Senior Management Team

The Chief Executive Officer is the Accounting Officer for the VSS for all matters relating to financial propriety and regularity and for all considerations of prudent and economic administration of the organization.  The Chief Executive is currently supported at a senior management level by the Head of Corporate Services, the Head of Health and Wellbeing Services, the Programme Managers and the Finance and Governance Manager.

This Senior Management Team is responsible for administering the Individual Needs Programme (INP) and the Victims Support Programme (VSP).  This involves coordinating the following key areas of work:

Client Services

  • Best Practice in services and therapies
  • Assistance and support to individual victims and survivors
  • Referrals and signposting to goods and services

Corporate Services

  • Corporate Governance of the Individual Needs Programme and Victim Support Programme
  • Corporate Services (HR, IT, Communications, Corporate Finance)
  • Monitoring and Reporting

All staff at VSS are responsible for ensuring that the organisation operates effectively and efficiently, and to the highest standards of accountability and good governance expected of all publicly funded bodies.

Board Place Holders

Margaret Bateson

Chief Executive Officer

Margaret is currently on sabbatical and will return on March 13 2020.

Margaret Bateson has been the Chief Executive of the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) since July 2016, following an interim period of 2 years in the role. She has over 10 years’ experience in governance, leading organisational change and monitoring and evaluating grants and development programmes, in Northern Ireland, Europe and further afield.

Prior to working with the VSS, Margaret worked overseas for a period of 2 years 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 communities. In 2012, she obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Development Management.

She was also a Manager at the Special European Union Programmes Body (SEUPB), primarily overseeing the finance and governance arrangements of the the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE II). She is a qualified accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Margaret is supported in her role by:

Andrew Walker, Head of Corporate Services

Board Place Holders

Andrew Walker

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Andrew has moved from his role as Head of Corporate Services with VSS to step in as Interim Chief Executive Officer during Margaret's sabbatical.
Board Place Holders

Tara Lewsley

Interim Head of Corporate Services

Tara has moved from her role as Finance and Governance Manager to cover Andrew's absence as Head of Corporate Services for the period of this sabbatical.