Declan Billington- Chief Executive of John Thompson & Sons Ltd

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    Declan is the Chief Executive of John Thompson & Sons Ltd, Northern Ireland’s largest animal feed processor.

    Started out his career a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, having qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Declan worked within its Corporate Recovery and Insolvency Department for a number of years before moving out into industry.

    Following three years working in the meat processing industry for Dunbia, he moved into the engineering sector, spending several years with Copeland (NI) Ltd, based in Cookstown.

    In 2005, Declan made the transition back into the agri-food sector by joining John Thompson and Sons Ltd, based in Belfast.

    Over the last twelve years he has been heavily involved with the Northern Ireland region of CBI, including Chairman of its Economic Affairs Committee and subsequently Chairman of CBI NI.

    Keen on playing a strong role in driving forward the Agri-Food agenda, Declan currently sits on the Boards of the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC), the Agri Food Strategy Board (AFSB), is current Chairman of the NI Food and Drink Association (NIFDA), and the NI Poultry Federation, a member of the Institute of Global Food Security Industry Advisory Board, and sits on the Executive Committee of the NI Grain Trade Association, and is a past President.

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