How we're governed

Oxfam Ireland is a registered charity in Ireland (ROI company number 284292, Charity number CHY 5988) and Northern Ireland (NI company number 33800, Charity number CHY XN89651) with headquarters in Dublin and Belfast. We are registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority in Ireland (Registered Charity Number 20009946) and with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (Registered Charity Number NIC100848). Here are our articles of association for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.


As a not-for-profit, charitable status company, Oxfam Ireland is governed by a maximum of 11 unpaid trustees, known as Council or Board members. Since 2012, members are appointed for a maximum of two three-year terms through open competition. Board members appointed as Chair can serve for a maximum of two three-year terms in that role. These trustees participate in special committees set up by management to guide decisions on programme quality, finance and risk.


A Board committee on remuneration and performance appoints the Chief Executive and sets pay rates for the Chief Executive and senior staff. For every paid staff member, we have the support of approximately ten volunteers. We could not carry out our work without this key support from people countrywide and we value it greatly.


In accordance with changes to the Companies Act and new(SORP) requirements, we are currently revising our memorandums and articles of association regarding our Board of Directors.


In laying out our new protocol for board members, the Board agreed by special resolution that Dr Campbell’s term be extended and that she be elected for two terms of three years as Chair, with the re-election after the first term at the discretion of the Board and dependent on Dr Campbell's willingness to serve. Dr Campbell will not have completed her first term until September 2016. This was to assist with the transition to the new protocols and to ensure continuity of Oxfam Ireland’s representation on the Executive Board of Oxfam International, which is also part of our Chair’s role. 


A Board committee on remuneration and performance appoints the Chief Executive and sets pay rates for the Chief Executive and senior staff. 


For every paid staff member, Oxfam Ireland has the support of approximately 10 volunteers. We could not carry out our work without this key support from people all over the country and we value it greatly.


ROI Memo & Articles


NI Memo & Articles


Current board members are:


Dr. Susan Murphy (Chair) - Appointed as Chair 22/02/2018
Dr. Susan Murphy is the Assistant Professor in international development practice with the School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, and programme coordinator for the joint TCD UCD Masters in Development Practice. Susan received a Ph.D. in 2012 from the School of Politics and International Relations, UCD, on the subject of international development and normative political theory. She is currently leading baseline research projects on gender and education, and the gendered dimensions of climate change in East Africa. Susan sits on the steering committee of the Trinity International Development Initiative, is visiting lecturer to the School of Politics and International Relations UCD, Dar es Salaam University Centre for Education, and is visiting fellow with REPOA, Policy Research for Development, Tanzania.
Maria McCann - Appointed 17/04/2015
Maria McCann is founder and Managing Partner of McCann Public Relations. Maria worked for Morton Newspapers and The Belfast Telegraph, becoming a correspondent with UTV for five years, before moving to the Middle East where she was a freelance correspondent with the Daily Mail, CBC and RTE throughout the events of the first Gulf war.  In 1993, Maria McCann moved back to Northern Ireland and became managing partner at Macmillan Media. She developed its Public Relations division before taking this forward as an independent firm. Maria is a member of the Northern Ireland Research Ethics Committee, and served for six years as a Ministerial appointed Board member of Northern Ireland Screen. Her pro bono work has included:  lobbying for SPEAC (Special Provision of Education for Autistic Children) pilot project; advising the Belfast Charitable Society and as a Gamesmaker with London Olympics 2012. 
Dr. Maurice Manning - Appointed 20/02/2015
Maurice Manning is currently Chancellor of the National University of Ireland and Chair of the Government Advisory Group on the Decade of Centenaries. Previously he has been a member of Dáil Éireann, Leader of Seanad Éireann and from 2002 to 2012 President of the Irish Human Rights Commission. From 2006-2011, he chaired the European Group of National Human Rights Institutions. He served on the Governing Authority of UCD from 1979 to 2008; he spent much of his academic career in the Department of Politics at UCD. He has published widely and is currently Adjunct Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at UCD. He is also currently Chair of the Publishing Committee of the Institute of Public Administration.
Andrew McCracken - Appointed 20/04/2018
Andrew McCracken is CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and Chair of CO3, the charity for third sector leaders in Northern Ireland.  Andrew has strayed far from his original degree in Physics and has worked on major organisational development projects, led highly successful national fundraising campaigns, facilitated significant change within local and international charities, and provided advice and support for charity leaders on people and fundraising issues. Amongst other roles, he has 13 years experience of working within Tearfund, an international development NGO, latterly as their Global Fundraising Director. Andrew and his partner Harriet live in Belfast and have a large and noisy family of fostered, adopted and birth children.
Prof. Mary Murphy - Appointed 20/04/2018
Prof Mary Murphy has lectured in Irish Politics and Society in Maynooth University’s Department of Sociology since 2007. Her research interests include eco social policy,  social security policy, power and civil society, and gender. Her latest book, Policy Analysis in Ireland,  co-edited with John Hogan was published March 2021.  A contributor to national policy debate, she has been a member of various national policy groups including the National Economic and Social Council , the National Advisory Group on Taxation and Social Welfare (2011-2014) the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (2013-2017), and in 2019 was appointed by President M.D.Higgins to the Council of State.
Deirdre Grant - Appointed 20/04/2018
Deirdre Grant is the managing director of communications consultancy firm Red Flag. She provides strategic advice to her clients’ senior management teams, bringing her twenty years’ experience in communications and public affairs to assist them in winning in business and media.  
Prior to joining Red Flag, Deirdre worked as a special advisor to two Cabinet Ministers, as a director of public affairs, a head of communications for international NGOs and as a national broadcast journalist.  She has extensive contacts in politics, media and the corporate world. Her experience in government means she is acutely aware of how policy and legislation is formed and influenced.  Deirdre has worked in international development in South Africa and Haiti, including being part of an emergency response team in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake there.  She also has a masters in HIV/AIDS from the University of Cape Town.  
Alf Smiddy - Appointed 28/06/2019

