeon 01/01/2020 31/12/2022
Vacant Intensive Livestock – Dairy    
Length of each term of appointment   Chair – 3 years
Members – 3 years (Option for reappointment to a second 3 year term)
Remuneration   Chair – £352 per day
Members – £228 per day
Workload Chair – Approximately 4 days per annum
Members – Approximately 4 days per annum