Senior Management Team
The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of support and services to victims and survivors in addition to undertaking the function of Accounting Officer and overseeing all matters relating to financial propriety and regularity and for all considerations of prudent and economic administration of the organisation.
The Chief Executive is currently supported at a senior management level by the Head of Corporate Services, Head of Service Development, and Head of Health and Wellbeing Services.
This senior management team is responsible for all aspects of service delivery including the following key areas of work:
Health and Wellbeing Team
- Best Practice in services and therapies
- Assistance and support to individuals and community and voluntary organisations
- Referrals and signposting to support and services needed
Corporate Services Team
- Corporate Governance of the organisation and service delivery models
- Corporate Services (HR, IT, Communications, Corporate Finance)
- Corporate Reporting
Service Development Team
- Monitoring and Evaluation of programme outcomes
- Programme Management of Victims Support Programme and PEACE IV
- Development of new and improved support and services
- Stakeholder Engagement
In This Section
Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Walker joined the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) in October 2017, when he was appointed to the role of Head of Corporate Services. In this role, as a member of the senior management team, Andrew supported the CEO/Accounting Officer and was responsible for finance & governance, human resources, monitoring & evaluation, and programme management.
Andrew has held a number of senior management team positions within VSS, gaining experience across the organisation, and leading on a range of projects including the Troubles Permanent Disablement Payment Scheme and PEACE Programme delivery. From January 2021, Andrew was in the role of Head of Service Development, responsible for strategic programme delivery and development of support and services; before assuming his current role in May 2023.
A Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, Andrew qualified as a chartered accountant in 2005, and spent 6 years in private practice. Andrew joined The Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) as Corporate Accountant in 2007, gaining 10 years’ experience in financial management and corporate governance in a public sector environment, prior to joining VSS.
The CEO is supported in his role by:
Head of Corporate Services
Tara Lewsley joined the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) in July 2018, when she was appointed to the role of Finance and Governance Manager. In this role, Tara supported the Head of Corporate Services in the area of finance & governance. More recently, from August 2019, Tara has held the position of Head of Corporate Services, taking responsibility for finance & governance and human resources.
A fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, Tara qualified as a chartered accountant in 2010, having trained in private practice. Prior to joining VSS, Tara worked in senior management roles within the voluntary and community sector and local government in the areas of financial management and corporate governance.
Head of Service Development
Emma Dargan joined VSS as a Programmes Officer back in July 2014 and held the position of Programmes Manager from October 2016 to June 2022. Emma was appointed as Acting Head of Service Development in July 2022.
Emma is responsible for all aspects of the management of services and activities delivered through a range of Community Partner organisations. This includes contract management, governance, project support and reporting on achievement against performance targets and outcomes-based accountability.
Prior to joining VSS, Emma held various roles within the community and voluntary sector in the areas of programme management and the delivery of both EU and local Government funding programmes.
Acting head of Health and Wellbeing (T/C) Head of Health and Wellbeing (HIA/MBMLW)
Nicola Nugent has been a Regional Health and Wellbeing Case Manager at the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) since January 2017, responsible for key aspects of the assessment, co-ordination, implementation and effective delivery of the VSS Health & Wellbeing Programme.
Nicola was appointed as the Health and Wellbeing Case Manager dedicated to survivors of HIA in November 2020.
She has over 10 years’ clinical experience working within the field of children and adult mental health services.
Prior to working with VSS, Nicola worked within the Health and Social Care Trust delivering support and services to those adversely impacted by trauma related events.