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News from Our CEO

After over 12 years, our Co-Founder and CEO, Auveen Bell, will be stepping down from her role at the end of June.

The recruitment process for Blossom Ireland’s new CEO has gotten underway and is being managed by CCI; you can have a look at the role here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at

While we won’t be saying goodbye to Auveen just yet! In the meantime, we’d like to share her departure in her own words – read on for a message from Auveen:

After much thought and deliberation, I have decided that the time has come for me to hand over the reins of Blossom Ireland to a new CEO.

As you may know, Blossom Ireland started as an idea at my kitchen table almost 12 years ago. Over the last decade we have grown into a national organisation that supports young people with intellectual disabilities across the country, in a diverse range of settings including their schools, homes, disability day services and in community youth groups, ensuring they can live life to the fullest. We are delighted that our work has been recognised through several awards, the most recent of these being from AONTAS for Mitigating against Educational Disadvantage during Covid 19. We have also recently been put forward as an exemplar of best practice for two European-wide awards and have been invited to share our learnings and model of delivery with a delegation from Germany.

All of this has been made possible thanks to the innovation, commitment and passion of the incredible team who work at Blossom Ireland, along with the support of our wonderful donors, partners and volunteers. While I take great pride and satisfaction in having had the privilege to be involved in creating and leading the organisation to where it is today, I know the time is right to make way for new leadership and new energy, which can take Blossom to the next level of impact and development.

I will remain on as CEO until the end of June so I won’t say goodbye just yet! The Board of Directors are actively seeking a new CEO to take on what I believe to be a really exciting role for the right candidate – please spread the word to anyone who you believe has the skills and passion to take Blossom forward over the coming years.

Kind Regards,

Auveen Bell

CEO & Co-Founder

Blossom Ireland