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Suzanne McCarthy, Chair of Council of Trustees, Depaul UK

In her executive career, Suzanne has served as the UK’s Immigration Services Commissioner and as Chief Executive of both the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

During her Whitehall career, she worked in the Home Office, where she was Private Secretary to the Home Secretary and at HM Treasury. Before entering the public sector, Suzanne worked as a solicitor in private practice and was a lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester.

Currently she chairs the General Chiropractic Council and the Code of Standards Committee of the Institute of Fundraising.

She is also a member of several boards including of the University of London, the Advertising Standards Authority, the Senet Group, the Human Tissue Authority and the new Fundraising Regulator.

Suzanne studied in America and the UK, and holds an LLM degree from the University of Cambridge.


Other members of Depaul UK's Council of Trustees:


Helen O'Shea, Vice-Chair

Helen is a barrister who was called to the Bar at Gray's Inn in 1988. She has practised on the Wales and Chester Circuit and also worked in Rome, for Italian international law firm de Meo ed Associti. She is also a trustee and member of the St Vincent de Paul Society and chairs its communications committee.


Michael Wells, Treasurer

Michael is the Honorary Treasurer of Depaul UK and joined the Council of Trustees in 2015. He has more than 30 years of accountancy experience and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He works for Accenture, a corporate supporter of Depaul, and is also a mentor for Teach First teachers.


Bishop Mark Bryant

Mark, who lives in Gateshead, is an Anglican clergyman and has been Bishop of Jarrow since 2007. Before that, he worked in Coventry for 20 years. He and his wife have been Nightstop hosts since 2012.



Sister Mary Timmons DC

Mary joined the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul in 1984 and has devoted her life to God to serve the people who are most in need. She says that most of the community houses she has lived in throughout the UK have been in areas marked by poverty and segregation and this has helped her understand some of the complex issues facing people who are poor and homeless. As an occupational therapist she has worked with people disadvantaged through poor health or disability. Mary currently works for Marillac Care, Brentwood, caring for adults with severe neurological impairment.


Michael Jones

Michael has been supporter of Depaul for many years and became a trustee and council member in 2014. He is Chief Executive of a UK power company, and has also worked in Iran, Hong Kong, Australia and Indonesia for a major UK civil engineering company. He sits on Depaul's Finance and Risk Management Committee. 

Will Arnold-Baker

Will is former Managing Director of Publicis. He started his advertising career at Young and Rubicam and, over the past 20 years, his clients have included News International, the BBC, Jacobs, Barclays, Coca-Cola and Daewoo Motors. In 2002, Will helped launch the hugely successful Freeview. At Publicis, Will's clients have included Airbus,, Coca-Cola and, on a pro bono basis, Depaul UK.

Katy Porter

Katy Porter is Area Director of London homelessness charity Thames Reach. As a qualified nurse, she has worked across both the health and social care fields for the past 20 years. Originally working within HIV services and hospice care, Katy then worked in the Substance Use ‎field for 14 years. Since joining Tha‎mes Reach as a director, Katy has effectively delivered and developed services and responses to improve the health and well-being of homeless and vulnerable adults. This has been achieved by innovative and creative responses to emerging needs, partnership approaches and a collaborative style, and the securing of new business and future funding focused on the areas of housing, employment and health. Katy has a post-graduate diploma in Drug Dependence, and in Management Studies.

Father Paul Roche CM

Peter Reynolds

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