Michael Power - Chairperson
Michael Power is Chairperson of Co-operative Housing Ireland and has been a Board member since 2009. He is a nominee of Goodwill Housing Co-operative based in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Mick has acted as Society Secretary for Goodwill since its formation as a co-operative in 2003. Mick was previously a Chair and Board member of Teach Tearmainn Housing Association, which he helped found in 1997. He was also formerly Chair of the Kildare Community Partnership.
Mick has been Manager of Kildare Volunteer Centre since 2005 and is a volunteer member of a number of organisations.
Ann Kirwan - Vice-Chairperson
Ann Kirwan is Vice-Chairperson of Co-operative Housing Ireland and has been a member of the Board since 2011. She has been a member of the Management Committee of Dublin North Co-operative Housing Society for the past ten years, and is currently Chairperson of that local co-operative. Ann maintains an active interest in housing management and member representation. She has represented the local co-operative in local policing forums and community development networks.
Ann has over fifteen years experience in the health and social care sectors, most recently working with older people in a residential care setting. In this context, Ann has undertaken extensive training in the areas of care, mental health, and abuse prevention.
Jane Mullins is Chairperson of Goodwill Housing Co-operative Society based in Newbridge Co. Kildare. She has been Chairperson since 2003 and, during this time, the group constructed a 26 house scheme at Rosconnell and purchased 18 apartments at Millfield.
She served as a board member of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service Board (IBTS) for nine years up to October 2013. She is currently chair of the IBTS superannuation fund.
She has worked as a journalist for over 30 years in regional newspapers in Galway, Meath, Dublin and Kildare and has edited regional titles in Kildare and Laois. She is a graduate of the College of Commerce Rathmines and DIT.
Mema Byrne BL is a practising barrister with 13 years' experience. Mema's areas of expertise include landlord and tenant law, housing, local government law, administrative law and land law. Mema is the author of Landlord and Tenant Law- The Commercial Sector (2013) and is an adjudicator and mediator with the Residential Tenancies Board. Mema has a wide breath of experience in both the private rented dwelling sector and local government housing sector.
Sandra Ajuonoma is currently a student of National University of Ireland, Maynooth studying Community Work and Youth Work. Originally from Nigeria, she is a naturalised Irish citizen. She is currently doing her fieldwork placement with Robert Emmet Community Development Project.
Sandra has been chairperson of Dublin West Co-operative for more than 18 months and previously served as the secretary of that committee. She has been actively involved with her community for the last 4 years completing projects with residents and their children in Avondale Park.
She is serving member of I-Smile International a non-profit organisation based in Mulhuddart for the last 3 years and has volunteered with Foroige for 3 years, including setting up a Junior Club and a Youth café for young people living in Avondale Park.
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 Branch Manager of FM-WM Service Company, Dublin Branch. She holds an MSc in Investment and Treasury from DCU and more recently completed the Diploma in Corporate Governance at the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.
Brendan O’Callaghan is a founder member of Munster Co-operative Housing Society Ltd, and has been a member of the Board since 2010.
Brendan, who is now retired, has more than 40 years experience in the area of training and education, and community development. He taught in secondary and vocational schools before joining AnCO, later FAS.
Through his work with FAS, Brendan supported many community and co-operative projects, and developed strong relationships with local community groups, trade unions, employers and the construction industry. He was also involved in a number of international projects including a European Union supported programme in reconstruction and development in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Adaku Ezeudo is the Founder of i-Smile International, a Migrant’s Women Network registered in Ireland in 2013 to promote social inclusion, intercultural understanding and collaboration among migrant women and their Irish counterparts through education and networking. She is a social entrepreneur, an intercultural consultant and an advocate for social justice. Her primary degree is in Accounting and she holds a University Certificate in Women’s Studies with UCD and a Master’s degree in Development Studies with Kimmage Development Studies Centre.
She is the Secretary of Avondale Co-operative Committee and was recently nominated to the Fingal Secretariat & Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) to represent social inclusion interests. She is experienced in, and passionate about, working with vulnerable marginalised groups with a particular interest in migrant women and young people.
