Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), is an international development organisation operating globally. VSO Ireland is constituted as an independent entity. It is a company limited by guarantee registered in Ireland and an Irish registered charity.
The Board’s role is to govern the work of VSO Ireland in fulfilment of its constitution and values and to safeguard its resources. It has the following members:
Stephen Pidgeon (Chair)
Stephen is a member of VSO’s International Board of Trustees. He is also a fellow and a former trustee of the Institute of Fundraising in the UK. He was chairman and founder of marketing agency Tangible Response, previously Target Direct, and is the co-founder of a world-wide training consultancy, teaching certificate and diploma courses to fundraisers in UK and across Europe. He is a visiting Professor of Direct Response Fundraising at Plymouth University, a regular speaker at international fundraising conferences, and writes regularly for the sector press in UK and abroad.
Dr Tom Collins
Tom is a retired actuary who began his career in Irish Life in 1968 after graduating in Mathematical Science from UCD. While in Irish Life he qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and also completed a Ph.D. in Statistics with TCD. He moved to Bank of Ireland Life in 1988 and was subsequently appointed to the Board of Directors. He held the positions of Chief Actuary, Company Secretary and Operations Director. On retirement in 2006 he completed a Masters in International Relations in DCU and then worked in Africa as a VSO volunteer where he was Institutional Development Advisor to a local council in Cameroon and was Financial Management Advisor to three local councils in Zambia.
Christine has worked in the charity sector since 2004 in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Christine worked with Depaul, a homeless charity, for 10 years, working both in Depaul’s homeless services and then as Director of Fundraising and Communications. Christine left Depaul in 2016 to study for a PhD. Christine has also been a Board member with IPRT since 2009.