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

SVP trusteesNational President: Kieran Stafford - appointed May 2017 (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 & 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.


National Vice President for Members: Rose McGowan - appointed June 2017

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.

National Vice President for Governance & The Rule: Ciara Reynolds - appointed July 2017

Ciara Reynolds joined the SVP in 2008 as a member of the Holy Family Conference in Clonmel in Co. Tipperary which she was involved with visitations and fundraising efforts.

Ciara also spent a year as Secretary to the Sacred Heart Conference in Dublin 2. She currently resides in Meath and is a member of the Holy Cross Conference in North Meath

National 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.

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.

Frank McClureRegional President Northern Ireland: Mary Waide - appointed July 2020


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: 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.