Our People

The Board:

GVM Group has around 5,000 shareholders who elect Advisory Committees. These Advisory Committees elect the Board which governs the Society.

The Chairman of the Board is John O’Keeffe. John is a dairy farmer from Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick and he has been on the Board since 2002.

The Vice-Chairman of the Board is James O’Connor.  James is a dairy farmer from Charleville, Co. Cork and he has been on the Board since 2004.

John O’ Keeffe – Chairman

James O’ Connor – Vice Chairman

Members of the Board:

John O’Keeffe, James O’Connor, Bernard Clery, Tim Shanahan, John Carmody, John Purcell, John Cooke, Eddie O’Dea, David Naughton, Tim Hannon, Conor O’Gorman, Patrick Lane, Michael McGovern, Michael Flood, George Taylor, David Connor, Padraig Grogan, James Kane, Denis Donovan, David A O’ Callaghan.

Management & Staff:

The Chief Executive and Secretary is PJ Buckley. PJ is a commerce graduate from UCC and is a Chartered Accountant. He has been with the Society since 1992.

The Financial Controller is Maurice Lyons. Maurice is a commerce graduate from UCD and is a Chartered Accountant. He has been with the Society since 2000.

The Property Director is Tom Crosse. Tom is a fellow of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers and is currently president of the Institute. He has been with the Society since 1987.

PJ Buckley

Maurice Lyons

Tom Crosse

Livestock Marts:

KILMALLOCK MART: Eileen McMahon, Marion O’Sullivan, Margaret Noonan, Mary Garvey and Cecilia McNamara together with additional staff manage the office. Denis Kirby looks after administration and the yard together with a committed staff. Denis also looks after Dromcollogher Mart.

TULLAMORE MART: Antoinette Daly manages the Mart assisted by a very committed staff. Antoinette has been with the Society since 1990.

CARRIGALLEN MART: Helen Kells manages the Mart assisted by a very committed staff including Seamus McHugh who manages the yard.

ABBEYFEALE MART: Denis Lane manages the Mart assisted by his very capable staff. Denis also assists in the running of Kilmallock.

GVM DIRECT: Eddie O’Dea manages our farm to farm sales.

Overseas:

POLAND: Our directors are James Foley and Barbara Olejniczak who have been with us since 2005. James is a former partner in E & Y Warsaw and Barbara is a lawyer.

GERMANY: Our directors are Stefan Kueter and Hubertus Von Hesse. Stefan joined us in 2005 and has worked for over 25 years in property in Berlin and actively manages our German Portfolio. Hubertus joined us in 2009 and is a lawyer.