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Sophia is dedicated to meeting all Governance and Regulatory requirements for the Housing Sector and the Not for Profit Sector. Sophia is committed to attaining the standards outlined for Tier 3 Approved Housing Bodies by the Regulation Office for Approved Housing Bodies. 

In particular, Sophia prioritises adherence to the Financial, Performance and Governance Standards for Approved Housing Bodies as produced by the Regulation Office for Approved Housing Bodies.


Sophia is also committed to adhering to the Charities Governance Code which sets out a mandatory standard for governance in Irish charities.

Meet Our Board

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Michael McCarthy

Chairperson of the Board of Directors

Michael McCarthy is the Director of Cloud Infrastructure Ireland, which focuses on the infrastructure policy issues that affect cloud providers. Michael is also the former C.E.O of the Irish Solar Energy Association. Michael is a former Labour TD and Senator and a former Chair of the Oireacthas Committee on Housing, a Member of the Oireachtas Public Accountant Committee  and was Appointed Chairman of the National Oversight Audit Commission by Eoghan Murphy T.D when he was Minister for Planning, Housing and Local Government in 2018. Michael was reappointed to this role by Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O Brien T.D in 2023.

Olwyn Enright


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Seamus Dooley


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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Pauline Byrne


Pauline is Partner and Head of Planning at Brady Shipman Martin, a prominent planning, landscape, and environmental firm in Ireland. With over 20 years of experience, she specialises in large-scale master planning and strategic planning, including notable work in China. Pauline has expertise in urban planning strategies, policy development, major city initiatives, infrastructure projects, public transport, industrial development, and arbitration cases. She holds a Master's in Regional and Urban Planning from UCD and a B.Sc. (Mgmt) from Trinity College Dublin.


Michael Lee

Company Secretary


Majella Gallagher

Board Member

Majella Gallagher is a HR professional with over 20 years experience in media and publishing . In addition to her role as HR Director of The Irish Times Group of companies, she also served as Managing Director of the Irish Examiner and Echo publications.  Majella has a career history of successful leadership, particularly in the areas of managing and delivering organisational change, managing industrial and employee relations and in supporting diversity and inclusion. She played a key role in the acquisition and successful merger of the examiner group of publications, which now form an important part of the portfolio of companies, within the Irish Times Group. 

Child Safeguarding Statement

Sophia Housing is fully committed to safeguarding the well-being of all the children and young people with whom we work. Every member of staff has a responsibility and duty of care to ensure that every young person and child engaging with Sophia as part of the work of Sophia is safe and protected from harm within the meaning of the Children First Act 2015.

Please read our statement in full HERE

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