Below is our talented team helping to make the Farmyard project a reality.
Sarah brings thirty+ years’ business leadership, development and strategy experience in
sustainable development, EU and international policy and legislation, social & environmental
justice, through sustainable agriculture, the environment/nature advocacy, food sovereignty and the natural/organic foods trade sector. She has spent her career as a catalyst building network coalitions and advocacy groups, curating and coordinating events and campaigns that bring together farmer cooperatives, business leaders, policy makers, academia and NGO’s.
Sarah is a Board Member of the Afghan Council of Ireland, an Associate with the Institute of European Environmental Policy and a Steering Group member of SDG Watch Europe - the EU's largest civil society network of NGOs across the 27 member states.
Oonagh O’Sullivan is a multidisciplinary artist, event organiser, holistic practitioner and educator with a BSc in Psychology. She has organised events for 9 years in the areas of the arts, mental health, holistic wellbeing and social justice. Oonagh has raised thousands of euro for different charities and non-profits curating events & fundraisers since her first Shave or Dye in 2013. She co-organised the first Craictivism gig in 2016 with “Craicin’ Up” to raise awareness for mental health featuring well-known Irish band The Coronas. The second gig of Craictivism was held in 2017 to fundraise for The Movember Foundation. She looks forward to bringing the Craictivism Gigs back to life through the FarmYard Project.
Oonagh has curated spaces in festivals such as Electric Picnic, Body & Soul and Kaleidoscope & has offered workshops at festivals across the world. Last year, she was the main organiser of the inaugural Wellness Festival at Lisnavagh and the West Cork Flow Festival. She has helped curate large scale public events for high profile organisations such as Google, The Ballydehob Jazz Festival, The BlueFire Street Festival, and hotel takeovers in the US.
Oonagh is passionate about working with marginalised communities, with a particular drive to work with refugees. She has volunteered in refugee camps in Greece and continues to work with refugees in Ireland. She is currently the Yoga Mandala Project Irish liaison, which is a grassroots initiative that supports the well-being of those impacted by war, violence and displacement as well as service providers working in these communities through trauma-informed training, the co-creation of sustainable yoga programs, and crisis response projects.
Oonagh’s passion lies in gathering people together to explore and celebrate the arts as a medium to enact change in a world that needs our collective creative fire now more than ever!
Since 2002 Emily Bunbury has worked closely as a team partner with her husband William. Emily’s key role has been to manage Lisnavagh House and Gardens as well as working and advising William on the running of Lisnavagh Estate as a whole. Her role as evolved and diversified over the years of the business to include creativity, event management, staff management, cookery, support and intuition.
Prior to Lisnavagh Emily had her own small business, Tailormade Ireland, designing bespoke tours for overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, which she closed after she moved to Lisnavagh in 2002.
In 2012 Emily set up and began to organise retreats at Lisnavagh House and developed a keen interest in the sustainability of food and how we should eat well and eat with the seasons and alongside she set up an online farm shop and the Bunbury Boxes - themed organic style food and veg box.
More recently in 2022 Emily worked with a festival organiser to set up the first Lisnavagh Wellness Festival which is now set to become an annual event. The event has a strong motive behind it - The Farmyard Lisnavagh - Eat Sleep Breath Create - will provide an opportunity about how important it is to look after ourselves by consciously looking after the planet through our day to day lives. Emily’s vision is to bring people together to give each person the opportunity to be part of a series of meaningful workshops within a programme of events where each person can learn about climate action, community and self-sustainability.
William has been managing the Lisnavagh estate since 2000, maintaining the farmland, woodland and the Lisnavagh Farmyard. He has planted approximately 10,000 trees and has adopted a Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF) approach. In 2001, William launched the Lisnavagh Timber Project (LTP), to add value to the hardwood timber from the woodlands.
In 2002, he developed a database traceability system, which is still in use today. Every plank of timber, commission, or product is traceable back to the tree it came from, which has proven to be a valuable USP.
In 2008, he launched his first product – “Bunbury Boards” – bespoke wooden chopping boards - a high-end, fully traceable product. The workshop was expanded and William established wholesale sales to many retailers (small and large), including Kilkenny shops, Harrods, Marks & Spencer, Arnotts, Selfridges, John Lewis, William Sonoma (USA) and Divertimenti.
Olivia is a social media and marketing expert, focusing on the development of effective communication strategies for her clients, with an emphasis on digital and brand awareness. Olivia works on projects with a particular focus on social and sustainable development. Olivia worked as the Operational Management of Internal Communication for the Secretary of Public Service and Culture of the Buenos Aires City Government.
Over the last ten years Olivia has worked for several organisations, as a member of interdisciplinary work teams, honing her skills in integrated communications, writing quality content, creating 360°campaigns, executing strategic digital marketing plans and new areas of work linked to communication, such as design and programming. From 2016 – 2019, Olivia worked as the Operational Management of Internal Communication for the Secretary of Public Service & Culture of the Buenos Aires CityGovernment.
Since training as a chartered accountant, Rupert has worked as a business and accounting professional in many commercial and charitable enterprises – initially as an employee, then as a partner in a London-based private equity firm and subsequently as an independent consultant for UK and Irish SMEs.
Rupert has considerable experience in all areas of accounting and finance functions in the private, public and charity sector, including with the Scottish Government (Transport for Scotland) and negotiating a Bank of Scotland Performance Bond with respect to inserting slip road onto A835.