Board of Directors
Peter McVerry Trust’s Board of Directors at the May 2022 AGM was as below.
- Peter McVerry SJ – Founder and Secretary
- Allison Coughlan – (Appointed June 2022)
- Gilbert Little – (Appointed June 2022)
- Patricia Bourke (Re-appointed June 2022)
- Denis O’Leary (Re-appointed June 2022)
- Deirdre Ann-Barr (Appointed September 2020)
- Audrey Byrne (Appointed May 2017)
- Richard Lavelle (Re-appointed January 2017)
- Terry McCabe (Appointed May 2019)
- Ciara O’Sullivan (Appointed January 2018)
CEO and Senior Management
Pat Doyle, Chief Executive Officer
Pat Doyle was appointed CEO of Peter McVerry Trust in late 2005.
Pat has a Higher Diploma and a Master’s in Education and has over 30 years’ experience in the community and voluntary sector. During this time, Pat has worked in the area of social inclusion, managing a range of initiatives, projects and organisations that work with marginalised young people at risk of homelessness and addiction and those within residential care settings and criminal justice institutions. This experience continues to underpin his work with Peter McVerry Trust, to promote inclusion and to open doors for people impacted by homelessness.
As CEO, Pat’s role is to lead on the strategic direction of Peter McVerry Trust, as agreed with the Board of Directors, and to oversee and manage all aspects of operations within the charity.
Pat is the current President of the Irish Council for Social Housing, the representative association for approved housing bodies in Ireland, of which Peter McVerry Trust is a member. This is Pat’s second term as President of the ICSH and will see him fulfill the role until 2024.
Pat also served as the Irish representative on the Administrative Council of FEANTSA, the European network of national homeless organisations, between June 2018 and spring 2020. He was also elected to the Executive Committee of FEANTSA in June 2018.
In 2019, Pat was awarded Excellence in Leadership in the Charity Institute Ireland Awards in recognition of his work in the homeless sector.
Pat is currently the Chair of the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) Kildare, where he was appointed by the Local Community Development Committee, of which he is a member.
Pat is also a member of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive’s Consultative Forum, the Mid East Regional Homelessness Forum and the Housing Strategic Policy Committees in Dublin and Kildare.
Pat is currently a member of Judicial Conduct Committee of the Judicial Council. Previously, he was appointed by the government to the Board of the Irish Courts Service, where he served two terms. Pat was also a member of the Courts Service Audit Committee. Pat was also a Ministerial appointee to the Board of CORU, the regulator for health and social care professionals.
In 2021, Pat was appointed to the new National Homeless Action Committee. This group was established to drive actions on homelessness and includes all of the key Government departments, agencies and voluntary organisations in the industry. Pat was also appointed to the Commission on Housing in 2021. The Commission will examine issues such as tenure, standards, sustainability and quality-of-life issues in the provision of housing, all of which have long-term impacts on communities. It will be the first of its kind in 21 years.
Brian Friel, Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Brian was appointed Deputy CEO in June 2019. Before this, he was National Director of Services from May 2015 having been Head of Services since 2008. Brian is responsible for delivering, through and with frontline managers, the best possible service to the individual. Central to this role is working closely with the CEO to ensure Peter McVerry Trust’s services are delivered in line with the ethos and values of the organisation. He has degrees in Philosophy and Psychology and 15 years’ experience of working in the Community and Voluntary sector.
Tanya Blyth, Director of Child and Family Services
Tanya was appointed Deputy Director of Services in November 2017, having been Head of Services since April 2015 and Deputy Head of Services since April 2013.
Tanya is responsible for supporting Brian Friel in his role to deliver services in line with the ethos of the Peter McVerry Trust.
Tanya has a degree in Social Science and a postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy and has been involved in the Community and Voluntary Sector since 1992 and has worked in Under 18s Residential Services since 1998.
Anne-Marie Connolly, Director of Fundraising
Anne-Marie was appointed Director of Fundraising in May 2015, having previously been Head of Fundraising and Communications. She joined Peter Mc Verry Trust in 2006 to develop the first fundraising and communications strategies for the organisation, and to significantly increase income levels through voluntary donations and fundraising activities. In June 2015, Anne-Marie completed the Law Society of Ireland’s Certificate in Charity Law, Trusteeship and Governance. Before joining Peter McVerry Trust she worked in fundraising and public relations in Northern Ireland. Anne-Marie has a degree from UCD in Social Science, and a Masters in Communications, Advertising and Public Relations from UUJ.
Francis Doherty, Director of Services with Responsibility for Housing Development and Communications
Francis has worked with Peter McVerry Trust since October 2012 when he originally joined as a Communications Officer. He subsequently progressed to Communications Manager and later, in 2016, was appointed Head of Communications. Along with this, Francis became Deputy Director of Housing in 2019. He leads on Peter McVerry Trust’s communications, advocacy and policy work as well as playing a key role in strategic partnerships and innovation across the organisation. He has previously worked abroad for global trade union federations and in European politics. He has a Masters in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Sussex (UK) and BA from Maynooth University.
Deirdre Rossiter, Director of Human Resources and Services
Deirdre was appointed Director of HR in February 2021 and reports to the CEO. She joined the organisation in 2007 and held many Frontline Management roles across a wide range of services before joining the Senior Management Team in 2015 as Deputy Head of Housing and Homelessness. In 2017 she was appointed Deputy Director of Housing and Homelessness, and in 2018 added HR to her brief. She previously worked for ten years in the Community and Voluntary sector and managed projects in the community with Blanchardstown Area Partnership. She represented BAP on many Boards of Management in the community, including Youth, Education, Traveller Support, and Community Enterprise.