Dr Úna FitzPatrick- Project Manager

Úna has worked as a Senior Ecologist within the National Biodiversity Data Centre since 2007. In 2015, she co-founded the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan with Prof Jane Stout and is the Chair of the Steering Group. She project manages the implementation of the Plan. Úna also manages various other initiatives within the Data Centre, including the national pollinator databases, the All-Ireland Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme, Flower-Insect Timed Counts, the Rare Plant Monitoring Scheme and the National Vegetation Database.

 

 

Juanita Browne – Communities & Engagement Project Officer

Juanita has worked as Project Officer since 2017 and is responsible for engaging with communities to assist implementation of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. Juanita is a Zoology graduate with an MA in Media Studies. She has worked in Communications for over 20 years, including television, radio, newspapers, books and magazines. She also contributes to communications activities of the Data Centre and edits ‘Biodiversity Ireland’.

This All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Project Officer position has been funded by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

 

Ruth Wilson – Farmland Pollinator Officer

Ruth started as a Farmland Pollinator Officer in 2021 to assist in the implementation of the farmland actions of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. Ruth grew up on a mixed farm in Co. Antrim, which led her to study horticulture, then land and environmental management. Ruth has over 20 years’ experience working in local biodiversity planning and nature conservation with local government and non-government conservation organisations.

This All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Farmland Officer position has been funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

 

Sarah Kelly – Agri Business Officer

Sarah has joined the team as Agri Business Officer to assist in the implementation of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan actions related to businesses, specifically, though not exclusively, Origin Green companies. Sarah’s experience ranges from running all island business development projects for the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, to running her own B2B consultancy supporting companies through marketing research and sales lead development, to managing a cross-border project to establish Cataylyst Inc Ltd (formerly the Northern Ireland Science Park) in the North-West of the island and more recently on the production side of things in the TV industry.

The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Agri Business Officer position has been funded by An Bord Bia.

 
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