Enda Egan is an Assistant Principal Officer in the Civil Service and has been employed by the Revenue Commissioners since 1983. He is currently based in the Dublin Region in O’Connell Street, having previously been part of Revenue Legislative Services in Dublin Castle.
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 Inns.
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.
Enda has a keen interest in genealogy research and photography.
Billy Gaynor joined Riverside Housing Co-operative in Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin in 2012. Since then he has become a member of the management committees of his local co-operative and of Dublin South Co-operative. He was first elected to the Board at the AGM in 2013. A plumber and mechanic by training, Billy completed his career working as a project manager with Rotary Engineering. Billy serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Loughlinstown Community Rooms and as a volunteer with Suicide or Survive.
Billy was involved for many years with Scouting Ireland, including service as Provincial Commissioner for the South East. In that role, he was a member of Scouting Ireland’s Board of Management and assisted with the implementation of a new code of practice and child protection guidelines.
James Deasy was elected to the Board of Co-operative Housing Ireland in 2015. He is a member of Munster Co-operative Housing Society.
James works as caddymaster, supervising a team of 80, at the international Old Head of Kinsale golf course. He has served on the board of Bandon GAA club where he has acted as Treasurer and P.R.O. He has trained several teams from under-21s to the senior hurling team. He has also served on the committee of his local Bandon Golf Club.
James has a wide interested in pursuing improvements in relation to the current housing situation in Ireland.
Graham Lightfoot is Company Secretary of Cloughjordan Co-Housing Company Limited by Guarantee and is its representative on the Board of Co-operative Housing Ireland.
Graham has over 40 years' experience of working with community-based and public passenger transport operations in Ireland (since 1990), Britain (1976-1989) and Australia (1974). He now works part time as Assistant Manager with Clare Accessible Transport.
Graham was a Director and Board Member of CIÉ from April 2008 to April 2011. He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport in Ireland, has served as Chairperson of its Western Section and on its Education Committee.
Graham has been a member of numerous local and national organisations in Ireland and Britain involved in local development, housing, co-operatives, transport and environmental campaigning.
Kim Olin has been a member of housing co-operatives in Dublin's Liberties since 1998. She has been an active member of local co-op committees, leading on community development initiatives including street parties, events for children, and commemorations of the 1916 Rising. She has been heavily involved in community gardening and has successfully applied grant funding from external sources.
Kim has regularly contributed to Co-operative Housing Ireland at a national level and was a member of the 40th Anniversary Working Group that delivered a successful programme of events across the country. Her background is in public relations and she has worked in a variety of roles in thisarea both in Dublin and her native Stockholm.
Noel Pocock has been a member of Dublin City Co-operative for 15 years and has served on numerous committees and working groups throughout the organisation. He is a strong advocate for member engagement and played a key role in representing members in the development of the organisation's quality management systems.
Noel is retired from the Dublin Dental Hospital where he worked for 40 years as a dental technician and as laboratories co-ordinator. He served two terms on the board of the Hospital as staff representative, was a member of the fitness to practice committee, and was appointed to the Dental Council for two terms as consumer representative.
Noel is a lifelong trade union activist as a member of ITGWU/SIPTU where he was elected on six occasions to the National Executive. He is a board member and secretary of Na Píobairí Uileann, the Society of Uileann Pipers.
Edmund O'Shea is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Building Conservation, UCD 1991 and is a retired college lecturer.
Edmund is former Head of Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Dublin School of Architecture, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). He is a recipient of awards/ distinctions from Architectural Association of Ireland, Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, Irish Concrete Society, European architectural heritage. He was a member of the Site Planning Committee, Trinity College (1992-1995) which produced the Development Control Plan for Trinity College Dublin (1995).
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 currently, member of Buildings Committee Archdiocese of Dublin and chair of Diocesan Sacred Art and Architecture and Historic Churches Commission. His current interests include mentoring, research in Fourth Age Education, product design, and the Royal Irish Constabulary.
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 nearly three 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.