Our Staff

Paul Southgate (Director) Paul comes to VIP from the Churches’ Regional Commission (CRC) where he has been Chief Officer since 2005. CRC is the ecumenical body for promoting social action by churches working together in north east England, and it is supported by all the Christian denominations. Paul chaired the North East Regional Faiths Network for its first five years and enjoys working with other faiths, reflecting his belief in the power of what we can do together rather than apart. He graduated in anthropology from Durham University and enjoyed his hobby as a paragliding pilot before his wife Donna put her foot down! Paul says: “Many people think the Government’s 2 big ideas are new: Big Society and Localism. They’re not. The Gospel calls for Compassionate Community, and I especially like John’s idea of Localism: “The Word was made flesh and came down to street level.” Now that’s the Vincentian spirit. Email: director@vip-gb.org

Pat Southern (Administrator) Before joining Vincentians in Partnership in 2012 Pat had worked as a volunteer administrator for Depaul UK.  She previously worked as an IT manager for an international hardware and software corporation. She is married with three grown up children and four grandsons. Pat likes to spend time with her family and her creative hobbies; making fascinators, proggy matting and learning to upholster.  Email: admin@vip-gb.org