Patrick Woods appointed managing director of Armagh-based Linwoods
He takes over the role from his father John Woods, who has led the company for the past 60 years and will continue to have a key strategic role in the company.
Patrick Woods has worked in the business since he was a teenager, and has a background in food and nutrition, having qualified with a degree in Food Nutrition and Health from CAFRE.
He has two younger siblings Joseph and Ellen, both of whom are also involved in the business. Woods is particularly keen to improve on the sustainability side of the Linwoods business with a focus on manufacturing and packaging operations.
Started over 50 years ago with a small local shop owned by the Woods family in Co Armagh, Linwoods is today one of Ireland’s leading health food brands, having experienced an increase in turnover of 17% in 2020-2021.
The company aims to enhance people’s health and wellbeing, helping them feel great everyday by providing sustainable and healthy food.
Woods is married to Laura, has a three-year-old daughter Aoife, and is immersed in GAA and his local club Madden Raparees, where he is currently chair. He also enjoys outdoor exercise such as cycling and walking.
Woods intends to continue to grow the business with Innovation and Sustainability as key pillars going forward.
His vision for the future of Linwoods can be distilled down to Sustainable Health – from a personal point of view with nutrition and diet playing a key role in long-term health and wellness, and for the planet by promoting plant-based foods and transitioning the business to carbon neutrality over the coming decade.