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

Chair of the Finance Commitee

Michael McCarthy is the C.E.O of the Irish Solar Energy Association and they represent all of the providers of solar energy and their members plan to make a major contribution to helping Ireland meet its climate change objectives. Michael is a former Labour TD and Senator and a former Chair of Oireacthas Committee on Housing and was Appointed Chairman of the National Oversight Audit Commission by Eoghan Murphy TD Minister for Planning, Housing and Local Government in  2018.

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Dr Liz Murphy RSM

Company Secretary

Liz Murphy is a former 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.


Jean Quinn D.W

Founder and Former C.E.O

Jean is a Daughter of Wisdom who having worked with Focus Ireland for a number of years saw a need for a different type of housing, one which provided wrap-around holistic supports and in 1997 she founded Sophia. Jean's tireless work has lead her to take up the role of Executive Director of  UNANIMA International a United Nations-based coalition of Catholic congregations focused on concerns of women, children, migrants, and the environment. She advocates for people who experience homelessness at a national and international level.  


Majella Gallagher

Board Member

Majella Gallagher is the former Managing Director of Irish Examiner Media Group having previously held the position of HR Director for the Irish Times and Examiner.

Before her role working with the Examiner Media Group Majella worked in investment banking. 

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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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Elizabeth Madden


Liz Madden is a Community Activist and advocate. She works with the Cork Anti-Poverty Network and with Men Overcoming Violence. Liz is also  lecturer with Centre for Adult Education in UCC.  She has an MA in Women's Studies and is a co-organiser of Cork Feminista, a Cork based feminist group

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Sr Ann Marie Quinn PBVM

Board Member

Sr Ann Marie Quinn PBVM has worked in educator  and community development  for many years. With her Presentation Sisters  she founded "Notschool  Ireland " and  currently is a board member of the award-winning Irish digital education non-profit  iScoil. Ann Marie is Executive Director of the International Presentation Association which advocates for Social Justice at the United Nations in New York. 


Andy Caffrey

Board Member

Andy Caffrey is the Finance Director with Chime, the national charity for deafness and hearing loss. Andy has years of experience working in non-profit finance and management and is a graduate from UCD.