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 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

Dr Stanley McDowell 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

AFBI Boardroom, AFBI HQ, Newforge Lane Belfast

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

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

Date of Board Meetings (September 2022 – August 2023)

Please note that these dates may be subject to change:

  • 01 September 2022
  • 06 October 2022
  • 03 November 2022
  • 01 December 2022
  • 12 January 2023
  • 02 February 2023
  • 02 March 2023

Dates for April 2023 – August 2023 are yet to be set

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2022 – August 2023)

Please note that these dates may be subject to change:

Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

  • 25 October 2022
  • 31 January 2023

Organisational Development and Human Resources Committee

  • 08 September 2022
  • 14 December 2022
  • 01 March 2023

Finance and Business Strategy Committee

  • 01 November 2022
  • 28 February 2023

Science Strategy Committee

  • 04 October 2022
  • 09 December 2022
  • 20 February 2022

Oversight and Governance Committee

  • 14 September 2022
  • 30 November 2022
  • 15 March 2023

Dates for April 2023 – August 2023 are yet to be set