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Teagasc Appoints New Chief Operations Officer

Teagasc has appointed Tom Doherty as its Chief Operations Officer. The Teagasc Authority approved the appointment today, Wednesday, 5 May and Tom will join the Teagasc senior management team later in May.

As part of its Overall Change Programme Teagasc has combined its Administration and Management Services Directorates into a single Operations Directorate, which Tom will lead. He is currently Head of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and also has responsibility for managing the Property Department in Teagasc. Over the last six years he has led the establishment of a centralised ICT Department, introduced a modern governance structure for ICT, and developed Teagasc’s portfolio of application systems, ICT infrastructure and desktop software.

Congratulating Tom on his appointment, Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle said: “The delivery of Teagasc’s five business programmes will be supported by the new Operations Directorate which brings together the old Administration and Management Services Directorates into one streamlined unit to pursue greater administrative efficiencies.”

Tom Doherty said: “The organisation is currently undergoing considerable change as the overall Teagasc Change Programme is implemented and as its research, education and advisory functions become more closely integrated. This programme will also involve considerable change for the finance, HR and other operations functions which will be pursued over the coming years.”

A Computer Science graduate from Trinity College Dublin in 1979, Tom completed a Masters Degree in Public Administration in University College Dublin. He also holds a Masters Degree in Project Management from the University of Limerick.

He began his working career in the Department of Foreign Affairs and also worked with the Department of Finance, Airmotive Ireland, Tara Mines and as a management consultant with Ernst & Young. Prior to joining Teagasc in 2003, he spent five years as chief information officer with Bord Gáis Éireann.

A native of Dublin, Tom lives in Dunboyne, County Meath with his wife Loreto and three children.