Trustees

The current trustees of the Society of St Vincent de Paul are

 

Rose McGowan

National President: Rose McGowan - appointed September 2020

Rose has been a member of the Society since her early school days, visiting the North inner city in Dublin where she continues to carry our her visitation today with her Conference. She has held a number of roles in the Society over the years from Conference President, Area President and was Regional President for the Dublin Region from 2005.

Rose was appointed National Twinning Coordinator in 2006 and became a member of the Commission for International Aid and Development in Paris having been appointed by the previous President General, a position she has been reappointed to by the current President General.

Rose McGowan

National Vice President: John Lupton - appointed October 2020

John Lupton is Regional President of the Mid West Region (i.e. Clare, Limerick, Offaly and Tipperary). Born (August 14th 1952) in Roscrea and a member of the town’s St. Cronan’s Conference since March 1983. Having been involved in various community empowerment initiatives over the years, he sees his role, as a Vincentian, as facilitating those isolated and marginalised, through need, back to their rightful place in their community of belonging.

A past pupil of Roscrea CBS and graduate of UCD, he is founding principal of the Accountancy firm, Lupton & Associates, and a Trust & Estate and Personal Insolvency Practitioner.

Ciara ReynoldsNational Vice President for Governance & The Rule: Currently being filled

 

Peter FitzpatrickNational Treasurer: Peter Fitzpatrick - appointed July 2017

Peter is a native of Belfast, where he lived until he graduated from Queen’s University. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England before moving to Dublin in 1980, where he has lived since then.

He is now retired and was previously a Partner in Coopers & Lybrand, Chartered Accountants ( now part of Price Waterouse Coopers) before embarking on a career in Financial Services. In the past, he has acted as a non executive director for a number of companies and served with Associations in a voluntary capacity.

Peter’s previous involvement with the Society was in the role of Independent Examiner for a number of years.
He is married with four children and seven grandchildren. 

Paddy O'Flynn

Regional President South West: Paddy O'Flynn - appointed February 2020

Paddy O’ Flynn is a native of West Cork and has been a volunteer with the Society since 2006. He is married to Ann and they have four children and eight grandchildren.  Ann is a Conference President and their daughter Mairead is a volunteer with the Society in Cork. Paddy has been a Conference President, Area President and most recently a Vice President of the South West Region.

Following graduation from UCC, Paddy spent his working life managing operations for multinational companies in the UK and Ireland in the food and drink industry. Paddy is particularly interested in all matters relating to social justice and is passionate about the role of education in the Society’s work. He is also very proud to have recently established a separate Conference in the region focused on   assisting asylum seekers in eleven direct provision centres. In his spare time, he is very interested in local history, he plays golf and loves gardening.

Michael McCannRegional President West: Maureen Mitchell - appointed November 2020

Maureen originally from Dublin was first introduction to the Vincent De Paul in the early 1970’s when she volunteered as a Youth Leader in
a club for teenage children on the northside of the city. They would have weekly gathering, playing table tennis, quiz nights etc. Every summer they took the children for a week's holiday to Kerdiffstown House.

When Maureen married in 1979 she moved out of the area, and was busy working and raising two children but always wanted to return to volunteering. In 2002 she moved back to Dunmore in Galway where her husband was born and in 2006 she joined St. Nicholas Conference. In 2009 she was appointed Treasurer and was re-elected in 2018 and still holds that post. In 2016  Maureen was elected as Area President in the Tuam Area. She was nominated by her Conference for Regional President in 2020 and took up the position on the 2nd November 2020.

Mary WaideRegional President Northern Ireland: Mary Waide - appointed July 2020

Mary, originally from Dungannon, has lived in Ballymena for 40 years. She is a retired teacher and has six children and is a grandmother of eight. She joined St Vincent de Paul 15 years ago and has vast experience in working with a range of Conferences and communities from village to town and rural. She is currently a member of her Parish Pastoral Council.
 
