Secretary-General: Catrina Sheridan
Catrina Sheridan joined the Irish Red Cross as Secretary General in May 2021. The founder of Nafasi, a platform that enables African entrepreneurs to access mentoring and traceable funding, Catrina brings a wealth of experience from across the private and non-profit sectors. Serving on the Board of SOLAS, Catrina has also worked in leading charities such as GOAL and Trocaire and previously held the role of CEO for Sightsavers.
Catrina has a M.Sc. in Executive Leadership and a M.A., B.Sc. in Management and has extensive strategic, management and communications experience.
Head of Fundraising: Charlie Lamson
Charlie Lamson joins the Irish Red Cross with more than 20 years of experience as a not-for-profit leader and fundraising professional in the US and Ireland. In previous roles he has worked with a variety of domestic and international organisations including Sightsavers Ireland, the Dublin City University Educational Trust, Front Line Defenders and Children’s Hospital Boston.
Charlie is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a Master of Arts degree in International Economics/ Social & Economic Development and served as a volunteer English teacher with the United States Peace Corps in Pleven, Bulgaria from 1993-1995. He is a dual US and Irish citizen and lives Delgany, Co. Wicklow.
Head of Volunteer Network Services & Development: Sandra Stanley
Sandra Stanley is the Head of National Services, which encompasses all services delivered by volunteers and staff within Ireland. This portfolio includes First Aid (Unit Structure), Community Support Services, Youth Services, Membership, Community Based Health and First Aid (CBHFA running within Irish Prisons), the Merchants Quay Ireland Initiative and most recently, the Commercial and Training department. Sandra is also the National Safeguarding Officer for Irish Red Cross.
Sandra began her career with Irish Red Cross 35 years ago and during this time she has gained extensive knowledge of all components within the Society and the wider Movement. Her ongoing goal is to deliver services to the public and volunteers at the highest level and to continually innovate, adapt and improve existing services.
Head of Finance: Rory O'Sullivan
Rory O’Sullivan graduated from UCD in 1983 and qualified as a chartered accountant with PWC. Following graduation, he moved to Melbourne, Australia with PWC.
The initial plan was to stay in Australia for two years and then return home but the opportunity to move into industry with a successful manufacturing company was too tempting to resist and two years became twelve.
In 2001 Rory returned to Ireland and joined an Irish retail company as their financial controller.
Following this, there were a number of financial controller roles in retail organisations and in March 2015 Rory joined the Irish Red Cross Society as Head of Finance.