Our Board

 

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. He served a three-year term as President of the Standing Committee of the Hospitals of the European Union and acted as an advisor to WHO Europe. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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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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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, Jean's tireless work has lead her to now lead UNANIMA International a United Nations-based coalition of Catholic congregations focused on concerns of women, children, migrants and the environmentin the United Nations as their Executive Director 

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Hugh Clohessy

Position: Secretary 
Location: Dublin, Ireland

 

Hugh has a broad practice focused on work in the areas of Property, Corporate Finance, Company and Commercial Law and Insolvency. Hugh obtained a BCL from University College Cork and qualified as a solicitor with a leading commercial and banking practice and is a co-founding partner of the firm. He has also obtained diplomas in Commercial Conveyancing, Trust and Estate Planning and Aviation Finance and Leasing.

Hugh acts for and advises companies, partnerships, pension funds, investors, developers and private individuals on the acquisition, development, leasing, financing and disposal of commercial property. Hugh is a member of the Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners and also provides advice across a broad spectrum of insolvency and restructuring matters.

His commercial work also involves advising on company fund raisings, company exits, shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, joint ventures and shareholder and boardroom dispute resolution.

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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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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. Grainne continues to volunteer with Sophia focusing on the Wisdom Centres and her role on the board of directors

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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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Helena O’Donoghue

Position: Board Member
Location: Dublin, Ireland

 

Sr. Helena O’Donoghue is a Mercy Sister and is a board member of several non profit boardss. She is engaged with transition matters in healthcare, education and in services for people affected by homelessness. 

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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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