Catherine Lascurettes was born, raised and educated in the Hautes Pyrénées, South West France, and did an international trade and business master’s degree through German and English in the Université Toulouse Le Mirail (Toulouse II).
After moving to Ireland, Catherine did a Marketing Graduadeship in the Marketing Institute of Ireland.
She worked for Hibernia Meats, Airmotive Ireland and finally the Confederation of Irish Industry (which became IBEC), before joining the Irish Farmers’ Association.
After 26 years as the IFA’s Dairy Executive, she left in September 2020 to set up her own agri-policy consultancy practice, Cúl Dara Consultancy, based in Kildare Town.
Catherine’s Nuffield Scholarship travels and research were carried out in 2000/2001.
Catherine’s Nuffield topic was “Farmers’ Unions – The Challenges of Representation” and she travelled to Australia, New Zealand, the US, France and the UK to meet with farmers’ unions in all of these countries.
She explored how the increasing rural to urban shift affects their ability to influence political agendas and how reduced numbers of members and consequent reduced unions’ incomes can be overcome to ensure members’ interests can fully and efficiently continue to be represented.
How farmers’ unions plan to cope with the challenges involved in representing farming and rural issues