Board members of several co-operatives throughout Ireland were recently awarded Diplomas in Corporate Direction (Food Business) following their successful completion of the innovative course designed by ICOS Skillnet and University College Cork. ICOS Skillnet is the learning and development division of the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS). The initiative aims to improve the capabilities of directors and senior management to positively influence the strategic direction and corporate governance of food companies in Ireland. It forms part of leadership development initiatives by the Plunkett Institute for Co-operative Governance, established by ICOS. Left to right are: Mary McCarthy-Buckley, UCC, Declan Roche, Lee Strand Co-op, TJ Flanagan, CEO of ICOS, Kieran Savage, Lee Strand Co-op, Dr Pat Enright, UCC.

Picture by John Sheehan.