Message from Declan Duggan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
I have been involved with the Irish Blue Cross since 1993. I became a volunteer to help set up a financial management reporting structure. As I love animals and always have either dogs or cats in my home, this added to my enthusiasm and commitment to stay. The Charity did not have many full-time paid staff at the time and mostly relied on volunteers to help run the organisation. My business background as a Management Accountant with Irish Press Newspapers then as a Manager of a Credit Union, enabled me to bring my experience, skills and knowledge to my work for the Charity. I went on to become a Trustee and have held a number of positions. I’ve been a member of the Management Committee, the Treasurer, and have served on the Remuneration Committee.
In December 2016 the Trustees elected me their Chairman. I am honoured to hold this position at a time when the Charity has expanded its services and has such a dedicated professional staff both in small-animal welfare and the horse-racing ambulance. It is a privilege to work alongside my fellow Trustees, who are wholly committed to the same cause, and provide diverse expertise to the Charity. I look forward to the rest of my time as Chairman. My aim is to see the Irish Blue Cross continue to grow its positive impact on animal lives and welfare.
Our Board of Trustees
Gerry O’Sullivan is a retired assurance industry professional who has played a leading role at The Irish Blue Cross throughout his life. Gerry has overseen many developments as Chairman of The Board of Trustee between 2000 and 2015 and was Chairman of The Management Committee from his early years. He will retire from The Irish Blue Cross at the end of 2018 after many years of dedicated and tireless work.
Zair Berry is a Chartered Accountant based in London. He has been an Irish Blue Cross Trustee since April 2004, a Trustee and former Chairman of Blue Cross in the UK from 2010 to 2015. Zair has brought a broad range of financial, governance and charity sector skills to The Irish Blue Cross during the last decade of its developments in particular.
John Costello is a retired veterinary surgeon and owner of Animark, a government approved microchipping database. John has been involved with The Irish Blue Cross from when he provided veterinary services at the mobile clinics in 1966 to taking up a position as Trustee on The Board in May 2006.
Robert Moynihan is a qualified Chartered Accountant specialising in providing governance, risk management and compliance advice to the Irish credit union sector. He joined the Board of The Irish Blue Cross in April 2015. He led the development of the charity’s current strategic plan and is the Data Protection officer as defined in the 2018 General Data Protection Regulations. He brings expertise in finance, governance & data protection compliance to the Board of Trustees.
Gary O’Sullivan is Senior Legal Counsel at Muller UK and Ireland, and is based in Wolverhampton, UK. He joined the Board of The Irish Blue Cross in June 2014 with much knowledge of the charity from his early years. He is a grandson of a founding member, Leo Campbell and son of Gerry O’Sullivan.
Henrietta Roper Curzon is a PR and media specialist based in Guernsey. She is currently relaunching the interior design company, Timney Fowler. Henrietta has been an Irish Blue Cross Trustee since 2014 and is a Trustee of Blue Cross, UK. She has strong Blue Cross roots as her mother was a member of both the Irish and English Blue Cross.
Stephen Swift is a retired commercial professional and was previously the Chief Executive of Blue Cross UK in 2014 and Commercial Director of the National Trust. He has been an Irish Blue Cross Trustee since June 2014 and is a Trustee of Blue Cross, UK and HF Holidays. As well as dogs and cats Stephen has a particular interest and love of llamas and alpacas and keeps a number of them at his countryside home in Worcestershire, UK.