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ISPCA appoint Chief Executive Officer

20th May 2022

The ISPCA’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Cyril Sullivan as their new Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.

Cyril comes with a wealth of experience, holding many senior roles, delivering operational excellence, governance and strategic change.  There is no doubt that Cyril will lead the ISPCA, supported by his strong management team to refresh, execute and deliver on our strategic ambition.    With over 25 years’ experience as a senior professional in the charity and public sectors in Ireland, Cyril is joining the ISPCA from his position as Director/ Chief Officer with ECC Ireland where he led the organisation through the busiest 2-year period in its history given COVID-19’s impact on economies across Europe. His other senior management positions have been with organisations such the Institute of Public Administration (IPA), the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), the National Roads Authority (NRA) and as a C&AG auditor in the Department of Agriculture.

With his management, governance and finance background, Cyril has been nominated by Government Ministers to State boards and Committees including those associated with the Department of Health and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and the Citizens Information Board.  Cyril recently finished his second term as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of An Garda Síochána.

As well as being a qualified accountant (FCCA, ACMA), Cyril has a B.Sc in Computer Science (TCD), an M (Econ) Sc in Policy Studies (TCD), an MBA (Smurfit Business School, UCD) and a Doctorate in Governance (Queens University, Belfast).  Cyril was born and raised on a dairy farm in Co. Louth.

Cyril said:  "I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the organisation as the new CEO. I know the charity has ambitious goals and I look forward to playing my part in making this happen ensuring that the ISPCA will continue to deliver on our purpose, to prevent cruelty to animals, promote animal welfare and to proactively relieve animal suffering in Ireland". 

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