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The Ulster Wool management team

The Ulster Wool management team develops strategy, drives key commercial initiatives and manages the day to day operations of the business. Click on the profiles below for more information.

Brendan Kelly Brendan Kelly Chairman Joe Farren Joe Farren Director Stephen Preston Stephen Preston Joint Depot Manager Jayne Harkness-Bones Jayne Harkness-Bones Joint Depot Manager

Brendan Kelly – Chairman

Farming in partnership with his two brothers, Brendan runs around 950 breeding ewes, including Mules and Romney’s, as well as 90 suckler cows on over 600 acres of grazing land. As well as being an active member of the UFU’s Beef and lamb committee, Brendan is also a member of the BISCA executive committee and a senior shearing judge as well as an advanced shearer in his own right.

185 Magheralane Road, Co Antrim, BT41 2PH

Mob:     07831 669669
Email:   brendankelly@ulsterwool.org.uk

Joe Farren, Director

A graduate of Balliol College, Oxford in Modern Languages and English, Joe is also a qualified barrister.  He spent the first part of his career in the City advising on company mergers and acquisitions.  In 2004 Joe joined SIG Plc, the FTSE 250 Yorkshire headquartered multinational distributor of building and home improvement products, where he was Head of UK and Ireland Business Development.  From 2013, he was a director with LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Bank.  He is part of a farming family, with farms in Yorkshire and Aberdeenshire.

Stephen has worked at the Muckamore depot for 17 years, and recently qualified as a Grader after completing the intensive training programme.

As Joint Depot Managers, Jayne and Stephen are commited to providing the highest levels of service to producers, from assistance with transporting wool into the depot, to sharing knowledge to maximise producer's returns. 

Tel: 02894 462131

Email: StephenPreston@ulsterwool.com

Jayne Harkness-Bones
Joint Depot Manager

Jayne is an experienced wool handler having worked for shearing contractors as a rousey over the years, also representing Northern Ireland many times at the Golden Shears World Championships.

As Joint Depot Managers, Jayne and Stephen are commited to providing the highest levels of service to producers, from assistance with transporting wool into the depot, to sharing knowledge to maximise producer's returns. 

Tel: 02894 462131

Email: JayneHarkness-Bones@ulsterwool.com