From Dublin, Ms McGowan has been a member of the SVP from her school days.
Since her early days volunteering with the Society she has been a member of a visitation Conference (Branch) in North Inner City Dublin. She has also held many positions within the Society such as National Vice-President, Trustee and Dublin Regional President. She is National Twinning Coordinator in Ireland and a member of the SSVP Commission for International Aid and Development in Paris.
She lives in Castleknock with her husband Hugh and two adult children.
Following her election she said: "The Society of St Vincent de Paul in Ireland has faced many challenges over its 175 years in the country. But the current Covid-19 pandemic is probably one of the most difficult.
“Our primary concern in restructuring our services in light of Government restrictions and guidelines has been the health and safety of those we visit and support as well as our members, volunteers and staff.
“While home, hospital and prison visitations has been halted we continue to provide what support we can, through telephone, post and online to individuals and families who seek our help. This support will become even more necessary in the months ahead as the scale of the unemployment levels and difficulties of those in low paid sections of our economy become clear.
“Those who require our help can be assured that our volunteers and staff who can have worked tirelessly over the past few months in difficult situations will continue to provide support as quickly as possible and with the empathy that has been a hallmark of the work of SVP.”
Ms McGowan succeeds Kieran Stafford from Clonmel, Co.Tipperary whose three year term of office ended on 31st August.
In thanking Kieran Stafford for the work, passion and commitment he brought to this role during the last three years she said that he also deserves huge thanks for everything he has given and contributed to SVP over many years.