Andy Heffernan

Board Director

Andy is the National Secretary of the Society of St Vincent De Paul (SVDP) which is one of the largest voluntary charitable organisations in Ireland. In addition to providing direct assistance to those in need the Society operates homeless hostels, social housing, holiday homes and other social support activities. It also has a network of over 230 shops though some 11,000 member volunteers managed by 1,000 staff. Prior to his role at the SVDP he was Chief Executive of St John of God Community Services, an organisation providing a range of services to those with learning disabilities and mental health issues across Ireland. He also served in the Defence Forces for 19 years at home and abroad, in the Middle East with the United Nations, Central Africa with Goal and the Balkans with the European Union. Andy has a BSc from NUIG, an MSc from the University of Ulster and a certificate in Charity Law, Trusteeship and Governance from the Law Society of Ireland. His interests include current affairs, rugby and modern literature.