Irish in Britain CEO will leave the post in September
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Irish in Britain CEO will leave the post in September

THE HEAD of a national organisation representing the Irish community across Britain will leave the charity this autumn.

After more than six years in position as the Chief Executive of Irish in Britain, Jennie McShannon will leave the post in September.

The Belfast native, who has led the organisation - formerly known as the Federation of Irish Societies - through a period of transition since taking on the role in February 2009, is confident that it will continue to excel in its service to the community across Britain after she has gone.

“The board and staff team at Irish in Britain continue to demonstrate an outstanding commitment to serve the membership and the wider community,” Ms McShannon told The Irish Post today.

“Throughout my time at Irish in Britain I have been inspired by their ideas and energy to develop the different strands of work and I look forward to seeing these and new projects emerge and flourish in the future with the support of the new CEO,” she added.

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“Irish in Britain will always be best placed to take a leadership role as the voice of Irish civil society organisations in Britain as well as providing concrete practical support to members.

“I really hope that the community will continue to get involved, signing up their local Irish community groups and networks as full members or joining as individual members of Irish in Britain.”

Ms McShannon, a graduate of Queens University Belfast, who has worked within the third sector since 1996, will take on a new position at the NHS later this year.