The board of the Irish Red Cross has appointed Liam O’Dwyer as its new Secretary General effective from the start of October.
Mr O’Dwyer, originally from Dublin, is formerly Chief Executive of the Irish League of Credit Unions and before that was National Director of the Society of St Vincent de Paul.
He joins the Irish Red Cross from the Catholic Institute for Deaf People where he was CEO. During this time, Mr O’Dwyer oversaw the development and recent completion of the €15-million Deaf Village Ireland project on the Navan Road in Dublin.
Irish Red Cross chair Pat Carey said Mr O’Dwyer was appointed after a thorough recruitment process.
“Liam has exceptional credentials in the community and voluntary sector and his experience in finance, human resources and public affairs made him the ideal candidate to implement our strategic vision. On behalf of the Irish Red Cross board, I wholeheartedly welcome him to the society,” Mr Carey said.
Mr O’Dwyer is familiar with the Irish Red Cross as a former General Assembly member who has served on the society’s Finance Committee. He was chair of the Irish Red Cross Audit Committee until last May.
“I look forward to serving our volunteers and supporting their work around the country. I also look forward to working with the strategic management team and all the staff at headquarters in furthering the mission of the Irish Red Cross.
“A critical aspect of this role is to ensure with the Board of Directors the good governance of the organisation. In the current environment, this has taken on a more central position and must not only be achieved but be demonstrated,” Mr O’Dwyer said.