Kathleen Vickers has been working in social care for many years, progressing from the delivery of direct care to senior management. She is currently self-employed providing information, advice and support to agencies regarding people management, change management, evaluations and reviews and policy development. She is also an accredited workplace investigator.
In her first management role in the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI), the organisation was moving from a traditional charity model of service to a professional, person-centred and effective service model. As a member of the national management team, she was involved in the strategic process at national and regional level, ensuring the engagement of, and effective communication with, all stakeholders.
In 2009, Kathleen took on a senior management role with Cheshire Ireland. As a member of the senior management team, she was involved in strategy and policy development. The shift from traditional institutionalised services to individualised community-based services and an emerging regulatory environment gave her further valuable experience in change management.
From the beginning of her career, Kathleen had an interest in improving services and initially entered management as a way of influencing change within organisations. She is knowledgeable around the area of corporate governance and understands fully the importance of a skilled, engaged and effective board. As part of her review work, Kathleen provides support to agencies regarding board governance, ensuring that they have a clear strategy for sustainability and are compliant with the Charities Governance Code, relevant legislation and public policy.
Kathleen has also recently been appointed to the board of the Rehab Group as a volunteer trustee.