Ann joined FIPRA in January 2008 and is a Special Advisor with responsibility for the Food & Beverage sector and Public Affairs in Ireland. Ann has been a public affairs consultant for many years in Brussels and Dublin, having previously worked with the European Commission in Brussels in the area of SMEs and in Dublin on industrial relations policy and social partnership. Ann has extensive experience working with multinational companies in the areas of food and drink; healthcare; transport; energy and the environment. Ann was Director of Understanding Europe, a company providing EU training for professionals and lectured in Communications at Dublin City University. Ann holds a post graduate degree in European Affairs from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium and in Sustainable Development Policy from Blekinge Institute, Sweden. Ann speaks English, French and Gaeilge.