Farm Ireland

Thursday 26 April 2018

IFA begins search for new director general

Former IFA general secretary Pat Smith
Former IFA general secretary Pat Smith

The IFA has begun the recruitment process to replace its former boss eight months after he left the post.

The farm body has hired KPMG to help recruit the new director general, who will have a CEO-style role, to replace the former general secretary Pat Smith.

The IFA was hit by a pay controversy late last year and former chief economist Con Lucey was charged with drawing up a report on pay and governance in the organisation. The IFA had confirmed Mr Smith received a salary package of almost €1m over two years.

The IFA recently stated an implementation committee was carrying out further work to develop a detailed package of measures to strengthen transparency in the organisation.

The recruitment advertisement states the new director general will report to the president and will be responsible for the day to day running of the organisation, in addition to policy formation and developing strategies.

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