Justice Group

The VIP justice group is made up of representatives from our member organisations and from our associates.  
Marlene Burt  – AIC Marlene Burt spent all her teaching career in Church schools and was Deputy Head of three Catholic Schools, including two mixed comprehensives in East London. She now works for the Tribunal Service, hearing Disability Living Allowance appeals. In her spare time she enjoys doing voluntary work with homeless people and until recently was on the International Executive Board of AIC (the International Association of Charities).  She continues to be an active member of AIC in the UK, while enjoying maintaining contact with other members from all over the world, and still frequently does translations for the international organisation.   Recently she had the privilege of attending an international Vincentian course in Paris which stressed the importance of collaboration between the various branches of the Vincentian Family. In addition Marlene is a Governor of a Catholic Sixth Form College in Lewisham. She is very involved in her local church, and is, amongst other things, a Reader, Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Parish Council. She loves singing, and is a member of her Church choir and also the Rock Choir.  
Sr Margaret Brady DC – Daughters of Charity  
Rose Hickman – The Passage
Rose Hickman represents The Passage for the VIP Justice Group. She studied History of Art at the University of Sussex and worked in book publishing for several years, but had long held a desire to work with homeless people. After volunteering for the charities Oasis Trust and Crisis Skylight, she became a Project Worker at The Passage Day Centre in 2009, working with rough sleepers in Westminster, London. Her other interests include creative writing, arts and crafts, learning piano, and her church (St Peter’s, Battersea, which serves a deprived estate near Clapham Junction). She sees her faith as central to her work and the Justice Group as a valuable forum for raising awareness of, and campaigning for, social issues that affect homeless people.
 
Paul Nicolson – Taxpayers against Poverty (TAP)
Paul Nicolson began his working life in 1955 importing, marketing and distributing wines and spirits. He was marketing director of H.Parrot & Co, agents for Veuve Cliquot Champagne, from 1960. In 1966 he attended Cuddesdon Theological College and was ordained into the Church of England as a Minister in Secular Employment in 1967. As a curate he took a Diploma in Personnel Management and in 1968 was employed by ICI Central Personnel Department as a Personnel Officer responsible to the Manager who negotiated with the Trades Unions. He left ICI in 1972 and became the Founding General Secretary of the Confederation of Employee Organisations engaged in opposition to the Closed Shop. In 1982 he joined the Hambleden Valley Group of Churches as a Parish Priest. The harsh treatment of his poorest parishioners, who could not afford the Poll Tax, led to the foundation of the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust to provide practical, legal and emotional support to impoverished debtors tangled in the welfare system, of which he has been chairman since 1997.
 
 Kathy Mahon – Housing Justice
 
Skelton-Fr-Beresford1Fr 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 was based at parishes in Newcastle until 1982 and from then until 1987 was Parish Priest of Cresswell, Ellington and Lynemouth. He is currently Parish Priest of St. Mary Magdalene’s, Sunderland, and Priest in Charge of The Church of the Good Shepherd, Ford Estate, Sunderland.
 
Mr Raymond Daley SVPRaymond 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.


 
Mr Joe MacEachen – SSVPJoe 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.