Daragh O’Sullivan is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. He has an extensive financial and general management background spanning twenty years and a broad range of experience working in property management and manufacturing industries. He is the owner and managing partner of Lowes Legal Costs Accountants, Director of O’Sullivan Property Management and former Finance Director of Keeling’s Fresh.
Paddy is Professor of Housing at the University of Ulster. He is an established academic and is a leading authority on housing in the UK and Ireland. In 2017 Paddy was named as the No1 Housing Power Player in the UK and Ireland. He has wide experience of academic and applied research and has over 200 publications on housing related issues. He has acted as Expert Advisor to government and regularly sits on strategic panels. In 2010 he was appointed the first ever Irish President of the International Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). He was awarded a Distinguished Community Fellowship at the University of Ulster for outstanding work in the community.
Patricia has over 25 years’ experience in the housing and property sector, working in key positions with responsibility for new business, development, partnership working and operations. Patricia has worked within the statutory, private and not for profit housing sectors in both Ireland and the UK and provides consultancy services to housing providers and developers. She is currently Chief Executive at Glebe Housing Association in London.
Gerry Flynn worked with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive for 37 years at all levels including District, Region and Central with the last 5 years in the key role as Director of Landlord (Housing) Services. Gerry helped build the NIHE’s portfolio to approximately 85,000 properties and played a pivotal role in the development of the Housing Community Network (HCN). Gerry has expertise in all aspects of housing services from repairs to management of contracts and his commitment to embracing the principles of tenant participation and involving customers in service improvement and the promotion of social enterprise has followed him throughout his long and fruitful career.
Eamon is an auctioneer and a member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland (SCSI). He has over 25 years’ experience in the property industry in Ireland and the UK. Currently Eamon is a Sales Manager with Irish publicly listed housebuilder Glenveagh. He is a past president of Navan Chamber of Commerce and is currently a secretary treasurer of BNI solstice.
James Pike is an architect and was a founding partner in Delany Mac Veigh and Pike, which was set up in 1964. This practice evolved into O’Mahony Pike in 1992. In 2017 James was awarded the RIAI James Gandon Medal for Lifetime Achievement. It is the biggest personal honour in Irish architecture. James has played a major role over more than 40 years in urban planning and housing in Ireland, but has also been involved in major educational, office, retail, hotel and industrial projects, and in projects in the UK and North Africa.
Christopher Oakes is a Quantity Surveyor working in the building Industry for more than forty five years. His early years were with the Sisk organization in Africa and Dublin, subsequently he joined Cormac Murray Building Ltd as a Surveyor, becoming a Director three years later. Following the economic downturn in the eighties, he spent six years in London in the Bovis organization as a Divisional Surveying Manager. On Returning to Ireland in the early nineties he joined Duggan Brothers Contractors in the role of Marketing Manager and Chief Surveyor based in their Dublin Office. In 2005 he set up his own development consultancy business and works principally with a Dublin based Developer on projects in Ireland and the UK as Construction Director, but with particular emphasis on locating sites and evaluating their potential. He is a member and past President of both Navan Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Club of Navan.
Kerry Anthony is the Group Chief Executive of Inspire. She has been working in the field of homelessness for many years in a variety of settings and roles, in London, Glasgow,
Dublin and Belfast. She holds a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Voluntary Sector Management. At 35, Kerry was made an MBE in the 2010 Queen’s New Year Honours list.
Angela Murphy worked with Cork County Council for the greater part of her working life, gaining experience in a number of different areas including Planning, Corporate Services and Human Resources. The bulk of Angela’s time with the council was spent working for the Housing Department. Angela held roles in the full range of Housing services provided, including Social, Affordable and Voluntary Housing, grants for the elderly / disabled, HAP/RAS, house purchase loans and tenant purchase.
Angela is a graduate of University College Cork and holds a BA and Higher Diploma in Education. Angela has a master’s degree in Public Management from the IPA. Angela has also completed some studies in life coaching.
Fiona is Head of the Investment Management sector at IDA Ireland based in Dublin. She has been working for Ireland’s foreign investment agency for over 10 years where she has responsibility for fostering and developing business from Financial Services companies in Ireland across Funds Servicing, Asset Management, Aircraft Leasing, Private Equity/Non-Bank Finance and Speciality Services. This includes managing the existing portfolio of global multinational clients operating in this sector and attracting new companies to establish in Ireland. Previously Fiona was on secondment as Deputy Director within the Trade Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where she worked on cross governmental international trade coordination and strategy. Fiona speaks French and has a degree in Business and Law (2005) from University College Dublin.
Orla Cleary is an experienced solicitor with a demonstrated history of working in the Not-for-Profit industry. She has worked in the area of social housing for more than a decade with AHBs and previously with Dublin City Council. She has a Degree in Corporate Law and holds a Master of Laws from University College Dublin and a Masters in Advance Legal Practice from Northumbria University. Orla is the Executive Director of Corporate Services for Tuath Housing Association.