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.

Ciara ReynoldsNational 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

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: 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.

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.