Group Chief Executive | Depaul International
Since 2004 Mark has been Group Chief Executive of Depaul International, which co-ordinates the activities of a group of Depaul charities around the world, operating in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Slovakia, Ukraine, France and the United States of America. Depaul’s services provide help for homeless and disadvantaged people of all ages.
Mark joined Depaul in February 1990 as one of the first employees of the charity. In 1992 he became CEO of Depaul UK, which expanded in the next 10 years to become a national charity. At the invitation of the Irish Government, Depaul began work in the Republic of Ireland in 2002 and quickly expanded into working in the north of the country as well. Depaul International was established in 2004 to become the parent company of the Depaul group of charities, and Mark moved into the Group CEO role, overseeing its expansion into the other countries listed above.
Prior to Depaul, Mark was employed at other projects working with homeless people – The Cardinal Hume Centre in London in 1989 and The Passage Day Centre in London from 1987 to 1988.
Born in 1961, Mark’s education included Ushaw College, Durham where he trained for the priesthood 1980-85 (not ordained), followed by a degree at Durham University, 1984-87 and then a Post-graduate Certificate in Voluntary Sector Management at Hallam University. Until recently Mark was a trustee of CAFOD (10 years) and he is still on the board of Mary’s Meals. He provides pro bono consultancy to other voluntary sector organizations in the areas of corporate governance, strategic planning and fundraising.
In 2015 Mark was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles for his work with homeless people in the UK and abroad. He is an Honorary Fellow of Leeds Trinity University.
A native Haitian, Yasmine currently serves as the Project Development Manager for the Famvin Homeless Alliance.
From 2011 to 2016, Yasmine was a member of the Vincentian Family Collaboration Commission (VFCC), a team that coordinates a unique training experience designed by and for the Vincentian Family to learn together what strategies can be used to collaborate in the Vincentian struggle against poverty.
After contributing to the conception and launching of Zafen in 2009, the International Vincentian Family Project for the 350th Anniversary of the Deaths of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac, she participated on the Board that helps coordinate the Vincentian efforts to alleviate poverty in Haiti. Later on, in April 2013, she worked for two years with the Vincentian Family Haiti Initiative (VFHI) as the Education Coordinator. In this function, she implemented and coordinated a two-pronged project that 1) provided a daily hot meal in 17 schools of Port-au-Prince and the Central Plateau; 2) helped raise the level of education through teacher-training.
A member of the Vincentian Marian Youth from 1995 to 2015, Yasmine became a full-time volunteer in 2003 and worked in the Association’s headquarters in Madrid (Spain) for eight years, putting her trilingual skills at the service of VMY. She served as the International President of this Branch of the Vincentian Family from 2005 to 2015. In this position, she participated in various international events, visited VMY groups in several countries and continents, and helped coordinate many Vincentian formation projects.
With seven years of teaching experience, Yasmine holds a bachelors degree in Education from Quisqueya University (Haiti) and a masters in Educational Leadership from DePaul University (Chicago, USA).