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 make guide decisions on strategic planning, employee pensions and organisational assessments. A Finance, Audit and Risk Committee oversees our financial health.
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.
Current board members are:
Dr. Henrietta Campbell (Chair)
Appointed as Chair: 13/09/2013
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.
Jack MacGowan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of ARI, the travel retail subsidiary company of DAA, in 2011.
Before joining DAA, he worked with Tesco, first as Head of Marketing for Tesco Ireland and later as Non-Food Marketing Director in the UK.
His career included a number of senior marketing and general management positions at Diageo in the UK, USA, Russia and Greece.
Jack MacGowan holds Engineering Degrees from Trinity College Dublin, Cambridge University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Peter O’Neill was appointed Managing Director of IBM Ireland. He joined IBM in 1981 and held leadership positions in sales, finance and general management in Europe and America. Prior to joining IBM he worked for five years in Diageo Ireland.
He is a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce and sits on the National Council of IBEC. He has previously served as a Board Member of the Irish Research Council and of the Board of the Dublin City University Trust. He holds a degree in Economics from UCD and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Joe Quinn is Managing Director of Resources Global Professionals (formerly Deloitte) which is an international consulting and corporate advisory firm dealing with Finance, Governance, Risk, Compliance, IT, etc. He has an extensive background in financial management, governance and risk management.
Dr. Kevin Rafter
Kevin is currently a Senior Lecturer in political communication and journalism at Dublin City University. He is the former assistant editor and political editor of the Sunday Tribune and has worked for the Irish Times, Sunday Times, and RTE (Primetime, This Week, News at One, etc.). He has a long-term interest in development issues and has reported on programme work through visits to Tanzania and Malawi.