Irish Refugee Council welcome newly appointed CEO, Nick Henderson

Posted On: 19 October 2016

dsc_0033Media Statement, 19th October 2016

Irish Refugee Council appoints new chief executive

The Board of the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Nick Henderson to the position of CEO. Berni Smyth, Chairperson of the Board, stated, “We are very excited to have Nick as the new CEO of the IRC. Nick comes with a wealth of relevant expertise and experience. We are also very pleased with the timing of this appointment. Nick is joining our team as the IRC moves into a new phase of its work. He will play a pivotal role in our strategic planning process and in leading the organization into the future at this crucial time for refugees and asylum seekers both in Ireland and internationally”.

On his appointment Nick Henderson stated: “It is an honour and a privilege to have been chosen to lead the IRC. I look forward to meeting and working with all stakeholders to ensure that the rights of people who seek safety, in Ireland and Europe, are respected and protected. I am proud to be leading a dedicated and expert team as we roll out a new strategic plan. This plan will develop existing areas of work and begin to explore new and innovative approaches to current challenges. The voices, experiences and insight of people seeking protection will continue to be at the centre of our work”.

Prior to his appointment as CEO, Nick managed ‘Integrity at Work’, an initiative of Transparency International Ireland promoting supportive working environments for whistleblowers. Nick has also managed Amnesty International Ireland’s work on economic, social and cultural rights, was Legal Officer with the IRC Independent Law Centre from 2011-2014 and also worked with the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland on the criminalisation of forced labour. Prior to coming to Ireland he was a legal representative for people seeking asylum with the Refugee Legal Centre in London from 2004-2010, during which he took a sabbatical and was Legal Officer with Jesuit Refugee Service in Cambodia. Nick graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA and Brussels School of International Studies with an MA. Nick was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2015.




Caroline Reid, Communications Officer, 0858585510


Nick is available for interview

The IRC has its origins in a conference which took place in Dublin in 1988 entitled Refugees in Crisis. In 1992 the IRC was formally registered as a limited company and subsequently obtained charitable status. 24 years on the IRC continues to work with and for men, women and children who seek international protection in Ireland. We will strive to continue to work towards an inclusive and welcoming Ireland that offers a place of safety for people who are displaced from their own countries.