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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. 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. Longer-serving members may serve a maximum of three terms. 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.

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.

The Board appoints the Chief Executive and sets pay rates for the CE and senior staff. 

ROI Memo & Articles

NI Memo & Articles

Current board members are:


Dr. Henrietta Campbell (Chair)

Appointed 09/02/2006

Dr Campbell, our newly appointed chair, 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

Appointed 13/09/2013

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.


Robin Masefield
Appointed 14/02/2014
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).

Peter O’Neill

Appointed 21/09/2012

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

Appointed 12/04/2012

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

Appointed 12/04/2012

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. 


Maria McCann
Appointed April 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 20th February 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.