the appointment of Trevor Holmes as new Secretary-General

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Trevor Holmes will take over the role from Liam O’Dwyer, who is retiring in June after five years at the helm of the Irish Red Cross.

Liam O’Dwyer handed the reins to Trevor at the end of May and has supported him for the month of June. Liam retired on the 30th of June, after five years with the Society.

Mr. Holmes brings a wealth of experience to the role, including extensive communications experience, and comes to the charity organisation from DCU and UCC, where he was Vice President for External Affairs for the last nine years.

With a background in both the not-for-profit and corporate sectors, including Intel Ireland and Apple, Mr. Holmes is looking forward to joining the dedicated team of Red Cross members and staff.

“I am delighted to take on this exciting challenge. Being part of the Irish Red Cross with its strong member base and vital work in communities throughout Ireland – as well as its work supporting communities in Nepal, Yemen, and Syria – is a privilege.”

Speaking of his predecessor, Liam O’Dwyer, Mr. Holmes said:

“I would like to thank Liam for the extensive governance and policy development he delivered during the past five years and wish him well on his retirement.”

Since joining in 2015, Liam brought the Irish Red Cross from strength to strength and was instrumental in the “Act Today, Shape Tomorrow” Strategic Plan, which will be an effective guide to the continued development of the Society in Ireland.

Pat Carey thanked Liam at his last meeting with the Board of Directors in May for “his commitment to the organization and its members, developing strategy, enhancing governance and promoting the recognition of International Law in partnership with the Board of Directors during the past five years. I wish him well on his retirement”.

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