(Chairperson) Mrs Dee Mansi: Dee Mansi has been an educator for over 30 years, including experience as Headteacher, Governor and Inspector of Catholic and CofE schools. Prior to this, she worked in the Banking sector and owned a T.E.F.L company teaching English to overseas students. Dee is President of AIC UK, a Trustee of T.E.R.E , a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an alumni of The Windsor Leadership Trust and former Vice Chair of the Fitzdale Trust. She loves to travel, and together with husband Gino and son Liam they have explored widely beyond their Irish/Italian roots. Dee is an avid reader, enjoys films, being a beekeeper and working for local and Vincentian charities at home and abroad.
Mr Joe MacEachen: Joe is an Area Librarian with Glasgow Life, a not for profit Charitable Trust which manages Libraries, Sports Centres and Theatres for Glasgow City Council. He has worked in Local Government for 37 years. He is married to Helen and lives in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. He has been a member of SSVP for 27 years both in the Diocese of Paisley and now the Diocese of Motherwell. Since June 2009 he has served the SSVP as Diocesan President in Motherwell Diocese. Outside of his charity work his main interests are ballroom dancing; cinema, reading and Glasgow Celtic.
Fr Noel Travers CM: Fr Noel was born in Dublin. He has spent most of his life in Britain, involved in education, parish work, ministry to deaf people and spiritual direction. Soon he will be an assistant priest in Mill Hill.
Fr Beresford Skelton CMP: Beresford was born in Yorkshire and learnt the faith at St Margaret’s Ilkley. He studied Theology at St Chad’s College, Durham and Chichester Theological College and was ordained Deacon in 1976 and Priest in 1977. He joined the Company of Mission Priests in 1976. He has served in parishes in Newcastle, Cresswell, Ellington & Lynemouth and is currently based in Sunderland.
Mr Andrew Hollingsworth: Andrew is a chartered accountant and has been involved in charities working with homeless people for many years. Since 1983 he has organised the finances and then the fund raising at The Passage, initially on a voluntary basis but now employed as Business Director. He was involved in setting up The Depaul Trust in 1989. He is currently a trustee and Treasurer of the Vincentian Volunteers and the Society of Friends of Westminster Cathedral.
Sr Kathleen Page: Sr Kathleen is a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul. She is a Pastoral Co-ordinator with Brothers of Charity Services, a Vincentian Organisation providing a wide range of services to people with a learning disability which responds to the choices, rights and dreams of each individual, assisting them to live life to the full as an equal and valued citizen in the community. Her work addresses areas of spirituality, values and vision, advocacy and volunteering. Kathleen represents the Brothers of Charity on the Spirituality group of the VIP.
Mr Raymond Daley: Raymond was born in Stretford across the railway line from Old Trafford. His Mum was a teacher and Dad a Police Officer but he lived in various places because of his Dad’s job, including Grange-over-Sands then Maghull where he went to St George’s Primary School. He attended Whitehaven Grammar School then De La Salle College of Education, Middleton, where he qualified as a teacher. He taught at St Joseph’s Mossley, in the early 1970s, where the Head was Tony Doyle, then Manchester CC President and a prison visitor to Strangeways.
This is when Raymond joined the SVP. Members (all men) met weekly after the 10.30am Sunday Mass, discussing who they had visited, who they were planning to visit plus how they could help with the odd parish event. There were no lady members in our Conference either.
After returning to Cumbria he taught in Workington, Whitehaven and Cockermouth including two terms as an Acting Deputy Head. He was also a School Governor and a member of the Whitehaven Teachers Centre Management Committee. As pressures mounted he decided to join the newly formed Special Needs Advisory Service at Whitehaven Education Office, joining a team working with children having Special Needs but in mainstream schools. In 1989 he applied for a secondment to qualify as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired in Edinburgh. His final 10 years in Education were spent in a Multi- Disciplinary Assessment and Support Team in Kendal.
With no SVP at St Mary’s Cleator, in 2006 he re-joined the Society in Kendal after retirement. He has served as Conference President, Lancaster DC President and is now Lancaster CC. having benefitted from the SVP Training Course.
Raymond has a B.A. Degree in Arts and Education from the Open University and Post Graduate Diplomas in Education (Advanced) from the Open University and in Professional Studies in Education (Visually Impaired Children) from Edinburgh University). He loves literature, history, philosophy and nature, spending as much time as he can exploring the great outdoors. He is a Life Member of the National Trust, Woodland Trust, English Heritage and the RSPB.
Raymond believes in treating people equally with courtesy and respect no matter who they are. Social Justice, fairness and decent living standards for all are very important to him. While respect is very important he believes it has to be earned. He believes in being pro-active and thinking outside the box, offering to do his best to ensure that people respect the Society, value its work with those in need and, above all, will want to be a part of it.