Alf is a chartered accountant by profession, having worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cork and Dublin, and also in the Irish and international hospitality and beverage sector for over 25 years. He is a director of the Dalata Hotel Group plc,  the ESB and of Social Innovation Fund Ireland Ltd. He is also director of a number of businesses across a range of sectors including financial services, marketing and technology, tourism and hospitality, agriculture and food, health and safety, and retail. He also runs his own company and works with leadership teams and boards in the private and public sectors in Ireland on organisational strategy, marketing and business development, financial management and human resource leadership.

Catherine Gaynor - Appointed 19/06/2020
Catherine (Cathy) Gaynor has worked as a planner, evaluator, researcher, trainer and technical director in development programmes spanning many countries for 40 years. This has included nine years across three full-time assignments in Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Malawi and multiple short and long term assignments for a range of multilateral, bilateral and non-governmental organisations. She has a BSc from NUIG and a Masters in Social Policy and Planning from London School of Economics. Particular areas of expertise include gender equality and results based management. Most recently, she led on the design and was Technical Director for a five year innovative programme in Nigeria working to change harmful norms related to gender based violence and opposition to women’s leadership and decision making. The primary target group was young women and men but also other key influencers. The programme has generated cutting edge learning related to changing gender norms and the measurement of change. Cathy has recently re-located to her roots in Clare and currently engages both locally and globally on development issues.  

Past Board Members Include


Dr. Henrietta Campbell

Dr Campbell studied medicine at Queen’s University Belfast, graduating in 1973. Following a career in General Practice she was appointed Chief Medical Officer in the Dept. of Health and Social Services in Northern Ireland in 1995, a post she held until 2006.  In recognition of her contribution to medicine in Northern Ireland, Dr Campbell was awarded an honorary doctorate by Queen’s University Belfast, and in 2000 was awarded CB in the New Year’s Honours List. Dr Campbell is on the Board of the UK Food Standards Agency and a panel Member of the Independent Financial Review Body which sets the salaries and expenses of the Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly. 

Kevin Rafter
Kevin Rafter is an Irish academic and former journalist. He is Professor of Political Communications and Head of the School of Communications at Dublin City University.


Robin Masefield

Robin Masefield was the Director General of the Northern Ireland Prison Service for six years to December 2010. This was the culmination of 37 years of public service mostly in Northern Ireland but also included postings in London and Hong Kong. He served in a range of senior management positions that specialised in governance, finance and human resources, as well as operational responsibility. Robin’s degree at Cambridge was in social anthropology and previous job roles have included promoting the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees from Hong Kong in 1980-83, and a tour of Caribbean countries when responsible for aspects of immigration policy in the Home Office (1983-86).