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Age Action announces appointment of new CEO

Published 09/10/2017


Age Action, Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people, has appointed Mr John Church as its new Chief Executive. Mr Church took up the role on Monday of last week.

Prior to joining Age Action Mr Church was CEO of Arthritis Ireland for 12 years where he successfully grew that organisation into a nationally recognised charity providing important services for people living with arthritis, as well as establishing world-class research centres in university medical schools.

Anna McCabe, Chairperson of the Board of Age Action, said: “In addition to his time with Arthritis Ireland John brings a wealth of commercial and management experience from the private sector having previously held senior roles within blue chip companies such as The Coca-Cola Company and the Bank of Ireland Group.

“John joins Age Action at a positive time in our development and is ideally positioned to help guide us through the next stages of our growth as we strive to provide depth to our current services and to introduce more supports for our ageing population.

“We wish him every success in his new role.”

Expanding Age Action

John Church

Commenting on his appointment Mr Church said: “I am delighted to join Age Action and to have the chance to be part of a fantastic team of staff, members and volunteers working together to make Ireland the best country in the world in which to grow old.

“Together we will expand the range of services Age Action provides to older people while also ensuring that their voice is clearly heard by policymakers working to make growing old in Ireland a positive and fulfilling experience. 

“I would like to pay tribute to the previous CEO, Mr Eamon Timmins, and to thank Chairperson Anna McCabe and the rest of the Board for this opportunity.”


Age Action Ireland to benefit from Gas Networks Ireland Survey

Age Action is to benefit from a Gas Networks Ireland initiative. Customers will recieve a txt message from Gas Networks in relation to recent gas meter installations requesting feedback on their experience. Every feedback received will see a €2 donation made to Age Action. There is no obligation to participate.


How It Works

If you've had your gas meter recently replaced by Gas Networks Ireland, you may receive a message from Marie Lyster, their Customer Experience Manager. This message is an invitation to share your feedback, but please remember, your participation is entirely voluntary. Here's what the message will look like:

Message from Gas Networks Ireland:

“You recently had your gas meter replaced by us. Please take a minute to tell us how you got on by clicking on the link below. Your feedback is important to us, helping us to improve our services. There is no obligation to participate, but should you choose to do so, on receipt of your response, we will donate €2 to Age Action Ireland.

Many thanks, Marie Lyster, Customer Experience Manager"


By providing feedback – only if you choose to – you'll be supporting Age Action Ireland. For every piece of feedback received, Gas Networks Ireland will donate €2 to our organisation. This contribution can support our efforts to improve the lives of older people in Ireland.

For more information about our work and other ways to get involved with Age Action, please click here