Our Board

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Pearse B. O'Shiel
CHAIRPERSON | RALAHINE
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.
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Kim Byrne
SOUTH LEINSTER
Kim Byrne has been a member of South Leinster Co-operative Housing Society since March 2017, when she moved into Fruithill Manor in Carlow and was among the first members of the South Leinster Board. She was appointed as Chairperson of the Board in Summer 2018. Kim has vast experience in co-operative housing, having been a member of the first-ever housing co-operative in Carlow over two decades ago. She also has experience in charity work, and was the Vice-Chair of Angels Among Us, a charity supporting sick children based in the Carlow area.
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Enda Egan
VICE CHAIRPERSON EXTERNAL APPOINTMENT
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
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Derek Maher
MUNSTER
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).
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Claire Ryan
DUBLIN
Claire lives and works in Dublin. Claire is a Solicitor working in private practice in Dublin. Previously, Claire was elected to the Law Society of Ireland’s Council and she currently serves as a committee member on the Regulation of Practice Committee. Claire has extensive experience in all areas of residential and commercial property law. She is very familiar with the current regulatory and funding and oversight requirements of the Social Housing Sector.
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Frances Kawala
CONNACHT
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.
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Lisa Kinsella-Colman
DUBLIN SOUTH
Lisa is a mother to 4 and grandmother to 1. 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.
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Kim Olin
DUBLIN CITY
Kim has been a member of Co-operative Housing Ireland for 20 years and has been very active in other Committees and Boards of CHI during those years. She also worked in the “Stockholm Globe arena” as a technical guide during the construction of this pioneering building and on completion continued to work on other similar projects. She is a co-founder of the “Liberties Cultural Association” and has also been involved in various projects with Dublin City Council. Her background is in media and public relations and has a keen interest in cooperative living and to advise and help individuals regarding housing issues
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Edmund O'Shea
EXTERNAL APPOINTMENT
Edmund is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), holds an MA in Urban and Building Conservation, and is a retired college lecturer. He is former Head of Dept of Architecture and Urban Design, DIT. He received awards/ distinctions from Architectural Association of Ireland, RIAI, Irish Concrete Society, The European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention. He is a former examiner in professional practice for membership of the RIAI and a former expert witness in court, arbitration, mediation and conciliation cases related to the property and building industries. He is a member of the Buildings Committee Archdiocese of Dublin and Chair of Diocesan Sacred Art and Architecture and Historic Churches Commission.
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Carol Tancock
EXTERNAL APPOINTMENT
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.
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John Power
LOUGHLINSTOWN
John Power was elected to the Board in 2016 as a representative of Loughlinstown Co-operative Housing Society. The group is the newest home ownership co-operative to form in Ireland and is working to deliver a new housing project in partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Co-operative Housing Ireland. The group has been in existence for several years and has developed considerable experience overcoming the obstacles associated with providing affordable family housing in a challenging financial environment. John lives in south county Dublin and works in the retail industry.