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We are currently working remotely and are occasionally on campus.

Therefore, the best way to contact us is via email - please see our contact details below.

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From left to right, Dr Joanne Uí Chrualaoich, Caroline Seacy, Sharon Murray, Colette O’Gorman, Dr Karen McCarthy, Jim Corbett.

Meet the Team               


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 CorbettDirector

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.

Tel: 353-21-4903092


Sharon Murray, Financial Analyst

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.

Tel: 353-21-4903138


Caroline SeacyMarketing 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

Caroline is the project manager for the SFI funded ‘Appetite for Knowledge’ programme.

Tel: 353-21-4901447 / 086 854 1005


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.  

Tel: 353-21-4901728


Dr Joanne Uí Chrualaoich, 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. Joanne is a lecturer and co-manager of the award winning Rejuvenate Programme

Tel: 353-21-490 1424 


Deirdre Hilliard, Accountant

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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”. Deirdre is the Programme Manager for the Diploma in Leadership for the Agri-Food Sector (Agriculture and Agri-Food) run by FITU.

Tel:  086 3830011 



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, agri-food and seafood sectors.

Tel: 353-21-490-3363

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