Tom Parlon – Director General
Before joining the CIF, Tom served as a TD for Laois – Offaly and as Minister for State at the Department of Finance from 2002 until 2007. As Minister he was responsible for the Office for Public Works (OPW).
From 1997 to 2001, Tom was President of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), having previously held several other positions with the association.
He is from Coolderry in Co. Offaly.
George Hennessy – Chief Operations Officer
George Hennessy is responsible for the day to day running of the internal organisation. He is secretary to the CIF Executive Body and the Federation’s Audit and Organisation committee. He oversees the provision of a range of functions and business support services
He is executive director of CPAS which administers the CWPS, CERS, Sick Pay and CIRT schemes.
Gillian Heffernan – PA to Director General and Chief Operations Officer
Gillian is PA to the Director General and Chief Operations Officer. She also looks after the administration work for the Federation's President during his / her term of office. As well as these duties Gillian provides secretarial work to the Federation's Executive Body and some of its sub-Committees. She has been with the CIF since 1989.
Claire McNamee – Reception
Claire looks after reception for the CIF in our headquarters in Dublin. As well as greeting all visitors to the CIF and handling public queries, she also handles the many telephone calls made to the main CIF number. Claire is also the main point of contact for all CIF publications such as contracts and other materials.