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Former CEO of Moy Park joins boards of two top Northern Ireland companies

New roles: Janet McCollum
New roles: Janet McCollum
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

Former Moy Park chief executive Janet McCollum has joined the board of two top Northern Ireland companies.

Ms McCollum, who left Moy Park last year, is now a director at W&R Barnett - and has been appointed to the role at the same time as former DCC chief executive Thomas Breen.

The Belfast-based firm is a global business whose interests include molasses, animal feed, grain and other items,

Ms McCollum was also appointed this month as a director at Foyle Food Group, a red meat processor with a total of 1,300 staff.

She has also been a non-executive director at food producer Mash Direct in Co Down since May, and at dairy giant Glanbia in the Republic of Ireland since last year.

The business leader spent 25 years at Moy Park, becoming chief executive in 2014.

She was replaced in the top role by Chris Kirke.

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In its latest accounts, W&R Barnett reported an increase in turnover to over £1.2bn from £1.1bn a year earlier.

The family business dates back to 1896 and is now led by William Barnett.

In a strategic report accompanying the results for the year ending July 2018, the firm said that Brexit brought some uncertainty for the group but indicated that it was "low-risk".

W&R Barnett has also recorded the appointment of Thomas Breen at Companies House on the same date as Ms McCollum.

Mr Breen spent nine years at the head of DCC, a conglomerate with interests including distribution and technology.

He was succeeded in the top role by Donal Murphy.

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