Two-Mile Borris native TJ Flanagan has been appointed as the new CEO of ICOS, the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society.
Mr Flanagan was formerly national dairy policy executive of ICOS, and takes up the role of CEO following from the retirement of Seamus O’Donohoe who directed ICOS with distinction as CEO and formerly as company secretary and director of member development.
“The co-operative sector in Ireland contributes very strongly to economic development at a national and regional level including investment, jobs creation and export led growth. I look forward to working with our member organisations and all stakeholders to ensure continuing strong progress for co-operatives, underpinned by analysis, policy and strategy around the key issues facing our industry for the future,” said Mr Flanagan.
He is a UCD agriculture graduate with over 15 years of experience working with ICOS and co-ops. Since 2007 he has served as secretary of the ICOS Dairy Expert Committee, and has been responsible for the development of dairy policy within ICOS.
Prior to that, he spent five years as secretary of the ICOS National Marts Committee. He is the secretary of the National Dairies Association, and a member of the National Milk Agency as well as being a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Bord Bia Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme. He also represents ICOS on the COPA COGECA (General Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives) Milk Working Group in Brussels, as well as the European Commission Civil Dialogue Group on Milk.
He was responsible for the establishment of the Plunkett Institute, an ICOS initiative to develop a corporate governance standard for co-op directors, and is executive director of the institute.
He has completed a Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance at the UCD Smurfit School, and is a member of the Corporate Governance Association of Ireland and the RDS.