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 2016."
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 and audit roles, together with a keen interest in mentoring.
Patrick Litton, Treasurer, Depaul International
Patrick is a chartered accountant with over 25 years experience working in multinational companies around the world, principally Latin America and Turkey. He has worked in the educational and consumer publishing world for many years, specialising in finance, mainly in risk management, financial reporting and controls.
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 Unviersity, and became its Treasurer in 2009. He was elected National President of the Society (England and Wales) in 2012. A 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 12 community shops.
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 of the worldwide community of English-speaking Daughters of Charity for nine years. She is currently based in London, where she also serves on the client services committee of The Passage, our sister charity for homeless people.
Dame Louise Casey CB, independent trustee
Louise is Head of the Troubled Families programme, working on the Prime Minister's commitment to turn around the lives of 120,000 of the country's most troubled families by 2015. She has held a number of senior positions in government including being the first independent Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses, Head of the cross-government Respect Task Force, which worked to tackle anti-social behaviour, and Director of the Home Office's Anti-social Behaviour Unit. Louise was also Deputy Director of the Homelessness charity 'Shelter' in the 1990s before leading the government strategy to reduce the number of people sleeping rough which led to her establishing the Homelessness Directorate. She is also Chair elect of the Institute of Global Homelessness, a joint partnership between Depaul International and DePaul University, Chicago.
Patricia Jones CBE, independent trustee
Pat was Depaul International's Chief Operations Officer for two years until 2015, before leaving to pursue a research doctorate at the University of Durham. During her career other key roles have included: Director, Prisoners Education Trust; Deputy Director, CAFOD; Assistant General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales; Adviser and later Director of Adult Christian Education, Archdiocese of Liverpoool. She is also a Trustee for many other charities, including Christian Aid, Jubilee 2000, Responding to Conflict, African Prisons project, St Columba's House, and The Tablet.
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 the vulnerable child 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 Pat Murphy CM, PhD, nominee of Congregation of the Mission
J. Patrick Murphy is a Vincentian priest currently serving as Values Director (unpaid role) for Depaul International as well as being nominated by the Congregation of the Mission as its representative on the Depaul International Board of Trustees. He is Emeritus Professor of Public Service Management at DePaul University, Chicago.
Fr Vitaliy Novak CM, Subsidiary Perspective Trustee for Ukraine, Slovakia and France
Vitaliy is a Vincentian priest working in Ukraine for many years and has been involved with 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 in both Kharkiv and Odessa.
Sally Roe, independent trustee
Sally is a solicitor and partner in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP where she co-heads the public sector group and advises, among other things, on social infrastructure and low carbon energy projects in the UK and elsewhere. She also sits on the board of the Major Projects Association, a not for profit organisation, which exists to improve the initiation and delivery of major projects through the interaction of members from all sectors in sharing experience, knowledge and ideas.