OUR MISSION IS TO HELP YOUNG FARMERS BECOME SUCCESSFUL FARM OWNERS
Bill is a co -founder of Saturn Farms. In 2015, Bill and his wife Audrey partnered with Eoghan O’Dwyer to form Saturn Farms. After completing his Green Cert in Kildaton College, Bill travelled to New Zealand to complete his work experience. In 1998, Bill returned home and leased the family farm from his parents to become the sixth generation of O’Keeffe’s to farm in Conna.
Since then, Bill has grown the business from farming 150 acres, milking 100 cows with one person employed, to co-founding Saturn Farms and now milking over 1000 cows with a team of 14 in 2020. In 2010, Bill was awarded a Nuffield Ireland scholarship. From 2012 to 2016 Bill was elected chairman of Nuffield Ireland and also board member of Nuffield International.
Employee Experience Manager
Audrey is a CIPD qualified Human Resources Manager with 10 years’ experience in Operations Management. Audrey has merged her HR experience from large scale commercial organisations to working on the ground with Saturn Farms and has enjoyed the transition and its similarities.
Audrey completed her Green Cert in 2016, however has been solely involved in the farm business since 2012. Audrey and Bill have developed Saturn Farms with the clear understanding that people are a business’s greatest asset.
Operations Manager, Wicklow & Kildare
From Cashel Co. Tipperary, Eoghan graduated with a 2.1 degree in agriculture from WIT in 2011. Eoghan joined Saturn Farms in 2013 and is farming in partnership since 2015 on the Dunlavin farm leased by Bill and Audrey. A key skill of Eoghan’s is work organisation, this enables Eoghan to run an efficient farming system and be a top performing farmer.
Chief Financial Officer
From a dairy farm near Mitchelstown, Co. Cork and working with Saturn Farms since October 2017, Tom is an ACCA qualified accountant with 20 years of experience in manufacturing environments. Tom previously worked as Financial Controller with EPS Ireland (Kingspan Group) from 2011 to 2017 and has also worked with CRH Plc and Dairygold Food Ingredients.