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

National President: Geoff Meagher - appointed May 2012 (first appointed to NMC: June 2005)

Geoff Meagher is an active member of St Canice’s Visitation Conference, Kilkenny, for over thirty years where he has served as both Secretary and President. For over ten years he served as a Regional Trainer in Ormond Region and served on the Ormond Regional Board and Council.

At National level Geoff served on the National Board / National Management Council for the past ten years. He served as National Treasurer for five years where he progressed a number of national projects.  For the past three years he has served as National President and in May 2015 was re elected for a further two years.


National Vice President: Maire McMahon - appointed May 2012

Máire McMahon works as a Solicitor and is a Partner in a legal firm that employs five solicitors. She first joined her local visitation conference of the SVP in 2004, and has served in various positions within the Society, most recently as Area Secretary for her Area Council before being nominated to National Management Council and assuming the role of National Vice President with responsibility for governance in 2012 by the current National President Geoff Meagher.

Máire is also the Company Secretary to the Frederic Ozanam Trust, in which all the Society’s property is vested. Máire’s responsibilities include ensuring compliance with the Rule of the Society and that all governance issues are followed by the Trustees and the Society. 

National Vice President: Kieran Stafford - appointed May 2013 (first appointed to NMC: August 2007)

Kieran is a member of his conference of St Peter & Paul’s in Clonmel, Co Tipperary since 2001. He is married with two girls one of whom is President of her youth Conference in Mary Immaculate College Limerick. He was South East regional twinning officer before becoming Regional President in 2007 and was appointed National Vice President in May 2013.

In his current role he is responsible for home visitation, social justice, youth, training and twinning in the Society.
Kieran is partner in a small family business since returning from the UK in 1989. He is a keen sports fan and a passionate follower of Tipperary hurling & Arsenal football club. His interests include walking and golf.

geoff.jpgNational Treasurer: Frank Gernon

Frank Gernon is from Blackrock Co. Louth. He is married with 6 children and 3 grandchildren .He worked for the last 42 years for the listed fresh produce company Total Produce (Fyffes) where he was finance director for many years.

His involvement with the SVP comes from his wife Eileen, who was active in social justice and policy in the Society.

Now semi retired he accepted the nomination of Geoff Meagher in June 2015 to take the role of national treasurer to assist the society's accounting personnel and treasurers in managing it's finances in line with current best practice.


Regional President South West: Christy Lynch - appointed January 2015

Christy Lynch is a widower with 5 daughters and 8 grandchildren. He retired from The Kerryman newspaper after 40 years and he drove a taxi for 19 years with John Crean taxi firm in Tralee.

Christy joined St Pius Conference Tralee in 1974. He served as Conference President three times over a forty-year period. In 2006 Christy served as Vice-President for Tralee area until 2009. From 2009-2014 Christy served as President of Tralee area. In 2013, while serving as President, Christy established the SVP Tralee furniture shop, which was and still is a huge successful. Christy became the South-West Regional President in 2015.

Christy is a big fan of Manchester United, Kerry football and his local John Mitchell’s Club and is a member of Tralee Golf club.

geoff.jpgRegional President West: Michael McCann - appointed November 2015

Michael McCann was President of the Galway Area Council of the Society from 2012 until appointed West Regional President in November 2015 and has been a member of the Conference of the Resurrection, Headford Rd., Galway, since he joined the Society in 2007. He served for a number of years, before becoming Area President, as a member of St. Augustine’s Conference in Galway, the Conference charged with the disbursement of the legacy of the late Maureen O Connell.

As a former Secondary school Principal, he has a very keen interest in education and sees it as one of the most powerful tools in breaking the cycle of poverty and deprivation and changing peoples’ lives. For that reason he was particularly pleased, as a member of St. Augustine’s Conference, to help promote the funding of two educational initiatives aimed at improving the life chances of young people in Galway. These were the ‘Incredible Years Programme’ which was successfully completed with pre- school children in disadvantaged areas of Galway city and a Learning Mentor Initiative which was organised in a DEIS second level school in the city.

geoff.jpgRegional President Northern Ireland: Aidan Crawford - appointed September 2012

Aidan Crawford is originally from Rasharkin, Co Antrim and married with a grown up family now living in Ballymena. He had a career in business until his retirement a few years ago.

Aidan has been Regional President for 3 years in the Northern Region and has more than 20 years experience in the Society as a member of Blessed Virgin Conference, Ballymena and still regularly undertakes home visitation as a member to those requesting help.

He has provided leadership and strategic direction to the Northern Region of SVP since his presidency. In his spare time Aidan enjoys spending time with his family and his new grand-daughter.

geoff.jpgRegional President Mid West: John Lupton - appointed April 2015

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.


Regional President NorthEast & Midlands: Liam Reily - appointed May 2013

Liam Reilly joined SVP in 2005.  Three years later he was elected Dundalk Area President,  serving for 5 years, he represented 12 Conferences on the Regional Council.  In June 2013 Liam was elected as Regional President for the then North East region (Louth, Meath, Monaghan & Cavan).  Liam remained on as Regional President under the Society’s restructure and is now Regional President for the North East & Midlands region (Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Cavan, Longford & Westmeath)

Liam is also Post Primary Teacher of History & Business and is a Public Representative elected in 2009 & 2014.  The enthusiasm and dedication he brings to the role of Regional President is evident in the level of vibrancy, activity and progression in the North East & Midlands Region.



Regional President NorthWest: CURRENTLY VACANT


Regional President South East: CURRENTLY VACANT

Regional President East: Liam Casey - appointed July 2015

Liam joined the Society in the late 70s as a member of St. Marys Conference, Sandyford, Dublin 16. Subsequently he was one of the founder members of The Ascension Conference, Balally, Dublin 16. As a member of The Ascension Conference Liam served as Conference Secretary, Treasurer and President on different occasions over the years.

In 2011 Liam served as Area President of Rathdown Area Council. He became a Board member of the old Dublin Region in 2013.

In 2015 he became Regional President of the East Region covering Wicklow, Kildare and Dublin.

Spiritual Advisor: Fr Eamon Devlin - appointed February 2012

Eamon Devlin is a priest of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) He studied at the University College of Maynooth, Ireland where he obtained an honours BA in English and French and a BD in theology before his ordination in 1987.

He then taught at Castleknock College, Dublin for twelve years before joining the mission team. He was stationed in Dublin and worked extensively with the homeless and other marginalised groups. He served on the Provincial Council for 5 years and became Provincial in 2012.