Pearse B. O'Shiel

Pearse was raised in a family home that was built by the New Homes Housing Cooperative in Dublin. He has been involved in many educational and community initiatives over the past 30 years. He has been active in social housing since 1995 and currently has a development role in Inis Housing Association CLG as well as an advisory role to several co-housing initiatives.

Pearse is a Ph.D. researcher in the area of the philosophy of education and lectures in third-level institutions in Ireland. Pearse lives in Co. Clare and is married with three adult children and a growing number of grandchildren. He has a long-standing interest in co-operative models of housing and community development.

Enda Egan


Enda Egan is a serving civil servant since 1983.

He currently lives in Beaumont on the north-side of Dublin. He was educated by the Christian Brothers at Ard Scoil Ris, Griffith Avenue, Marino. He gained Associate membership (AITI) of the Irish Tax Institute in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Advanced Taxation from the University of Limerick in 2007. More recently, in 2013, he achieved an Advanced Diploma in Legislative Drafting from the Honourable Society of Kings Inn.

He has been volunteering for many years with the Richard Pampuri Social Club which is a social club for young adults with learning disabilities and special needs. He also does voluntary work with Special Olympics Ireland

Cinnamon 'Cin' Blackmore

Slaney Housing Co-operative

Cinnamon is the chairperson of the Slaney Valley Co-operative, lives in Gorey, Co. Wexford and is a full time Carer to her son. She moved to Vancouver for several years and became a Textile Artist, moving back to Ireland in 2007.

In 2010 she was one of the founding members of The Sunshine Child Support Group for parents of children with special needs, providing weekly support meetings. This developed into a playgroup for special needs children and their siblings in 2012. Her campaigning for HSE services led her to political activism on children’s mental health and housing. Cinnamon was also a member of the Unsung Heroes Choir documentary which helped shine a light on the unseen work of Family Carers.

Regina Coakley

Regina Coakley recently moved into a Co-operative housing scheme in Fruithill Manor in Graiguecullen, Carlow. She is new to Co-operatives and looking forward to being involved with the Board. She works full time in manufacturing and has held positions as Training Instructor, Health and Safety Co-Ordinator and is currently Production Supervisor and Planner.

Regina has completed a HDip in Health & Safety at Work through UCD and has done various courses with the Irish Management Institute and others. 

Michael Collins

Michael is CFO/Deputy CEO in the Irish subsidiary of a Global freight business, ASL Aviation Group.

 He was previously CFO with LacPatrick Dairies Co-operative where he steered a major investment programme and business merger with Lakeland Dairies.

 Michael’s experience in the construction sector was as Financial accountant with the homebuilder, McInerney Holdings PLC. He is a fellow of ACCA and has MBA degree from London Business School and International Corporate Finance from INSEAD Paris.

 He is a proud native of Tipperary and lives in Dublin with his wife and two daughters.

Kenneth Hanrahan

Avoca Housing Co-operative

Kenneth Hanrahan is married with two children. Over the years he has worked in hotels, pubs and been a mental health worker. Kenneth has recently achieved a Level 5 in Tourism and Events Management and is working towards his Level 6 Advance Business Management so he can start a new career in Events Management. He is delighted to become part of the CHI board and looks forward to bringing new ideas and support to others in the future.

Frances Kawala

New to Co-operative Housing Ireland, and also to the Connacht Board, Frances lives in Crinkle, Birr. She is involved in many community activities, promoting local interests with local councillors through Birr 20:20 Vision; with the Local Development Company through Offaly’s Older Person’s Steering Group, feeding into Age Friendly Ireland to establish and promote improvements to the health and well-being of Seniors, which would include their housing needs.

Although now retired, Frances uses her arts background to find creative ways to encourage community involvement.

Lisa Kinsella-Colman

Lisa is a mother to four and grandmother to one. She is a community activist and loves living in a co-operative. Lisa is very active within local community and co-operative projects and activities.

Lisa is also involved in the parents’ association in a local school and participates in the High-Level Task Force in South Dublin County Council for a local park.

Lisa has strong links with others in her community and is committed to improving the local area.

Enda Mc Guane

Enda has over 20 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors property management. As Managing Director of Winters Property, he oversees the operation of one of Irelands largest property service providers.

Enda is a member of several professional bodies including the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI). He is currently Chairman of the West/NW Region Committee of SCSI and sits on the National Planning and Development Committee and the Council of SCSI.

He is a member of Galway Co. Council’s Housing Strategic Policy Committee and a member of Chambers Ireland Housing Taskforce, Property Industry Ireland’s Market Supply and Demand Committee as well as the CIF’s Western and Midlands Infrastructure Forum. Enda’s studies include a BBS and MBS.

Derek Maher

Derek Maher was born in Dublin.

He is married with four children and two grandchildren.

He lives in a Co-operative housing Ireland property, in Downview, County Cork.

He has worked for Cork City Council for the past seven years. He is the Chairman of Downview residents association, and is currently Chairman of Co-operative housing Ireland (Munster).

Claire Ryan

Claire is a Solicitor working in private practice in Galway. In 2020 Claire and her husband took the decision to relocate from Dublin and now live in County Clare, her former home county.

Claire has extensive experience in all areas of residential and commercial property law. She worked closely in her role as a Solicitor with Tier 2 and 3 Approved Housing Bodies for many years.  Those relationships provided her with an insight and familiarity with the current regulatory, funding and oversight requirements and the legal requirements of the Social Housing sector.

Previously, Claire was elected to the Law Society of Ireland’s Council and served a two year term on the Council.  She currently serves as a committee member on the Regulation of Practice Committee of the Law Society of Ireland being the body tasked with investigating the financial and regulatory functions of Legal Practices in Ireland.

Carol Tancock

Carol has over 25 years’ experience working for leading European Financial Institutions and specialises in Commercial Real Estate and Infrastructure financing. Currently based in Dublin, she has also worked in London, Munich, Paris, Stuttgart and, Singapore. She is currently the Branch Manager of FM-WM Service Company, Dublin. She holds an MSc in Investment and Treasury from DCU and completed the Diploma in Corporate Governance at the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.