About Us


Food Works is run by three government agencies, Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc, who have worked together since 2012 to support innovative food businesses in Ireland. So far, Food Works has helped more than 70 Irish food entrepreneurs scale their businesses. The Programme is eager to build on that success.

Each of the three agencies involved with Food Works plays a specific role in taking Irish food to global markets.

Bord Bia

Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, is the link between Irish food, drink and horticultural…

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Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland’s mission is to grow Irish companies to become global successes.

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Teagasc, as the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority, supports innovation…

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Meet the Team
Mary Morrissey
Senior Manager for small businesses, Food and Beverage Department Mary’s experience with Bord Bia spans more than 15 years. She has worked with the organisation in London and Dublin and she specialises in working strategically with food and beverage businesses to facilitate their growth. Mary has an MSc in Food Business from University College Cork and she was instrumental in establishing the Food Works Programme.
Grace Binchy
Insight and Innovation Specialist at Bord Bia Grace’s background in advertising includes working for the Grey Group in London and New York and the Publicis Group in Dublin. Her love of customer research lead her to Lansdowne MRBI . At Bord Bia, Grace works with food and drinks companies, from start-ups to established companies, to them understand – and use – consumer insights to develop their brands.
Jenny Melia
Jenny works with companies of all sizes at the Food and Drink High-Potential Start-Up (HPSU) team and the Consumer Foods Team at Enterprise Ireland. Previously, Jenny managed Ireland’s national research programmes and she has represented Ireland in EU Framework Programmes for manufacturing and nanotechnologies. Jenny has a strong technical background and has a PhD in chemistry from UCD.
Méabh Conaghan
Senior Development Adviser with Enterprise Ireland Méabh advises food and beverage start-ups on business development and finance matters. Prior to joining the Food Works team, Méabh was Enterprise Ireland’s regional executive in the North West region, where she worked closely with companies across many different sectors. She graduated from University College Galway with an Arts degree and has a Master’s in Marketing from the University of Ulster.
Pat Daly
Principal Research Officer and Head of Food Industry Development at Teagasc Pat leads a team of scientists and technologists who provide development support for the food-processing sector. The support comprises training programmes, consultancy services and a technical-information service. Pat’s expertise is in the areas of food safety, quality-management systems and product development.
Eddie O’Neill
Eddie is the first point of contact for the public on a range of artisan and speciality food queries. His expertise is in product development, equipment and packaging development. Based in Cork, Eddie has travelled to Germany, Britain, North America and Canada with his work. He has been involved in the development of award-winning cheeses, yoghurts, frozen desserts, sauces and beverages.
Darina Mulligan
Food Works Programme Manager Darina manages the Food Works programme on behalf of Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc. Her background is in high -profile charity events, experiential learning and new business development. Darina is inspired by exciting new food and drinks products and is eager to support dynamic start-ups to achieve their highest potential.
Michael O'Dowd
Based in Enterprise Ireland Dundalk office Michael O’Dowd works with High Potential Food Start Ups. A qualified Accountant Michael also has a Masters in Agri Food Business Development from the University of Ulster. Outside work Michael is a Board member of two Social Enterprises having been involved in their start up.
Food Works Business Advisors
Moira Creedon
Moira started working with the Irish food industry in the 1980s, building export markets in Spain, Germany and Benelux. She also built a career in global banking and spent time working in SME development with the EU and World Bank. Moira now works intensively with small Irish food producers and is affiliated to Food Works, Food Academy, Ascent Programme and Cheese Academy.
Fiona Fitzpatrick
Fiona has 20 years’ experience in the consumer food industry across Ireland, Britain and Europe as a marketing consultant, executive coach and lecturer in Food Business Strategy at UCD Smurfit Business School. She has worked on high-profile brands such as Nesquik, Sun-Pat Peanut Butter, Munch Bunch yoghurts and Gü Chocolate Desserts, where she launched the product into France. Fiona works with national and international food companies of all sizes to help them define and achieve their strategic goals.
Eamonn Rice
Eamonn is an experienced business manager with more than 28 years’ experience in the food industry. For the last ten years, he has provided consultancy services to Irish food entrepreneurs. His coaching and mentoring expertise is in the fields of management, sales and marketing and strategic planning.
John Stapleton
Founder of Glencoe Inc. Co-founder of The New Covent Garden Soup Co Ltd and Little Dish John is an entrepreneur, a business leader, CEO and non-executive director with over 25 years’ experience in creating and building consumer brands in Britain and North America. John holds degrees in various disciplines and spends his time between the UK, Ireland and Germany.
Joanna Walker
Joanna is a food-retail expert who has worked in the buying, product development and marketing functions at, among others, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Netto UK. She has managed food categories worth over £400m in turnover and developed category plans for award-winning private label products.