The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) is a multi-disciplinary organisation with c650 staff involved in high technology research and development, diagnostic and analytical testing for the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and other Government departments, public bodies and commercial companies in Northern Ireland, and further afield.

The Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI) was created on 1st April 2006 by joining the Science Service of the then Department of Agriculture and Rural Development with the Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland (ARINI).

AFBI’s NDPB status enables it to be innovative and entrepreneurial in its approach to business development. AFBI is forging new partnerships with other scientific institutes and research organisations and extending the range of services it offers. This enables AFBI’s unique breadth of scientific capabilities in the areas of agriculture, animal health, food, environment and biosciences to be offered to a wider prospective national and international customer base.

AFBI is managed by an independent Board which is also responsible for monitoring its performance.

Mr Colin Coffey Chair

Josephine Kelly Acting Chief Executive

Why AFBI is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

“The AFBI Board welcome the opportunity to provide a candidate with viable insight into operations at Board level and hope that the experience will encourage candidates to consider applying for future positions.”

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Given the current Public Health guidance all meetings are held virtually using technology platforms.

AFBI Boardroom, AFBI HQ, Newforge Lane Belfast and other locations as deemed by the Chair.

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Currently there are 10-11 Board Meetings per year with Committee meetings held on a quarterly basis.  Board Meetings tend to be held from 9.30 – 14.00 with Committee meetings being approx. 3 hours commencing at 10.00 or 14.00.

Date of Board Meetings (September 2021 – August 2022)

AFBI Board Meetings

29 April 2021

25 May 2021

24 June 2021

26 August 2021

30 Sept 2021

28 Oct 2021

25 Nov 2021

27 Jan 2022

24 Feb 2022

24 Mar 2022

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2021 – August 2022)