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Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots today welcomed the appointment of Maynard Mawhinney as Chairperson, and Harold Johnston as Member representing the Dairying Sector, on the CAFRE College Advisory Group (CAFRE CAG).

The role of the CAG is to provide advice at a strategic and operational level to the management team of CAFRE. The group was established in January 2007 and reports to the College Director, Martin McKendry. In carrying out its work, the group takes full account of Departmental policies and strategies.

Both Mr Mawhinney and Mr Johnston have been appointed by the Department for an initial period of three years from July 1, 2021. Maynard Mawhinney replaces outgoing Chairperson, Dr Mike Johnston, while Harold Johnston replaces former member Mark Beattie.

Both Mr Mawhinney and Mr Johnston are well-known and respected throughout the Agri-Food industry.

Minister Poots said: “I welcome the appointments of Mr Mawhinney and Mr Johnston. The Advisory Group plays an important role in helping CAFRE deliver excellent services to the farming and Agri-Food sectors and I’m sure that the wealth of experience brought by the new Chair and Dairying member will enable CAFRE to continue to be recognised as a world leader in Agri-Food education provision.”

Minister Poots wished them well in these important roles and thanked the outgoing Chair and Member for their leadership of, and input to, the CAFRE CAG.