The St Vincent de Paul Society (England & Wales) is a registered charity, number 1053992 and incorporated as a limited liability company, Company Number: 3174679. It is governed by its Articles of Association, supported by National Statutes, as well as following the Rule of the international Confederation of the St Vincent de Paul Society.
Aims & Activities
The objective of the Charity is the relief of poverty, both material and emotional in England & Wales and abroad through: the person to person involvement of its voluntary members engaged in befriending and through 'Special Works,' which are projects established to address specific needs in the local community.
The Articles of Association describe the Society’s objects, guarantees, powers and their limitation. They define “Membership” of the Company (i.e. National Council) and describe the governance processes, including how changes and decisions are made.
The National Statutes provide the framework for the governance and operation of the Society. Detailed management of the Society’s affairs are covered in relevant Policies and Procedures, which should be treated as a part of the Rule.
The first International Rule was introduced in 1835 and is regularly reviewed and updated by International Council General. Supported by the International Statutes, which include the requirements for National Councils to draft their own statutes, which Council General must approve.
The current Trustees are all members of the Society from around the country. They meet around six times a year and attend National Council meetings. The new Trustees (apart from the continuation Trustees), all took office in November 2017, when the new President’s term of office commenced and will serve until November 2022).
Helen O’Shea (Chair & National President, Westminster Central Council)
Michael Willcock (Senior Vice President, Tyne CC)
James Bellamy (Northampton CC)
Ian Kempsell (SW Lancs CC)
Sebastian Muir (Twinnage Organiser, from Northampton CC)
Christine Knight (National Treasurer, East Anglia CC)
Richard Palmi (Birmingham CC)
Vincent McAllister (Shrewsbury CC)
Mark Thompson (Manchester CC)
Dermot McGilloway (SVP Ireland)
Sue Roberts (Wrexham CC)
Continuation Trustees (to serve until May 2020)
Elaine Heyworth (from 18th March 2017, Brentwood CC)