ISPCC appoints John Church as new chief executive

Current Age Action chief executive to take up new role in August

John Church: previously of Age Action and Arthritis Ireland

John Church: previously of Age Action and Arthritis Ireland


The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) has appointed John Church as chief executive of the charity.

Grainia Long left the position in May to take up the role of Commissioner for Resilience at Belfast City Council.

Mr Church is the current chief executive of Age Action, and previously worked as the head of Arthritis Ireland. He also previously worked in senior positions with Coca-Cola and Bank of Ireland.

He will take up the role as chief executive of the national child protection charity in August.

Mr Church said he was “thrilled” to take up the job in a statement. “The organisation is held in high regard for its work in seeking to achieve its mission to make the protection of children everyone’s priority,” he said.

The ISPCC has been running Childline, a phone line counselling service for children and young people, for the last 30 years.

Commenting on the appointment ISPCC chair Turlough Galvin said Mr Church brings “experience of having worked in senior roles within both the charitable and commercial sectors” to the charity.

“I have no doubt that he will put these skills to excellent use in his new role,” he said.