Our Patron and Trustees | Depaulcharity

Depaul helps people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Our Patron and Trustees

Her Grace, The Duchess of Norfolk - Patron, Depaul International 

Her Grace first became a Trustee of Depaul International in 2006, a role she held until 2010 when she became Patron. Over the years she has made many trips in a private capacity to Depaul's projects in Slovakia and Ukraine and to our services in other countries. She is a strong advocate of Depaul's work and continues to fundraise for all the charities in the Depaul Group, including holding events such as abseiling down the Bakehouse Tower of Arundel Castle and hosting private dinners in support of Depaul's work.

"I'm proud to be Patron of Depaul International and having visited projects in each of the countries where Depaul works I've seen at first hand the vital difference Depaul's activities can make to the lives of people who are homeless.  I am committed to their work to help change the lives of individuals who are often excluded and ignored by society.  I wish the charity continued success in this aim."

John Darley - Chair of Trustees, Depaul International 

John has served as Chair of Depaul International since 2009.  He spent his working life with Shell International, and post-retirement he has held various trustee roles and volunteer positions in several voluntary sector organisations in the UK in the areas of criminal rehabilitation, homelessness, and international aid.  He brings strong business management skills, with a good understanding of governance roles, together with a keen interest in mentoring.

Patrick Litton, Treasurer, Depaul International

Patrick is a chartered accountant with over 30 years of experience working in multinational companies around the world, principally Latin America and Turkey. He has worked in several industry sectors over the years, including mining, telecoms, educational and consumer publishing.  His main areas of expertise are in risk management, financial reporting and controls. He is currently the Finance Director of a not-for-profit Christian publisher.

Sr Margaret Barrett DC, nominee of the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul

Involved with the founding of Depaul as a charity in 1989, Sr Margaret's links continue on the Depaul International board of trustees. Previously Sr Margaret has been Provincial of the Daughters of Charity in the UK, and was General Councillor and Assistant General of the worldwide community of English-speaking Daughters of Charity for twelve years. Currently, she is Director of Daughters of Charity Services and also serves on the client services committee of The Passage, our sister charity for homeless people.

Heidi Kruitwagen, independent trustee

Heidi is a finance professional working over the past twenty years in a broad spectrum of roles in the European investment sector both as an investment banker and wealth manager. In a recent career break, she has worked for a Ugandan charity which focuses on vulnerable children in poor urban markets by supporting their mothers to provide healthcare and education, to empower the children to become pillars of change within the community.

Fr Vitaliy Novak CM, Subsidiary Perspective Trustee for Ukraine, Slovakia, Croatia and France 

Fr Vitaliy is a Vincentian priest who has worked in Ukraine for many years and has been involved with the delivery of Depaul Ukraine's services since they were first set up in 2007, acting as both its Director of Services, alongside managing his parish, and now in a governance role as its Chair of Trustees. Under his guidance, the number of services has increased steadily across the country including in its three largest cities Kharkiv, Kiev and Odessa.

Adrian Abel, nominee of the Society of St Vincent de Paul

Adrian first joined the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) in 1965 while a student at Leeds University, becoming its Treasurer in 2009, then serving as National President for England and Wales from 2012 until 2017.  A colour chemist by profession, he has also served on the boards of a number of other charities, as well as maintaining links to various SVP initiatives, including their West Yorkshire Community Support Project, which includes two furniture stores, an advice centre specialising in housing issues, and 15 community shops.

Fr Aidan R. Rooney, CM, nominee of Congregation of the Mission

Fr Rooney is a Vincentian priest, currently working as Vice-President for Mission Integration at Niagara University, a Vincentian institution of higher education in Lewiston, New York, USA. Prior to that, from 2009 to 2017, he was superior of the international mission of the Congregation of the Mission in the Roman Catholic diocese of El Alto, Bolivia. He is the former international director of the .famvin Digital Network - the principal web communications network of the Vincentian Family and continues as its financial manager. He also serves in coordinating the mapping project of the FamVin Homeless Alliance.

John Murphy, Chair of Trustees, Depaul Ireland 

John Murphy is Chair of the Depaul Ireland 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.



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