We are currently working remotely and are occasionally on campus.
Therefore, the best way to contact us is via email - please see contact details below.
From left to right, Dr Joanne Fearon, Caroline Seacy, Sharon Murray, Colette O’Gorman, Dr Karen McCarthy, Jim Corbett.
A team has been brought together from specific backgrounds - industry, research, finance and marketing - our goal is to connect food science professionals by providing a range of services to both internal and external stakeholders.
Jim Corbett, Director
A food science graduate of UCC, Jim was formerly Managing Director of Bewley’s. A food industry veteran, Jim has worked in Ireland, the UK and United States in management positions with major food processors including Lakeland Dairies and Kerry Group, underlining his extensive strategic leadership experience in the Food sector.
Sharon Murray, Financial Controller
A management accountant, Sharon provides the financial support required to manage a portfolio of over 100 research projects. Partnering with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Enterprise Ireland, Industry and other third level institutions, Sharon’s role is key in the successful management of the funding process.
Colette O’Gorman, Senior Executive Assistant
Colette provides valuable administrative support to numerous principal investigators, postgraduate students and postdoctoral students. Liaising with finance, human resources and various departments across UCC, she manages human resources and payroll data, expenses, invoicing and procurement for numerous research teams.
Caroline Seacy, Marketing Coordinator
A business graduate, Caroline completed her Master’s Degree in Marketing in Kingston University, Surrey. With extensive marketing experience gained in industry and in the higher education sector, Caroline has significant strategic marketing, project management, new product development, event management, brand development and digital marketing experience. She manages marketing and PR for the Food Institute and the College of SEFS. Caroline is a lecturer and co-manager of the award winning Rejuvenate Programme. https://www.ucc.ie/en/food/rejuvenate2020/
Deirdre Hilliard, Accountant
Deirdre is an accountant providing financial support to FNS researchers. After training as an Accountant, Deirdre worked to financial controller level in multinationals in Ireland and the Benelux. Upon return to Ireland, she set up the multi award winning fresh organic food brand “Just Food” whose soups are stocked in supermarkets across Ireland.
Dr Joanne Fearon, Industry Liaison
A chemist, project manager and psychologist, Joanne’s role is to prepare young professionals for the transition from university to the workplace, ensuring our graduates are meeting the requirements of the dynamic agri-food sector. Joanne has extensive experience in skills development, including graduate and professional development planning, training needs analysis, project management and professional leadership.
Tel: 353-21-490 1424
Mary McCarthy Buckley - Manager, Food Institute Training Unit
Mary holds a BSc Dairying and MSc Food Economics from UCC. Mary manages The Food Industry Training Unit which services the part-time continuing professional development and training needs of people working in, or associated with, the food and agri-food sectors.
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The Food Institute, Room 354, Food Science Building, College Road, University College Cork, Cork