Senior Management Team

Senior Management Team

CEO, Sam McGuinness joined Dublin Simon Community in 2004 as CEO. Sam’s career has spanned 25 years in General Management working in Ireland and abroad in the Financial Services, Technology and Healthcare Sectors. His areas of expertise include driving Strategy Development, Service Delivery and Change Management. Sam is a member of the Simon Communities of Ireland Board and has held the position of Chair and Vice Chair of the Homeless Network (Dublin) in the recent past. Sam has been involved at a detailed level in the reviews and evaluations of the Homeless sector since 2008. He has participated extensively in the development of the ‘Pathway to Home’ Blueprint and Implementation Plan, which resulted in the recent Government approved reconfiguration plan for all Statutory and non-Statutory agencies involved in Homelessness in the Dublin Region.

 

Head of Housing and Property, Catherine Kenny
Catherine Kenny joined Dublin Simon Community in 2001 as a project worker and held a number of positions before progressing to Head of Housing in 2007. During this time Catherine built on her Diploma in Social Studies to achieve an Honours Degree in Industrial Relation and Human Resource Management BA (Hons) and a Masters Degree in Strategic Management. Catherine has been committed to sectoral engagement consistently during this time being involved in numerous initiatives such as Sectoral Accommodation Co-ordination Group (DRHE), Long Term Accommodation Group (DRHE), Homeless Network, one of founder’s of Sector Heads Group, Sector Sub Group of MAG regarding Sex Offenders, Reconfiguration of Sector Meetings.

 

Head of Treatment and Enterprise, Majella Darcy
Majella Darcy RPN, RGN, Dip Gerentology, MA Development Studies has managed homelessness and displaced population overseas and in Ireland from a service delivery, education and healthcare perspective and has over nine years’ service with Dublin Simon Community. Having worked with a number of non-profit organisations and statutory bodies including the HSE, Majella brought a wealth of experience to Dublin Simon Community.
Majella’s remit includes leading the teams that look after a residential low threshold Alcohol and Benzodiazepine Detoxification unit; a residential low threshold Recovery unit; Aftercare support post treatment; a Stabilisation/Respite unit for homeless clients living with HIV and other blood borne viruses. She also manages the addiction specific in-reach homeless action team; Sure Steps counselling service; shops and social enterprise; and client participation and development which encompasses health and wellbeing, literacy programmes, client involvement and action, and the arts. Overarching all these services is a robust clinical governance structure with the clinical lead reporting directly to Majella and the Audit Subcommittee of the Board. Majella’s more recent achievements include the change management process in Ushers Island which included the transfer of the HSE HIV Respite Unit to Dublin Simon Community from Cherry Orchard, the change from Rehab to Recovery and lowering the overall Ushers Island service threshold, and the development of a comprehensive counselling service that is tailored to the needs of homeless clients. She has developed the client involvement programme to include volunteering and employment opportunities for clients, and the “Speak Outs” which is run by clients and a vibrant client action group. Majella is currently involved in the Development of the Ushers Island Complex site and developing strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in the area of Treatment and Enterprise.

 

Head of Finance and Corporate Services, Martin Hannigan
Martin joined Dublin Simon Community in 2007. Martin brought a number of years of varied and international experience to Dublin Simon Community from the private sector. He has used this experience to see the organisation through significant change and has continuously ensured professional financial reporting and effective management processes including introducing strong budgetary controls and processes. Martin introduced strong fiduciary controls to Dublin Simon Community including an internal audit process and related Risk Management process. Martin is also our company Secretary and ensures Dublin Simon Community meets and maintains the highest standards to meet our statutory and legal requirements including good corporate Governance. Martin developed the IT function including introducing new Finance, Procurement, HR, Property management, banking, and Housing management systems to respond to the continued expansion and changing requirements of the organisation.
Martin is a member of the national ICSH National Finance Steering Group. Responsible for Company secretarial and Governance of organisation including help setup current board structure and committees especially the Audit and Risk committee.



Senior Manager for Human Resources, Eibhlín Quinn 
With HR experience in manufacturing and commercial settings in the UK & Ireland, Eibhlin joined Dublin Simon Community in 2013 as HR manager. Eibhlin brought with her experience of many elements of HR, process improvement & system implementation. She is a business graduate from the University of Limerick and in her career to date has obtained qualifications in Management and Occupational Health & Safety. Eibhlin is a member of the professional body, CIPD. Since joining Dublin Simon Community she has introduced a number of HR process improvement initiatives and has ensured the HR operations are managed to a high standard. Eibhlin has guided the team in 2 successful Excellence through People visits.

 

Senior Manager for Emergency Services, Claire McSweeney
Claire McSweeney has a Social Science (Hons) degree from UCD, Diploma in Addiction Studies from DBS, Certificate in Homeless Prevention and Intervention from DCU and an MA in Managing Community and Voluntary organisations from DCU. Claire is a qualified data protection practitioner. Claire has been with Dublin Simon Community since 2005 and has worked in emergency accommodation, long term accommodation, and as a team member on in the interagency Dublin Region Housing First Demonstration project. Claire also brings experience from working in a detox service in New Zealand. Claire has been a service manager in Harcourt St. supported temporary accommodation and in our Quality and Practice office.

 



 
Annual Reviews

Annual Reviews

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