Meet the Team

Tim Flynn – Africa Manager

VMM International Africa Manager Photo

A native of Co Tipperary in Ireland, Tim has a background in teaching, finance and administration and youth work. Tim first visited Africa in 1997 on a short term volunteering programme and since 1999 Tim has volunteered with VMM International in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Prior to this Tim taught at the College of Commerce in Cork and worked in Company & Trust administration in the Channel Islands. From his current base in Kitale in Western Kenya Tim visits VMM International’s project partners and volunteers in the field as well as working with the Safeguarding & Positive Discipline mentoring programme team.

Van Garber – CEO

Before joining VMM International in 2011, Van worked in charity and government organisations both in America and the UK. Recent posts included Director of Development for Habitat for Humanity in Virginia (US) and later as CEO for Habitat Liverpool for two years before joining VMM International as UK Director.

The UK team is now responsible for the progression of VMM following a successful 50th Anniversary event and the closure of VMM Ireland. Van will continue to guide VMM with the Board through 2019 and beyond. The UK office will oversee work in Africa and continue to provide significant income from Ireland and UK through church appeals, fundraising initiatives, grants and several charity shops. They facilitate partnerships in both the UK and Africa and oversee the short and long term volunteer programmes.

Van is also a trustee for the Catholic Mission Union, has 3 children and enjoys travel, sports and cooking.

David West – Communications Officer

VMM International Marketing & Communications Intern PhotoA veteran traveler with four years’ experience on projects in the International Development and Community Non-Profit sector, Dave joined the VMM International team in July 2017 in a dual role as the International Programme Assistant, moving into his forte of Marketing and Communications . Originally graduating with a BA in History and Archaeology from UCD, he has recently up-skilled and applies his talents in Digital Marketing, Communications and Project Management along with a wealth of administration experience with VMM International. Having spent some years in Brazil and Colombia and some months volunteering in Cameroon, he hopes to return to Africa again soon in an International Development capacity. He plays the guitar, enjoys music, culture and the Arts, languages, cycling and cooking.

Louisa Preston – Appeals Coordinator for England and Wales

Louisa Preston is VMM International’s Appeals Co-ordinator for England and Wales. She has held this position since January 2011, but started volunteering with VMM International in 2008. Louisa takes care of everything to do with Parish Appeals. Parish Appeals consist of visiting a Parish, making Appeals at each Mass that weekend, taking a collection and recruiting new VMs and members to VMM International. She is also responsible for some office finances and the Wavertree Charity Shop. Louisa is originally from Liverpool, went to school and University here. She enjoys the opera, theatre, cinema, dining out and travelling. And hopes to go to Africa at some point!

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