Our Board

In October 2016 Sophia entered into an innovative collaborative agreement with the Midlands Simon Community. The agreement is underpinned by a strong shared value base and together with agreements to share resources in order to attain greater efficiencies and to ensure an optimal return of public funds. The Collaboration Agreement between Sophia and Midlands Simon Community aims at delivering more effective “Housing First” services to the people both organisations are supporting. The collaboration agreement facilitates the sharing of the post of C.E.O. Thus, while Tony O’Riordan is an employee and C.E.O of Sophia, he also carries out the duties of the role of C.E.O of the Midlands Simon Community.

 

Andy Caffrey

Position: Board Member
Location: Dublin, Ireland

Andy Caffrey is the Head of Finance and Corporate Services at the Irish Hospice Foundation. 

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Denis Doherty

Position: Chairperson
Location: Dublin, Ireland

In a career spanning more than forty years in the public service, Denis Doherty held senior management positions in three local authorities and three health boards. He is the Founding Director of the Office for Health Management and the Health Boards Executive.

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Eamonn Martin

Position: Board Member
Location: Dublin, Ireland

Eamonn is a co-founder of Sophia and has worked tirelessly with the organisation for over 20 years. Eamonn and has previously worked in banking before taking a position as project manager with Focus Ireland.

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Grainne Hilton

Position: Board Member
Location: Dublin, Ireland

Grainne began her career caring for others when she trained as a nurse. This career path led her to working with the homeless and becoming the Project Manager at Sophia’s project in Cork St.

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Jean Quinn D.W

Position: Board Member
Location: New York, USA

Having worked with Focus Ireland for a number of years Jean saw a need for a different type of housing, one with support and  in 1997 she founded Sophia.

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John Donohue

Position: Board Member
Location: Dublin, Ireland

John is a Property / Development Director with the O'Flynn Group. He is responsible for bringing projects from concept to completion. He deals with due diligence for site acquisition, financial appraisals and management of the planning process, costs delivery before directing the exit strategy for the asset.

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John Duffy

Position: Board Member
Location: Dublin, Ireland

John is the director of Audit and Assurance in Grant Thornton Ireland. He has previously worked with KPMG. John has a wealth of experience in audit and accounting services working with a broad range of indigenous and multi-national clients. 

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Karl McDonagh

Position: Bord Member
Location: Dublin

Karl is a leadership coach and Change Management mentor, supporting organisations and leaders going through change

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Liz Murphy RSM

Position: Secretary 
Location: Dublin, Ireland

Liz Murphy is the Secretary General of AMRI. She is a Doctor of Psychology with a Masters Degree in Adult & Community Education and Executive Leadership. Liz has a huge amount of experience working with NGOs and Religious Congregations both nationally and internationally. 

 

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Seamus Dooley

Position: Board Member
Location: Dublin, Ireland

 Seamus is a former journalist who has worked with a number of local and national publications and is the current Irish Secretary of the National Union of journalists. 

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