The London Irish Centre (LIC) is the Irish Heart of London. It has been empowering and enriching lives through community and culture for over 60 years and has ambitious plans to redevelop its Camden base as a world-class Irish community and cultural centre.  As part of this ambition the London Irish Centre is proud to announce that Rosaleen Blair CBE will become the Chair of the Trustee Board.  Rosaleen is the founder and Chair of Alexander Mann Solutions, the leading global provider of talent acquisition and management services.   

The London Irish Centre is a wonderful Centre and charity, the heartbeat of the Irish in London and open to all communities.  I feel extraordinarily privileged to be part of the next stage of the London Irish Centre’s journey.

Rosaleen Blair CBE

 She will take over from Mike O’Connor CBE who has been interim Chair and will remain on the Board of Trustees.   Also joining alongside Rosaleen in the New Year will be Dame Maura McGowan, a High Court Judge and Chair of the Bar Council of England and Wales in 2013 – only the second woman Chair.   

I first visited the LIC in the 1980’s when my aunt was made Leitrim Personality of the Year. It’s taken a long time but I’m delighted to be back and involved in the wonderful ambitious plans for the new Centre. We have so much to look back on but now we are looking forward to a marvellous future working with and helping the whole community.

Dame Maura McGowan

The LIC Board has also been strengthened this year by three new Trustees: Patrick Doherty, a Partner at Deloitte UK; Anne McLoughlin who has helped build the largest rural housing provider in the UK and Michael Roddy, Managing Director of the AIM listed building materials company SigmaRoc Plc.  

As the LIC plans its ambitious redevelopment it will also be recruiting a new Chief Executive in 2020.  The current Chief Executive, Sean Kennedy, will remain closely involved in the Charity in a voluntary capacity, leading on the redevelopment of the Centre.     

This is a hugely exciting project to create a London Irish Centre which will continue to look after the most vulnerable, promote Irish culture and heritage, serve the local communities and celebrate the enormous contribution and story of the Irish in London. I am looking forward to being actively involved throughout. 

Sean Kennedy