Our Board

Our Board

Our Board

Ryan Howard, CEO & Maurice Smiddy, Chairperson

SECAD Partnership’s Board of Directors is elected/nominated through four pillars critical to the support of:

  • Local Development Sector;
  • Community & Voluntary Sector;
  • Local Authority & Local Government Sector;
  • State Agencies and the Social Partners.

Our board is critical to the management and operations of SECAD Partnership CLG.

The Board of SECAD actively reviews its roles and responsibilities as directors of the organisation, and continuously seeks to improve the Board and Sub-Committee Structures to meet new challenges and opportunities facing SECAD Partnership.

Sub-structures
The Board has established a number of specialist sub-committees to assist the Board’s work namely;

  • Executive Sub- committee;
  • Finance and Audit Sub-committee;
  • SECAD Policies Oversight Committee;
  • SECAD Programmes and Project Evaluation Committee.

 

Board of Directors – December 2017

 


Our Board Members 2018

 

State Agencies and Social Partners

  • Anna Aherne
  • Patrick Cronin
  • Gerard Mac Mahon
  • Maurice Smiddy
  • Mike Walley

Local Authority / Local Government

  • Louis Duffy
  • Cllr Deirdre Forde
  • Cllr Seamus McGrath

 

Officers of the Board

  • Maurice Smiddy (Chairperson)
  • Steven Foott (Vice Chairperson)
  • Damien Craven (Treasurer)
  • Michael Walley (Board Secretary)

 

Community and Voluntary Sector

  • Damian Craven
  • Steven Foott
  • Edmund Stack
  • Don Stockley
”We are really proud of the committment, focus, energy and passion and pride that each member of our team have for our work, our clients and our organisation.” Ryan Howard, CEO & Maurice Smiddy, Chairperson

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LEADER Food Initiative for Artisan, Micro and Small Food Producers

€15 million has been allocated nationally by the Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Dept of Rural and Community Development to the LEADER Food Initiative (Rural Development Programme 2014-2020). Expressions of Interest and full applications are now being accepted.

This initiative aims to support new and existing food and beverage producers to address emerging challenges through investment in areas such as (1) market development, (2) competitiveness, and (3) innovation.

Support for food producers, may include, but is not limited to, the following:
• Artisan, Micro and Small food producers, including those with a focus on collaborative proposals, aimed at production quality and market issues;
• Regional product development, including a focus on marketing distinctive local foodstuffs;
• Marketing and processing for strategically identified sectors, including honey and apple processors;
• Improved marketing, product quality and business skills through support for innovative collaborative processes and so address challenges to co-operation identified in studies on facilitating short supply chains e.g. entry barriers, the need for shared understanding, skills/training, and marketing and business skills deficits.

How to apply
Applications are managed through the LEADER LAGs with applications being processed by the LEADER Implementing partners and recommendations made by the LCDC’s to the DAFM and DRCD. Qualifying projects seeking between €5,000 and €200,000 in grant aid are eligible to apply.

The Implementing Partner for LEADER / LEADER Food in South and West Cork is SECAD Partnership CLG.

For further Information and to make an Application

Contact:

Ross Curley (West Cork based projects) rcurley@secad.ie

OR

Katie Kearns (South Cork based food projects) kkearns@secad.ie

Contact SECAD on 021-4613432
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Contact

SECAD Partnership CLG
Midleton Community Enterprise Centre, Owennacurra Business Park,
Knockgriffin, Midleton, Co. Cork, P25 Y893

+353 21 4613432

info@secad.ie