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Dr David Dobbin CBE


Dr David Dobbin CBE has extensive international experience in the food and drink and packaging sectors and is currently Group Chief Executive of Dale Farm, the UK’s largest dairy cooperative. He is actively involved in agrifood sector and is the Chairman of the Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association, Chairman of Dairy UK and a member of the Northern Ireland Food Strategy Board. He is also Chairman of Belfast Harbour and was appointed as an expert to the EU Agri Markets Task Force. A passionate rugby enthusiast, Dr Dobbin is Chairman of the Ulster Rugby Management Committee and has previously held a number of senior public, private and voluntary sector appointments including the Chairmanships of the Strategic Investment Board, InterTradeIreland, CBI Northern Ireland and the Prince’s Trust as well as serving on the Invest NI board. In addition to receiving the CBE for his service to the agrifood and packaging industries, Dr Dobbin has received a number of awards including the Institute of Directors Northern Ireland Large Company Director of the Year, the IOD Lunn’s Award for Leadership and an honorary Chinese citizenship by the city of Kunshan in recognition of his service to economic development in China.