Susan Steele, Authority Chair

Dr. Susan Steele (PhD, MBA, MEd, BSc) joined the Board of the SFPA in March 2013. Dr. Steele works with the senior management team providing through a combination of leadership, commitment and clear direction excellence in the SFPA while ensuring employees of the SFPA, as respected professionals with a diverse range of skills and experience, continue to protect our marine resources.  Dr. Steele focuses on strategic direction for the SFPA. Dr. Steele comes from Castletownbere and decided at the age of the three to become a marine biologist. The sea has been her passion since then. She has worked in both academic and private and public sector appointments. Her last appointment involved developing BIM’s Seafood Development Centre as Head of Innovation. Dr. Steele holds a Phd in Zoology from UCC as well as a BSc in Marine Biology from the University of Wales Dr. Steele currently sits on the Wildlife Committee of the Heritage Council, Business Advisory Council in UCC and the Public Sector Innovation Forum 


Andrew Kinneen, Authority Member

Prior to his appointment as an Authority Member with SFPA, Andrew was Head of the Seafood Control Division at the Department of Communications, Marine & Natural Resources(DCMNR). Andrew has also worked with the European Commission (EC), as a European Fisheries Inspector and as a Community Inspector in the North East Atlantic. Andrew is currently one of Ireland’s representatives on the Administrative Board of the Community Fisheries Control Agency. Before commencing his employment with the EC, Andrew was appointed as a Sea-Fisheries Protection Officer at DCMNR where he was engaged in the regulation of sea-fisheries conservation law and food safety law. He also served as a Fish Quality Officer, based primarily in Galway and Ros an Mhil. Andrew commenced employment in the fishing industry on trawlers around the coast of Ireland in whitefish, herring and prawn fisheries. 

Micheál O'Mahony, Authority Member

Micheál O’ Mahony, a veterinary graduate of UCD spent several years working in food animal clinical practice following which he was appointed as Lecturer in Veterinary Public Health & Food Safety with UCD, where he participated in various projects in the teaching and research of Veterinary Public Health. In 2004 he was awarded an MVM degree for his research project on Irish organic dairy farming. Micheál was appointed as Chief Specialist in Veterinary Public Health with FSAI in 2005, and the following year achieved Diplomate status with the European College of Veterinary Public Health, to become a European Veterinary Specialist Food Science. Micheál took up the post of Authority Member with the SFPA in January 2008. 

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