Michael Bell- CEO, Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association

  • Michael has over twenty-nine years experience in the food industry. He worked in the bakery trade in Northern Ireland and Malta for fourteen years. During this period he worked closely with major retailers and obtained a place on the senior management board of Ormeau Bakery.

    Originally he obtained a Food Science (Hons) degree from The Queen”s University of Belfast. He holds several other food related qualifications, a Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology.  He has been involved in developing NIFDA since its foundation in 1996.  For ten years he was involved in developing Northern Ireland Food Chain Certification Ltd.  In 2004 he assisted the merging of Taste of Ulster into NIFDA.  

    Michael is an elected member of the Northern Ireland Assembly Business Trust.

    In addition to a passion for good food and drink, he enjoys sailing and hill walking.