Board of Trustees | Depaulcharity

Board of Trustees | Depaulcharity

Depaul helps people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Board of Trustees

Depaul's voluntary Board of Trustees is made of people with a range of skills and expertise in the commercial and voluntary sectors and is committed to ensuring that Depaul is fully compliant with all relevant regulation and adopts best practice in managing services for the disadvantaged.


Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Depaul Board Members

JOHN MURPHY is Chair of the Depaul Board. John has over 40 years experience as a Civil Servant across six Government Departments, culminating in his appointment as Secretary General of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation from November 2011 to his retirement from the Civil Service at end September 2016. John has extensive experience of working at the most senior levels of Government on the development and implementation of public policy and has extensive experience of management of relations with a wide range of stakeholders in the public policy domain. He is a member of the Board of the Irish Management Institute and of the Institute of Directors. He has served as a member of the Board of the IDA (2015-2016), alongside various other board member positions throughout his career. John has an MSc (Econ) in Public Policy Studies from University of Dublin (Trinity College), a BA in History and Politics from UCD and a Diploma in Public Administration from the Institute of Public Administration, (IPA) Dublin. John is married to Anne and has three daughters.

PAUL STANLEY is the Chief Financial Officer of UIster Bank and he has been in that role since August 2013. Previously Paul was the Acting CFO for AIB and a member of AIB's Leadership Team from 2011. Paul has extensive banking experience and spent 3 years working in Poland.

PAUL WHITE is a law graduate from University College Dublin and is a partner in Irish firm A&L Goodbody where he specialises in corporate law. In addition to being a Trustee, Paul is Chair of the Nominations Committee and is also a member of the Fundraising & Communications Committee.

MICHAEL MURPHY was nominated as a trustee in September 2015 by National Management Council of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. Michael has been a member of SVdeP since 1980 and was Regional President Mid West Region from 2010-2015. Currently he is National Vice President with responsibility for Specialist Services including Hostels and Social Housing. Michael continues to be an active member of St Mary's Parish visitation conference in Limerick city. He retired in 2012 after 43 years in banking.

PADDIE BLANEY is now retired from her position as Director of All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC). She was previously a Nurse Consultant with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and prior to that Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC). Paddie has more than 35 years’ experience across the health and social care field. She began her career as a registered nurse working in a variety of clinical fields, later working as a Nursing Officer at the Department of Health and Social Services.NORA 

LARRY TUOMEY is Secretary of the Board and is a member of the world governing council of the Society of St Vincent de Paul and a Trustee of a number of Irish NGOs concerned with immigrants, community development and social justice. He is Hon. Treasurer of Depaul International. Larry sits on a number of Depaul Ireland sub-committees and chairs the Fundraising and Communications sub-committee.

MARY LEONARD is currently CEO and Executive Director of the Irish Credit Bureau and was non-executive Director prior to her appointment. Mary has over 20 years experience working in corporate finance with KPMG. She also has over 10 years experience working as an independent consultant in the film and tv sector. Mary previously served for five years on the board of Coillte and for five years on the board of Forbairt (now Enterprise Ireland).

JENNIFER LEE is an experienced Human Resources professional, most recently working with Amaris Hospitality DAC for three years as Chief People Officer, where she oversaw the People Strategy for a group of 89 hotels, with 8,000 employees. Prior to this she held the role of Human Resources Director for the Jurys Inn Hotel Group for five years and has over 25 years experience in strategic HR and project management in the hospitality industry. Jennifer is a graduate of University College Dublin (B Comm, MBS), and recently completed a Diploma in Organisation Change & Transformation. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, and has previously worked with the Depaul Services & Personnel sub-committee.

DAVID LANE is a graduate of University College Dublin and a Certified Insurance Director. He has 30 years experience in insurance and financial services. He was appointed Managing Director of Ecclesiastical Insurance Ireland in January 2012. He is a member of the Ireland Management Oversight Committie and several of the Ecclesiastical Group Management Boards. David's additional roles include Chairman of the Ecclesiastical UK Pension Trustee Board, Executive Chairman of Ansvar Insurance (UK) and CEO of the Baptist Insurance Company.

FR JOSEPH LOFTUS is a Vincentian Priest, originally from the Ballina, Co. Mayo. comes to Depaul having spent the last 25 years in China, working on the empowerment of grass roots actors in the emerging Chinese voluntary sector. While in China, aware of the limits of top down responses to social needs, his work concentrated on grass root approaches to empower local stakeholders; this included developing anti-stigma programmes with people living with HIV/AIDS and expanding the reach of rural charities fundraising by creative use of the Internet.

Previous involvement with the pastoral care of Travellers in Dublin, has given him an awareness of issues facing minorities in Irish society, an awareness augmented by his pastoral work since returning to Ireland in 2018. He is currently a member of the chaplaincy team at TU Dublin. A keen runner, he has participated in 10 Beijing Marathon fundraisers and had, even before Covid made it a cliché, discovered the therapeutic effects of sourdough bread baking.

Sr MARGARET O'DONOVAN is part of the Daughter’s of Charity and is from Cork. Sr Margaret trained as catechist in Mater Dei Institute which is now part of DCU and thought Religious education for nine years in Colaister Dhulaigh, Coolock. She also worked with a Vincentian Parish Team with the Travelling community for 10 years in the Dublin Diocese.

Sr. Margaret completed her parish ministry in Cork and Belfast over 14 years and served as a chaplain in Cloverhill prison for eight years and Shelton Abbey open prison for two years. When she retired she linked in with Depaul and did befriending work with two women. She has also volunteered in Depaul’s Little Britain Street service for over two years.

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