Board of Directors
Peter McVerry Trust’s Board of Directors at the 31st December 2018 was as below.
- Rod Ensor – Chairperson (Re-appointed May 2018)
- Peter Birthistle – Treasurer (Re-appointed May 2018)
- Peter McVerry SJ – Founder and Secretary
- Patricia Bourke (Appointed June 2016)
- Audrey Byrne (Appointed May 2017)
- Ciara O’Sullivan (Appointed January 2018)
- Dr Philip Crowley (Re-appointed June 2016)
- Wenda Edwards (Re-appointed June 2016)
- Dick Lavelle (Re-appointed June 2016)
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 (2018-2020), the representative association for approved housing bodies in Ireland, of which Peter McVerry Trust is a member. Pat is also the Irish representative on the Administrative Council of FEANTSA, the European network of national homeless organisations. He was also elected to the Executive Committee of FEANTSA in June 2018.
Pat currently holds a number of active chairmanship positions, including chairman of the Irish Jesuit Refugee Service, the chair of the multi-agency working group on sex offenders (MAG), and the chair of the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) Kildare, where he was appointed by the Local Community Development Committee. Kildare and West Wicklow Drug and Alcohol Task Force
Pat is also a member of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive’s Consultative Forum, the Inter-Agency Group on Homelessness, and is a member of the Housing Strategic Policy Committees in Dublin and Kildare.
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.
Pat holds non-executive directorships in the following organisations; Balcurris Boys Home Ltd., Belvedere Social Services Ltd., and Tabor House Society Ltd. These organisations all provide residential care to children in the State care system.
Tanya Blyth – Deputy Director of Services with Responsibility for Under 18’s, Aftercare and Family Services
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, Head of Communications
Brian Friel – National Director of Services
Brian was appointed National Director of Services in 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.
Deirdre Rossiter – Deputy Director of Services with Responsibility Homeless and Housing Services and Human Resources