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New boss takes helm at Goal after CEO steps down

Cathal McMahon

Published 19/10/2016 | 02:30

Celine Fitzgerald: ‘It is critical to sort out issues facing Goal’
Celine Fitzgerald: ‘It is critical to sort out issues facing Goal’

Embattled charity Goal has appointed Celine Fitzgerald as its general manager following the resignation of CEO Barry Andrews.

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Ms Fitzgerald, who comes into the interim position having served at CEO and board level across several multinational, state and charity bodies, will begin her new role on November 1.

She takes over after Mr Andrews stood down last week following a US-led investigation into the charity's multimillion-euro Syria operation.

The new general manager has been described as an expert in "change management".

The charity said she will oversee a period of transition within the organisation over the next 12 months.

Ms Fitzgerald has previously worked in management roles in the private sector including working for Eircell, Vodafone and outsourcing business, Rigney Dolphin, where she acted as chief executive officer from 2007 to 2012.

She is currently on the boards of both the VHI and Irish Water's parent company Ervia.

She was also a former director of Organisational Development at Trócaire, and a former Board member of Nurture Africa - a charity providing health services in Uganda.

As a result of the aid investigation carried out by the US Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the Department of Foreign Affairs withheld €10.1m funding from Goal pending the results of the inquiry.

Goal is also implementing an action plan, which is based on a consultant's report, which was commissioned in response to the ongoing investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of USAID (OIG) into alleged supply chain irregularities relating to US-sponsored humanitarian aid programmes in Syria.

Ms Fitzgerald said: "It is critical that we sort out the issues facing Goal during my one year tenure, and ensure that the people on the front line, whether in head office or in the field, can get back to doing what they do best."

Irish Independent

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