Governance - Co-operative Housing Ireland board

Chairperson - Pearse B. O'Shiel - Ralahine

Pearse was raised in a family home which 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 a number of co-housing initiatives. Pearse is a PhD. researcher in the area of the philosophy of education and lectures in a number of 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 cooperative models of housing and of community development.




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.




Taoufik Hammami - Munster

Taoufik Hammami is a member of the Munster Board and lives in Glanmire. Taoufik has a great deal of experience in the community sector, and was Chairperson of the Munster Board for two years, acting as a liaison between the Munster Board and CHI management. He has been a member of the Munster Board for six years







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 councilors 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 – Dublin South

I'm Lisa, mother to 4 and grandmother to 1. I'm a community activist and love living in a co-operative. I really enjoy getting members involved in projects I set up or am involved in both in our co-operative and local communities.

I help out where ever I'm needed whether that's on homeless out reaches to fostering feral kittens.

I work well with others and with me having 2 children with autism I've learned to be very understanding and take on board not everyone sees things in the same way.

I'm involved in the parents’ association in 1 of our local schools and I'm on the high level task force in South Dublin county council for our local park.

I'm always looking for ways to better our community and working with our local county councillors and TDs to do so.


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 “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

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 a number of 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.