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Alf Smiddy

As with all the members of the JMB, Alf Smiddy's resume is extremely impressive and he brings a wealth of experience in industry to his role as a member of the Ed4Life JMB. 

Alf is a chartered accountant by profession, having worked with Price Waterhouse Coopers in Cork and Dublin, and also at the most senior levels in the Irish and international beverage industry for over twenty years, having joined Foster's Brewing Group's Irish subsiduary as Financial Controller in 1988.  He was Chairman and Managing Director of Beamish & Crawford Plc for over twelve years, and on the board of its parent company, Scottish & Newcastle (UK) Ltd (a FTSE 100 company) until they were taken over in 2008 by a conglomerate formed by Carlsberg and Heineken.

He is Board Director and Chairman of a number of businesses across a range of sectors including on-line marketing, financial services, technology, research, tourishm and hospitality, agriculture and food, renewable energy, and education.  He is Chairman of Granite Consulting, Eolas International Research, The Quintas Group - Financial Services, The Chris Mee Health & Safety Group, and Riverview Ltd.  He serves on a number of boards including the Moran & Bewley Hotels Group, the Kilkenny Group, and Kedco Plc.  

Alf also runs his own company, Granite Consulting which works with leadership teams, and CEO's in the private and public sectors in Ireland advising on organisational strategy, marketing and business development, strategic financial managment, and human resource leadership.

Alf Smiddy and Colleagues at Granite Consulting where he is Chairman

Alf is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, a fellow of the Irish Marketing Institute, and has a Diploma in Corporate Direction from the Irish Institute of Directors.  In 2009 he graduated with a Masters in Executive Leadership through Boston College and the University of Ulster.