The Asthma Society of Ireland has appointed Averil Power as its new CEO, effective immediately.
Averil is a former Senator, government adviser and President of Trinity College Dublin Students Union. She has a Degree in Business, including non-profit management, from Trinity College Dublin and a Diploma in Law from the Kings Inns.
Announcing the appointment, Asthma Society Chairman Oliver Carroll said:
The Asthma Society is delighted to welcome Averil Power as our new CEO. Averil is a respected advocate and award-winning campaigner. She has a proven ability to influence public policy and secure social change. She also has a strong understanding of the charity sector and a deep personal commitment to the work of the Asthma Society. I look forward to working with her to secure better services for people with asthma.
Averil Power said, “I am honoured to be joining the dynamic and committed team at the Asthma Society. As an asthmatic myself, I know how important the Society’s work is. I was hospitalised several times as a student due to ineffective management of my condition and the prohibitively high cost of preventative medication. While I now have my asthma under control, I remember how frightening those attacks were and I think it is shocking that over fifty people die every year in Ireland from preventable asthma attacks. The Asthma Society is working hard to change this through its health promotion, advocacy and research programmes and its Adviceline. I look forward to working with the ASI team to strengthen these programmes and ensure everyone with asthma can live full lives, symptom-free.”
For more information please contact Kevin Kelly, Advocacy & Communications Manager at the Asthma Society of Ireland on 0858520912 or Averil Power on 086 7277770