Thursday, 9th March 2023
The Housing Agency announces five new appointments to its board
The Housing Agency has today (09.03.2023) announced five new additions to its board. The new five new board members joined following the retirement of three members and a recruitment campaign; and the number of board members has increased from 9 to 11.
The new additions to the board are:
- Carol Tancock, who has over 25 years’ experience working for leading European Financial Institutions and specialises in Commercial Real Estate/Infrastructure financing and portfolio management.
- Dervla Tierney, a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Institute of Directors and a Social Entrepreneur. Ms. Tierney has specific knowledge and experience in finance, corporate governance, compliance and risk management.
- Eileen Gleeson, the former Director of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive where she was responsible for delivering a response to those experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness for the Dublin Region (four Dublin Local Authorities) under the aegis of Dublin City Council.
- Eadaoin Ni Chleirigh, who is Director of Development Operations with the Irish Council for Social Housing. Ms. Ni Chleirigh was previously CEO of Richmond Barracks, and oversaw the restoration, and its subsequent opening as a city museum in Dublin.
- Kevin Kelly, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council who has worked in the local government sector for 34 years in a variety of different roles and authorities.
Speaking today about the new appointments, Michael Carey, Chair of the board, said: "I am delighted to welcome five new members to the board of The Housing Agency. The new members bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise across a range of areas of importance when it comes to the delivery of housing and sustainable communities, namely in the areas of finance, accountancy, risk, and homelessness.
"It is also heartening to see that for the first time, the majority of our board members are women, which is a progressive step forward. We look forward to working with the new members over the coming years. The Housing Agency has a key role in terms of the future of the housing sector and is a valuable resource in delivering ' Housing for All'."
Further information on governance structure of The Housing Agency is available here: www.housingagency.ie/our-organisation.
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Notes to Editors:
- Three board members were appointed following a recruitment campaign by the Board Appointments Service; and two members were nominated by the County and City Management Association (CCMA) and the Irish Council for Social Housing, in line with statutory requirements.
Carol has over 25 years’ experience working for leading European Financial Institutions and specialises in Commercial Real Estate/Infrastructure financing and portfolio management. Currently based in Dublin, she has spent several years working overseas (London, Germany and Asia). She holds an MSc in Investment and Treasury from DCU and completed the Diploma in Corporate Governance with the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School along with the Chartered Director Certificate and Diploma with the Institute of Directors Ireland. She served on the Board of Co-operative Housing Ireland from 2017-2022 and was Chair of the Audit, Assurance and Finance Committee.
Dervla is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Institute of Directors and a Social Entrepreneur. Dervla has specific knowledge and experience in Finance, Corporate Governance, Compliance and Risk Management. She is also a Director of Middletown Centre for Autism, Wexford Local Development and The Enniscorthy Forum, which are non-profit organisations that support educational, social, economic and sustainability goals across the community.
Dervla also has voluntary roles as Chair of the Ferns Diocesan Safeguarding Committee, a member of the Credit Committee of the local credit union in Enniscorthy, and in community/ stakeholder engagement in projects aimed at developing the potential of the town.
Eileen Gleeson is the former Director of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive where she was responsible for delivering a response to those experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness for the Dublin Region (four Dublin Local Authorities) under the aegis of Dublin City Council. A career public servant she worked with Dublin City Council for over 40years until her retirement in January 2021.
Eileen held several key leadership roles in the Local Authority throughout her career and spent over 30years in Housing Services. She was instrumental in ensuring the expansion of the Approved Housing Body Sector in the delivery of Social Housing in Dublin City.
Eileen is a Board member of Approved Housing Body Regulatory Authority since its establishment in February 2021.
Éadaoin Ní Chléirigh
Eadaoin Ni Chleirigh is Director of Development Operations with the ICSH, with responsibility for internal operations, the ICSH development team and its work with the wider membership.
She oversees the work of the ICSH Finance Working Group and has been centrally involved in supporting ICSH members and AHBS in meeting commitments under Housing for All as well as representing the ICSH on the Cork and Galway housing delivery fora.
Prior to the Irish Council for Social Housing, Éadaoin was CEO of Richmond Barracks, a Dublin City regeneration project. Having proposed the Barracks as a social regeneration project, she oversaw the restoration, and its subsequent opening as a city museum in Dublin.
Éadaoin has a long track record in community development and was CEO two Dublin City Council regeneration projects in Dublin’s south inner city. She has worked with the local authority, community interests and housing associations in the delivery of new social housing and refurbishment projects, as well as spearheading research and sourcing funding for a variety of social projects in these areas. Eadaoin was a co-founder and manager for 10 years of Meitheal Development Ltd a successful management consultancy and training agency, working with numerous community and voluntary organisations throughout the country.
Eadaoin’s academic background includes, social policy conflict resolution and negotiation, and she holds a Masters in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from NUIM.
A native of County Galway, Kevin is Chief Executive of Mayo County Council and has worked in the local government sector for 34 years in a variety of different roles and authorities including Dublin County Council, Galway City Council, Laois County Council, Carlow County Council, Kildare County Council and more recently in Galway County Council where he held the position of Chief Executive between 2014 and 2021.
Previous posts held by Kevin include Director of Corporate Services and Human Resources, Director of Planning and Economic Development and Director of Community and Enterprise as well as Town Manager for Ballinasloe Town Council.
Kevin has been a member of a number of Boards including Galway Rural Development , Galway Cultural Development and Activity and Ireland West Airport and currently contributes to a number of national committees including as Chair of the CCMA’s Housing Building and Land Use Committee while he also Chairs the group tasked with the introduction of e-planning across all local authorities. Kevin holds a B.A. in Public Management.
About The Housing Agency
The Housing Agency supports the development of sustainable communities across Ireland. It works to meet the nation’s housing needs by:
- Rolling out new housing projects and co-ordinating programmes that can transform how we live.
- Using data and research to provide evidence-based solutions.
- Advising the Government on housing policies.
- Collaborating with all those involved in the housing sector in Ireland to ensure we are working as effectively as possible.
A State-funded body governed by an independent Board, The Housing Agency works mainly with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, local authorities and non-profit housing providers.
Follow The Housing Agency on Twitter: @HousingAgencyIE.