Governance, Finances and Reporting

Habitat for Humanity Ireland is governed by a board of directors which provides leadership, strategic direction and controls the organisation.

The responsibility of the board includes setting the organisation’s strategic aims, identifying risks affecting the organisation, ensuring procedures are in place to manage the risks identified, approving policies and procedures, agreeing a reporting framework and reporting to stakeholders.  The board’s actions are subject to relevant legislation, regulations and the members in general meetings. No remuneration is paid to Directors for their services on the Board. The board meets regularly and delegates the day-to-day operation of the organisation to the Executive Director, management and staff.

Habitat for Humanity Ireland is signed up to the Dóchas Code of Governance, and is on the journey to compliance with the Governance Code.

President Michael D. Higgins is Patron of Habitat for Humanity Ireland.

Real engagement and meaningful participation by each and every citizen in building community and strengthening civil society is not just a hollow aspiration. The work undertaken by Habitat for Humanity and its partners on this project is a visible manifestation of the kind of transformational change that can take place when people mobilise around a positive vision and follow through with purposeful action.

Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

Board Members

Michael McKiernan
Michael is Chairperson of Habitat for Humanity Ireland’s Board of Directors. He joined the board in October 2011. Michael is an experienced HR and Change Management Director with PwC. He has spent the last 20 years delivering transformation projects across the public and private sectors in the United States, Ireland, Europe, the UK and the Middle East, helping to embed new working practices, behaviour, culture and leadership to improve performance.
Torre Nelson
Torre Nelson joined the board in 2017. Torre is Area Vice President for Habitat for Humanity International Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
David Gunning
David joined the board in 2013. A former CEO of Coillte, he led it to become Ireland’s largest natural resources company. Previously he was a leader for 20 years with blue chip organisations in the technology sector.
Siobhan O'Dowd
Siobhan joined the board in 2012. Siobhan is a Senior Manager in Accenture, currently leading a Global Communications Team. Prior to this, Siobhan headed up Corporate Communications for HP Ireland, and spent ten years as a Concert Promoter for Pod, where she worked with a small team to create the Boutique Music & Arts Festival, Electric Picnic – which continues to be a sell out event today! Siobhan holds an MBA from the Michael Smurfit School of Business at UCD, and Chaired the Alumni Association for three years. Siobhan has 3 children under 3, and is re-locating to Australia for the upcoming year.
Mark Lohan
Mark joined the board in 2015. As a qualified Chartered Accountant, he has 19 years’ experience in Private Companies and FTSE Plcs, and has significant experience in Change Management and Corporate Recovery.
David Ballagh
A solicitor, David joined the board in 2017. David is a partner and has charge of the firm’s Commercial and Property department. His daily life exposes him to aspects of commercial and contract matters, business turnaround and reconstruction with particular interest in the healthcare, life sciences, and energy sectors and has worked with a number of companies in these sectors. He has spent some time seconded to large corporate and public sector clients since qualifying in 2000. He has studied accountancy and belongs to the fifth generation of lawyers in his family.
Frank Kennedy
Frank Kennedy joined the Board in 2017. Frank, an engineer, spent his professional career in senior positions at PM Group, which saw the organisation become one of the world’s leading professional services company. PM Group is an engineering, project management, and architecture firm, operating in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

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Staff

Vinnie Cunningham

Vinnie Cunningham

Chief Executive Officer

vinnie@habitatireland.ie

Mary McGarry

Mary McGarry

International Programme Manager

mary@habitatireland.ie

Noel Keogh

Noel Keogh

Director of Partnership Engagement

noel@habitatireland.ie

Anna Smith

Anna Smith

Communications Manager

anna@habitatireland.ie

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Programme Support Officer

clare@habitatireland.ie

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Habitat for Humanity Ireland is a member of Dóchas. We are signatory to the Code of Good Practice developed by Comhlámh, and the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages.

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For all general enquiries, contact the office on 01 531 0033 or email info@habitatireland.ie