GOAL is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne O’Leary as the new Chairperson of the organisation’s Board of Directors.
The current Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Ireland, Ms O’Leary will take over from outgoing chairperson, Pat O’Mahony, who will step down after almost four years in the position. As with all GOAL’s Board positions, the role of Chairperson is undertaken in a voluntary capacity.
Anne O’Leary was appointed CEO of Vodafone Ireland in February, 2013. Ms O’Leary joined Vodafone from BT Ireland, where she was Managing Director for six years and was previously Regional Director with Esat Telecom. She was recently re-elected to the Board of Dublin Chamber of Commerce. A Cork native, she also serves on the Board of Cork University Foundation. Ms O’Leary is an active Board member of the Vodafone Ireland Foundation, which has been running in Ireland since 2003 and has so far given in excess of €8m to the charitable sector.
GOAL CEO, Barry Andrews said: “On behalf of everyone at GOAL, I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new chairperson, Anne O’Leary. Anne is joining GOAL at a time of significant growth and evolution for the organisation. Close to 4,000 staff currently help GOAL deliver essential aid across 19 countries. We are extremely fortunate that someone of Anne’s calibre and experience has agreed to undertake this crucial role, as we seek to further expand the scale and impact of our work to deliver maximum benefit to the people who need it most.”
“With the organisation having identified the value and role of the private sector as key to supporting future humanitarian interventions, and effecting long-term change, Anne’s appointment is especially appropriate,” Mr Andrews added.
“I would also like to thank and pay tribute to Pat O’Mahony for the dedicated service he afforded GOAL over the past four years. Pat has helped steer the organisation through a period of great transition that has seen GOAL expand in size and scale to a position where it is comprehensively and effectively responding to the needs of the poor across 19 countries, while gearing up to react to new global trends and patterns that will have an impact on the poorest and most vulnerable in the coming years.”
Ms O’Leary said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to take on this role at such a pivotal time for the charity as it evolves to meet the growing and varying demands on its services. I look forward to working with the Board and the entire GOAL team towards the achievement of their vision and commitment to the most vulnerable people in the world.”
Mr O’Mahony, who will remain on as a member of the GOAL Board, said: “Chairing the GOAL Board has been a source of great pride and I would like to sincerely thank my fellow directors, past and present, for their contributions, and for the dedication they have shown to their roles.
“The manner in which GOAL continues to respond to crises in Syria, South Sudan and West Africa is evidence of how much the organisation has evolved in recent years and I would like to pay a special tribute to the GOAL staff, who, despite the many challenges they face on a daily basis, continue to deliver aid in difficult and uncompromising environments. I also acknowledge the outstanding leadership roles played by CEO, Barry Andrews, and his committed senior management team over the past four years to bring the organisation to the position it finds itself in today.
“GOAL is extremely fortunate that a person of Anne O’Leary’s obvious ability and passion is taking on the role of chairperson. I look forward to working with her in the coming years as we aim to reach even more poor, vulnerable and marginalised people across the developing world.”