The Context for Change
Some time ago it was noted that third sector organisations ‘managing in the new normal’ – an environment where fluctuations in activity and income will be inevitable – must have the foresight, capacity and willingness to change and adapt. VMM International has certainly done that in the past three years, but to become even more efficient and relevant we have reflected upon the direction set by our strategic framework and the ethos of our founding charism in respect of the power of lay mission.
From the end of 2014 our governance and executive structures have steadily evolved to ensure that the vision and mission in our Strategic Framework is realised, to create ‘a world where we live in the shelter of one another’ through our mission of ‘sharing of who we are, not just what we have’: in doing this we have ensured that the expectations of our donors, partners and the beneficiaries of our work are met in full.
Governance of VMM International
Governance in VMM now has a structure that embraces both strategic and operational activity. The existing Board remains, supported through a series of sub-committees. The sub-committees are hands-on in the day to day support of the VMM operation; engaging VMM experienced members to assist in running VMM so that the known and anticipated demands upon the organisation are positively responded to.
By engaging governance with the executive we can now capture the knowledge and expertise of all in the VMM family, to support the delivery of our international development and volunteering programme. This structure will evolve over time as we continue to deliver our vision and mission.
The Executive Team in VMM International
The most senior operational role is now held by Lou Talbot Beirne in the position of Executive Director of International Development and Volunteering; Tim Flynn continues as our Africa Manager, Lucy Monari has joined us as Safeguarding and Protection Programme Manager, Van Garber continues as our UK Manger and Fiona Duignan is the Manager of our Short Term Volunteering Programme. Louisa Preston is our Diocesan Liaison Officer in the UK and our new Financial Controller is currently being recruited. We also continue with our programme of integrating talented interns into VMM and we are grateful for the work of former VMs and office volunteers like Christy Creely and Sanah Ganju on many tasks.
John Denny CEO Joins the Board
John Denny has moved from the position of CEO to take a position on the Board in the capacity of Director of Mission Development, ensuring that the strategic direction of VMM is directed through an aware, engaged and informed Board. He will also remain particularly engaged in working with the team in meeting with our donors and partners. These structures that we now have, are both progressive and entirely appropriate to the circumstance of today and tomorrow, showing the willingness of VMM International to embrace change.