Kilkenny woman appointed President of prestigious agri science body
A Kilkenny woman has been appointed as the 71st President of the Agricultural Science Association (ASA).
From a tillage farm in Kilkenny, Dr Anne Marie Butler is Senior Agricultural Manager with Ulster Bank. She holds a Degree and PhD in Agriculture from UCD and previously lectured in the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science before moving into the banking industry.
Spealing about her new role, Anne Marie has identified a need to champion science in order to meet the challenges and embrace opportunities within the industry.
The Kilkenny woman said: “As the professional body for Agricultural Science graduates, the ASA has science at its core. It is the bedrock upon which all of our members have developed their careers and it is fundamental in enabling our industry to meet the challenges presented by climate change while continuing to achieve our ambitious growth targets.”
As Senior Agricultural Manager with Ulster Bank, Anne Marie’s key focus is on business development across Ireland. She has completed a number of Financial Diplomas since she joined Ulster Bank in 2008. Anne Marie has recently worked with the Irish Institute of Bankers on the development of a new agricultural training course for employees across the Irish financial services industry (Professional Diploma in SME Credit – SME Agri credit assessment & financing).
After her undergraduate degree, Anne Marie completed a PhD focussing on the Design & Evaluation of Optimal Dairy Systems in association with Teagasc Moorepark. Anne-Marie is married to Derek and has two children Keelin (10) and Senan (7).