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Ornua Appoints Anne McFarland And Anne O’Leary As Independent Non-Executive Directors

By Donna Ahern
Ornua Appoints Anne McFarland And Anne O’Leary As Independent Non-Executive Directors

Ornua Co-Operative has announced the appointment of Anne McFarland and Anne O’Leary as Independent non-executive directors.

McFarland is a Chartered Accountant with 40 years of experience in finance, international business, and governance.

Currently running her own finance and governance consultancy, McFarland’s career has included senior finance roles and directorships with private and listed firms across multiple international markets.

Most recently she was an Independent Director for Botswana Diamonds PLC, an AIM listed exploration company, and held senior executive financial positions in Glencore, a global producer and trader in natural commodities and Segezha Packaging, a multinational manufacturer of packaging for the building and food industries, both based in Moscow.

She is also a published author on corporate governance.


McFarland has a BA from Trinity College Dublin, a diploma in Corporate Governance from UCD and a diploma in Law and Sport from the Law Society of Ireland.

Anne O’Leary

O'Leary is a Chartered Certified Accountant with over 40-years’ experience.

Most recently, she was a senior audit partner with Ernst & Young where she advised a range of international clients across a wide range of sectors.

As audit partner and advisor, O'Leary worked with an Irish dairy processing company for over ten years gaining in depth knowledge of the Irish dairy industry and international dairy markets.


O'Leary has extensive experience in financial analysis and financial reporting having advised on acquisitions, divestments, restructuring, and debt refinancing.  She has served, and continues to serve, on a number of charitable boards including South Munster Money Advice and Budget Services Limited.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants.

Announcing the appointments, Denis Cregan, chair of Ornua Co-operative, said, “These key Board appointments cement the new governance structure we started to implement last year to underpin the delivery of Ornua’s ambitious expansion plans."

"I welcome Anne McFarland and Anne O’Leary to the Ornua Board and look forward to benefitting from their wealth of Irish and international business experience as we support the Ornua executive team in delivering its ambitious growth strategy,” he added.

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