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Tirlán unveils new Governance Academy

Tirlán has unveiled a new Governance Academy as part of its ongoing work to ‘build a diverse and vibrant farmer representative structure for the future’, the co-operative has said.
Pictured at the Tirlán Collaboration Hub in Abbey Quarter, Kilkenny were Tirlán representative structure committee member Brendan Hayes; milk supplier, Anne Marie Doheny; and chair, John Murphy. Photo:  Dylan Vaughan.

This is a collaboration between Tirlán, University College Cork (UCC) and the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS). The academy is structured in tiers which will facilitate a gradual entry/re-entry to study and encompass development up to and including board level. It will provide the opportunity to achieve academic awards accredited by University College Cork (UCC). The course itself involves a blend of in-person workshops, online webinars, interactive case studies and expert-led discussions to deliver a dynamic and engaging learning experience that encompasses key aspects of co-op governance.
The first intake of 25 farmers includes non-shareholders, primarily sons and daughters of existing shareholder suppliers. They were chosen from among more than 100 expressions of interest for the inaugural programme. Participants will also have access to industry-leading experts, thought leaders and peer networking opportunities, providing invaluable insights and perspectives on governance challenges and opportunities facing the dairy and grains sector.
Tirlán chair, John Murphy said: “We’ve launched the Governance Academy to provide our members with the tools and knowledge they need to excel in their governance roles to represent their fellow farmers. By investing in the Governance Academy, we are strengthening our foundation for sustainable growth and innovation.
“It will offer educational opportunities for members that wish to fulfil governance roles within the representative structure and it follows the endorsement by Members last year for a series of proposals to enhance and modernise our co-op, delivering greater gender-balance and involvement of our younger farmers.”
Anne-Marie Doheny, Tirlán dairy farmer, said: “I’m delighted to be involved in Tirlán’s Governance Academy as I have recently joined my local regional committee, North Kilkenny.
“As both a dairy farmer and a lecturer in sagriculture, I know first-hand the power of education not only to develop knowledge and personal confidence but also to build a social connection amongst my peers.”