New ASA President, Anne Marie Butler

Kilkenny’s Anne Marie Butler becomes 71st ASA President

New ASA head to focus on the role of science in driving innovation and competitiveness in agri-food 

Kilkenny’s Anne Marie Butler becomes 71st ASA President

Monday 14th September 2020: The Agricultural Science Association (ASA) has announced that Dr Anne Marie Butler, Senior Agricultural Manager, Ulster Bank has become the 71st President of the association. From a tillage farm in Kilkenny, Anne Marie holds a Degree & PhD in Agriculture from UCD and previously lectured in the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science before moving into the banking industry.

In her role as ASA President, Anne Marie has identified a need to champion science in order to meet the challenges and embrace opportunities within the industry. Speaking about her plans, she said, “As the professional body for Agricultural Science graduates, the ASA has science at its core. It is the bedrock upon which all of our members have developed their careers and it is fundamental in enabling our industry to meet the challenges presented by climate change while continuing to achieve our ambitious growth targets.

For the last 78 years, ASA members have worked through many crises while continuing to advance the reach of our sector. This growth has been driven by scientific, technological and market advancements, but it has is ultimately been led by our people. Throughout my tenure I am committed to continue to advance our members skills and professional development through a series of initiatives which will be rolled out throughout the year.”

New President’s Agenda

Anne Marie has a number of initiatives already in the pipeline which will be launched in the coming months including a new podcast series featuring inspirational stories from Agricultural Science graduates and an exciting new career development opportunity for members which will be revealed in November.

Anne Marie has also initiated a Strategic Review of the ASA in order to ensure that the organisation continues to deliver relevant supports and benefits for its members to reflect recent developments and changes within the industry. The review follows on from a similar exercise carried out in 2015 in order to ensure that the association remains current.

About Anne Marie

As Senior Agricultural Manager with Ulster Bank, Anne Marie’s key focus is on business development across Ireland.  She has completed a number of Financial Diplomas since she joined Ulster Bank in 2008.  Anne Marie has recently worked with the Irish Institute of Bankers on the development of a new agricultural training course for employees across the Irish financial services industry (Professional Diploma in SME Credit – SME Agri credit assessment & financing).   

After her undergraduate degree, Anne Marie completed a PhD focussing on the Design & Evaluation of Optimal Dairy Systems in association with Teagasc Moorepark.  Anne-Marie is married to Derek and has two children Keelin (10) & Senan (7). 


Updated: 14/09/2020 — 12:13 pm