Mary is a Member of the Society’s National Safeguarding Committee and is Safeguarding Lead for the Northern Region. She is committed to ensuring that Safeguarding is highlighted in all areas of SVP’s work.
 
When she joined the Society, Mary experienced the warmth of the spirit of the Vincentian Family and as Regional President, Mary has a clear focus on the priorities around education, membership support, SVP shops, governance, quality visitation and social justice. She believes spirituality must be at the heart of meetings, visitations and the decisions made by SVP.
 

Teresa RyanRegional President Mid West: Teresa Ryan - appointed April 2020

Teresa is a native of Ballybay, Co. Monaghan and moved to Limerick to study where she met her husband Michael. Teresa has five adult children and three grandchildren. Teresa worked within the Intellectual disabilities sector in Limerick and spearheaded the development of advocacy and quality of care within those services.  She is one of the founder members of St. Ailbes SVP Conference where she was elected president.

Teresa took on the role of the first Area President when the East Limerick Area Conference was established. She believes that the responses of the St. Vincent De Paul Society must continue to be nuanced in line with the ever-changing needs of the less well off in our communities. Self help, personal training and education may well become an ever increasing focus of our organization, as vital ways of breaking the ever-widening circles of deprivation and poverty.

Larry Butler

Regional President NorthEast & Midlands: Larry Butler - appointed June 2018

Retired Customs Officer, married with a grown up family, Larry has been involved with various organisations since first joining Clones Civil Defence Casualty Service in 1981. In 1997 he joined Chernobyl Children International and served as a Group Leader, organising host families  taking children to Ireland for rest and recuperation and as a humanitarian aid co-ordinator, oganising and participating in convoys of aid to Belarus and Western Russia. He is also a member of the St. Joseph Young Priests Society. He joined the Sacred Heart Conference of Saint Vincent de Paul Society in Clones around 2002 as a volunteer, and served as Conference President before being appointed Area President  for Monaghan Area Council in 2010. His wish is to ensure to the best of his ability that the principles and aims of Blessed Frederic Ozanam are visible and to the fore 

 

Regional President NorthWest: Rosa Glacken - appointed January 2018

Rosa is a retired teacherand married with five sons. She joined the Society in 1996 in Ashbourne Co. Meath. Having later moved to  Letterkenny Rosa joined St. Eunans Conference.  

She served as Letterkenny Area President and took an active role in the region. 

She is  passionate about education accessibility and the plight of those in rural deprived areas. 

Regional President South East: Ben Doyle - appointed April 2017

Ben has been a member of SVP since 2010 beginning her volunteer role with the Visitation Conference in Barntown. She is also a member of the Hospital Visitation in Wexford and served as Wexford Area President for two and a half years.

Ben is also a member of the regional training team in the SouthEast. Ben is married for 35 years and has two children, Paul and Deirdre and three grandchildren. Her motto in life is “Live life to the max”.

Regional President East: Marie Cronin - appointed July 2020

Marie joined SVP in the late 80s.  She was the founding member of a number of Conferences in Dublin over the years, mainly in North Clondalkin, Neilstown, Ballyfermot and Cherryorchard.  Marie served as Area President in Dublin West County Area for two five year terms and for another five year term as Area President in Ballyfermot/Clondalkin Area.  She set up three SVP clothing shops in the Region prior to the introduction of the Shops Council.   

Recently Marie has been involved in setting up foodbanks in the area funded by the Dublin City Council. Marie is married to Bernard and has three adult children and five grandchildren. She was employed as a Senior Computer Programmer in the Civil Service for a number of years before spending twenty years working  in Sales and Marketing for Eason and Son. Her passion in life is to encourage the families SVP visits to remain in education by mentoring and expanding tuition assistance at second level so that third level education is open to everyone. "Education is the best way out of poverty" says Marie.

 

National Secretary: Andy Heffernan

Rose McGowanAppointed in July 2014

Andy Heffernan has been National Secretary for the Society for almost 7 years having been appointed in 2014. 

Andy had a long career in the Defence Forces and held numerous roles in Disability and Mental Health services.