Kilkenny man to be next Vincent de Paul president

Kilkenny man Geoff Meagher has been elected as the new national president of the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Ireland, and his three-year term will begin next month.

Kilkenny man Geoff Meagher has been elected as the new national president of the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Ireland, and his three-year term will begin next month.

A native of Windgap, Mr Meagher has been an active member of the SVP for over 30 years.

In outlining his vision for the SVP in the coming years Mr Meagher said: “Visitation is at the core of the SVP work and is the strength of volunteer membership. The range of issues and complexity of problems, including large debts that our volunteers face, has increased significantly due to the economic downturn. In many cases we do not have the resources or expertise to help solve many of these issues for people who come to us for support. However, we can bring hope and guide people to the appropriate agencies and advice centres to find a way forward. And in some instances we may play a part in the final solution.”

He said that “recruiting volunteers with a mix of talents, gender and age and providing them with encouragement and relevant training will be a key aim for me during the next three years.”

He first joined the St Canice’s Visitation Conference in Kilkenny and has served as both secretary and president of the conference. He is also currently the SVP national treasurer, a member of the National Board and on the Ormond Regional Board and Council.

In addition to his depth of knowledge and experience in helping those in need, Mr Meagher also brings a wealth of senior management experience to his new role. In 2009 he retired as group finance director/ deputy managing director of Glanbia PLC on reaching the normal retirement age of the group and now has his own consultancy specialising in business mentoring. He is an accountant by profession and began his working career with PriceWaterhouse Coopers in Kilkenny. He is a board member and former President of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland.

As well as his involvement with SVP he is chairman of St Canice’s Homes for the Elderly Association and chairman of the Ossory Diococean Finance Committee. To relax he lists GAA, and golf among his hobbies.