Operation Smile UK appoints Mairéad O’Callaghan as Executive Director

We are delighted to announce that Mairéad O’Callaghan has been appointed as the Executive Director of Operation Smile UK starting 1 July. She will succeed Karen Jaques as she moves into a new position of Senior Regional Vice President for Africa after five very successful years in the role of Chief Executive, OSUK.

Having joined the organisation in 2011 as Country Manager for Operation Smile Ireland, Mairéad has been the Head of Individual & Legacy Giving for Operation Smile UK since 2017, during which time she has been instrumental to the growth of the organisation. She has a strong reputation within the organisation and beyond and is deeply committed to our vision of a world where all people have access to health and dignity through safe surgery.

Throughout her career with Operation Smile, Mairéad has amplified the many voices of our organisation through her work in direct marketing, gaining the support of the British public to alleviate the suffering of children born with cleft conditions. We greatly look forward to the continued momentum Mairéad will bring to her new role as we develop our presence in the UK to support the incredible global work of Operation Smile.

Mairéad says ‘I’m immensely honoured to move into this role, and greatly look forward to working with the trustees, staff, and volunteers in the UK, and our colleagues and partners overseas as we continue to overcome inequalities in access to surgical care around the world. There is so much to do, and so much that we can and will do together for children born with cleft conditions.’

Chair of the Board Dr. Maria Moore says ‘It is with pleasure that we announce two key staff changes for Operation Smile UK and for the global organisation. Karen Jaques’ new role as Senior Regional Vice President for Africa will support the organisation as it prepares to consolidate its work on a regional basis. She leaves OSUK with an exceptional team in place to support our new Executive Director, Mairéad O’Callaghan who has led on our steady income growth with her. We wish them both well and look forward to further outstanding outcomes from them both.’