Northern Ireland – Young Professionals networking event

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Thursday, 26 October, 2017 - 18:30 to 20:30
Finnebrogue Artisan, Unit 6, 46 Belfast Road, Downpatrick, BT30 9UP

This event is the first of its kind in the Northern Ireland region. It combines a factory visit to the state of the art facilities of Finnebrogue in Downpatrick who make sausages for Marks and Spencer and ASDA, with an opportunity to bring together young professionals for a networking event. 

If you wish to know more about what opportunities are available for food science and technology professionals through membership of IFST or just want to meet others at the early part of their career for advise and support, then this event is for you.



Dominic Darby – Chair, IFST Northern Ireland Branch

Speaker Biography: Dominic has been working in the food industry for over 16 years both in Northern Ireland and Great Britain in a variety of organisations including M&S, Finnebrogue and The Queally Group. Dominic now runs his own Food Science & Innovation consultancy business. He is a graduate of Food Science from QUB and is a Fellow of IFST and Chair of the NI Branch.



Introduction to Finnebrogue
Declan Ferguson - Technical Director

Speaker Biography: Declan has spent 20 years in the food industry and is a Member of the IFST.  He graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a BSc in Food Science and joined Marks & Spencer’s graduate program in London as a Food Technologist after spending a year there during his student placement.  He spent over 10 years’ there managing lots of different product categories including Confectionary, Bakery & Cakes, Biscuits, Prepared Fruit, Dried Fruit & Nuts, Red Meat & Poultry. In 2014 he then moved to Finnebrogue Artisan as Technical Director and helped them move to a new £25m production site which is seen as one of the best meat processing facilities in the UK.


Networking & Factory Tour (including light refreshments)
(Tour will be via a viewing corridor)

20.30 End

Please note that the programme is subject to change.

COST: Free, members and non-members welcome. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Young professionals (18-35) from regional membership and wider industry non membership. 


Check IFST policies section for information about cancellations and amendments. 

For directions see here.  


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