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.

The Board of Directors of Sophia wish Tony every success as he leads Sophia in the years ahead.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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