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
Margaret has been the Chief Executive of the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) since July 2014. She has over 15 years’ experience in leading organisational change, governance and service delivery in Northern Ireland, Europe and further afield. With a commitment to co-designed and community-led services, she has overseen the implementation of a needs based service delivery model since 2017, with a clear focus on achieving the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes for victims and survivors.
Prior to working with the VSS, Margaret worked overseas as a Management Advisor for the Department of Cooperatives in Vanuatu, South Pacific, capacity building staff and management to promote and develop resilience within grassroots cooperative societies and small indigenous businesses.
Margaret also has extensive experience of managing large scale EU funding and projects from her time as Finance and Governance Manager in the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
Margaret has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) since 2003 and more recently obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Management in 2020.
The CEO is supported in her 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.
An Associate 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
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. Since January 2021, Andrew has been in the role of Head of Service Development, responsible for strategic programme delivery and development of support and services.
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.
Head of Health and Wellbeing Services
Bryan Leonard joined the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) in January 2021, being appointed to the role of Head of Health and Wellbeing with responsibility for establishing and managing the quality and effectiveness of all health and wellbeing services to victims and survivors
Bryan qualified as a social worker in 2010, and prior to joining VSS, worked in senior management roles within the community and voluntary sector.