Our senior management team consists of five members.
Secretary General: Liam O'Dwyer
Liam joined the Irish Red Cross in 2015 from the Catholic Institute for Deaf People where he was CEO. During this time, Liam oversaw the development of the €15-million Deaf Village Ireland project on the Navan Road in Dublin.
Previously, he was Chief Executive of the Irish League of Credit Unions and before that, National Director of the Society of St Vincent de Paul.
Liam's association with the Irish Red Cross long precedes his role as Secretary General. He is a former General Assembly member and has served on the Finance Committee. He was chair of the Irish Red Cross Audit Committee until May 2015.
His interests include soccer and tennis.
Head of International Relations & Co-operation: John Roche
A graduate from Kimmage Manor Development Studies Centre in Ireland, John Anthony Roche has over 20 years professional experience in humanitarian response and development across Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and South Asia.
John has been associated with the Red Cross for over 30 years. First, as a young local volunteer with the Irish Red cross, then as a staff member at our HQ where he spearheaded the development of many programmes, particularly those focused on young people. He was also as an overseas delegate, working in both relief and development roles.
For more than a decade, John has been integral in guiding the Irish Red Cross in developing and piloting programmes, such as integrating humanitarian law into the national curriculum and spearheading our bilateral programmes in Niger and Sahel region.
As an overseas delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), John was involved in many major operations and managed complex humanitarian missions. He also served as head of the ICRC relief division for the West and central Africa/Eastern Europe region.
In 2005, he took up the role of food security specialist for Africa International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and was later appointed Regional Officer for southern Africa, and later Operations Coordinator for East and Southern Africa.
John was then posted to India for four years, first as the IFRC’s Regional Disaster Management Coordinator, then as Head of the IFRC’s India office, working closely with the Indian Red Cross Society.
John became Head of the Irish Red Cross International Department in September 2013.
Head of Fundraising & Commercial Services: Danny Curran
Daniel Curran joined the Irish Red Cross in 2011. He began his career in the Red Cross as Commercial Training Manager and progressed to Commercial Manager and headed up the Commercial Training department for 2 years. Daniel developed quality systems and processes to ensure top quality services are being provided for our customers. Daniel joined the Fundraising department in 2014 as Corporate Manager and has been responsible for managing the Corporate relationships in the Red Cross as well as obtaining new partnerships.
Originally from Belfast, Daniel worked with the Procurement Branch of the Northern Ireland Court Service. He moved to the Irish Defence Forces in 1999 where he gained experience in logistics, fire-fighting, health & safety, IT, training and personnel management. In 2005, Daniel joined Lifeline Ambulance Service and in 2008 he appointed as a full-time EMT. He was promoted to Leading Ambulance Person in 2009 and was responsible for many areas including training, health & safety, logistics, personnel management, clinical quality assurance and assisting with tendering. Daniel is a graduate of Dublin Business School and obtained his business qualification from the Institute of Commercial Management.
Head of Volunteer Network Services & Development: Sandra Stanley
Sandra’s Irish Red Cross career spans an impressive 25 years. During this time she gained extensive experience and an in-depth knowledge of all components within the movement, both nationally and internationally.
Sandra is now Head of the Youth & Volunteer Development and also holds the position of National Child Protection Officer, two roles in which she gains great satisfaction both personally and professionally.
Sandra is married to Martin and has 2 boys and by default is also a keen GAA fan.
Head of Finance: Rory O'Sullivan
Rory 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 2 years and then return home but the opportunity to move into industry with a successful manufacturing company was too tempting to resist and 2 years became 12.
The time to finally come home arrived when his eldest was due to start school.
In 2001 she started school in Bettystown, Co Meath and Rory joined an Irish retail company as their financial controller.
Following this were a number of other roles, as financial controller, in retail organisations and in March 2015 Rory joined the Irish Red Cross Society as Head of Finance.