Our Board

Dublin Simon Community is fully committed to upholding the highest standards of Corporate Governance. We believe that maintaining these high standards is an integral to demonstrating accountability to those who fund and support our work. It also ensures that the organization is proactive and responsive in order to achieve the goals of Dublin Simon Community.

Dublin Simon Community is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors. It is made up of experienced and driven people in the fields of Human Resources, management, finance communications, education and IT. The Board is advised by a number of expert committees and is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the charity.

There are three committees that also report directly to the Board on a regular basis. These are:

1. Audit and Risk
2. Strategy & Property
3. Fundraising & Communications

Board of Dublin Simon Community

All directors are voluntary and receive no remuneration. The Board meets 11 times per year and has its AGM annually in July of each year.

Padraig McKeon, Chair

Padraig McKeon, Chair

Padraig McKeon is an independent communications and business management advisor and leader with over 30 years experience working in and with senior management teams in Irish and international business, in the public service and in the not-for-profit sector.

A graduate of Communications Studies from DCU, he holds post graduate qualifications in Accounting, Project Management, Innovation Management and Training. He was conferred as a fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII) in 2013 and completed the Institute of Directors Diploma in Company Direction in 2014.

Padraig began his career in the Public Relations industry in 1986 and was Managing Director of one of the leading firms in that sector from 2003 to 2010.

He has a range of prior board experiences, is currently on two other commercial and two non-profit boards and was previously a Trustee and a member of the Governing Authority of DCU.

Padraig joined the board of Dublin Simon Community in 2009 and was Chair of the board subcommittee on Fundraising and Communications from 2013 – 2016.

Roma Burke

Roma Burke

Roma acts as an Independent Non-Executive Director for the Dublin Simon Community. She is a consulting actuary and a member of the Pensions Council, established by the Minister of Social Protection to advise on pension matters. Roma is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland, is a qualified financial adviser, holds a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors and a MA in Theoretical Physics from Trinity College Dublin.

Dympna Dolan

Dympna Dolan

Dympna works as a teacher in the further education sector and where she is a member of the senior management team. She was elected to the Board of Dublin Simon Community in 2006 and held a number of positions including Board Chairperson and Chair of a number of Board committees. She joined Dublin Simon Community in 1999 and spent six years as a volunteer on the Soup Run service. Dympna was drawn to Dublin Simon Community through its practical and all-inclusive ethos espoused in it’s commitment to addressing homelessness in Dublin.

Philip Flynn

Philip Flynn

Philip Flynn is an independent executive/consultant and also holds a number of non-executive directorships.

He is currently Chairman of ILEX Urban Regeneration Company Ltd., appointed to that position by the First Minister & Deputy First Minister of N.I in Sept. 2013. Ilex was established to promote the physical, economic and social regeneration of Derry Londonderry. Until 2013, Philip served for 10 years as Chief Executive Officer of The Digital Hub a state agency established by Government to lead and accelerate the development of Ireland’s digital economy.

Before this, Philip worked for 15 years as a senior executive in the ICT sector: initially with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in Ireland and through international relocations at European HQ in Geneva and W/W HQ in Massachusetts U.S.A and subsequently as VP of International Operations with Visio Corporation which was acquired by Microsoft and as Group CEO of Orbiscom which was acquired by MasterCard.

He is also a member of the governance board of LERO the Irish national software research centre at University of Limerick and a board member of IMRO the Irish Music Rights Organisation. He is a long-standing member of the Institute of Directors (IOD).

Liam Halpin

Liam Halpin

Liam is the Head of Sales Solutions for Europe, Middle East and Africa with LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network. Liam has worked in Ireland, UK and Germany during his 25 year career working in senior management positions at a number of multinational brands in the tech sector. Prior to joining LinkedIn in July 2016, Liam spent five years at Dell where he initially represented Dell as Ireland General Manager and was then appointed Executive Director for Dell’s PC business in Western Europe. Liam is married with five grown up children is originally from and currently lives in Co. Kildare.

Seamus Kearney

Seamus Kearney

Seamus is Group Chief Executive Officer at Valeo Foods and joined the company from Jacob Fruitfield where he was Chief Operating Officer from 2006, and Managing Director from 2007. Seamus has extensive experience in senior management and was Chief Operating Officer with Aer Lingus Group plc where he worked for 17 years. He also serves as a Non-Executive Director of Keelings Group.

Kevin Loughran

Kevin Loughran

Kevin Loughran is the Managing Director of Inventise Business Solutions Limited and brings a wealth of IT, communications and management experience to the board. Before being elected to the board of Dublin Simon Community, Kevin volunteered with several Dublin Simon Community Services ranging from the soup run to housing services.

Prof Aidan McCormick

Prof Aidan McCormick

Professor McCormick is a Consultant Gastroenterologist/Hepatologist at St Vincents Hospital, Dublin. He is also an Honorary consultant physician at the National maternity Hospital and Our ladys Hospital for Sick children, Crumlin. 

He has over 160 peer reviewed publications – the vast majority related to research in clinical liver disease. He has participated in clinical trials in portal hypertension, liver transplantation, hepatitis C treatment, primary biliary cirrhosis and alcoholic liver disease.

Niall Saul

Niall Saul

Niall Saul is currently Executive Chairman of Symbio HR Solutions (Symbio) and has over 30 years experience in the areas of HRM, Organisation Development, Industrial Relations, Restructuring and Change Management in a series of major companies. Before joining Symbio, Niall was Group Head of HR and Organisation Development with Irish Life and Permanent.

He is an adjunct professor of The National College of Ireland, a board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Fás (the Industrial Training Authority) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and holds a Master’s Degree in Change Management, (HEC/INSEAD).

Senior Management Team

Sam McGuinness, 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.

Catherine Kenny, Head of Housing and Property

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.

Majella Darcy, Head of Treatment and Enterprise

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.

Martin Hannigan, Head of Finance and Corporate Services

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.

Brian Ingarfield, Head of Fundraising and Communications

Brian joined Dublin Simon Community in 2017 after a twenty-five year career in general management in the private sector with leadership positions in the technology, travel, logistics, retail and franchising sectors in Ireland, UK, Spain and Italy. He also has broad experience in non-profit, travel, insurance and education sectors. Brian is also a committed volunteer at the Dublin Simon Community Social Club, a mentor on the Irish Executive Mentoring Programme and a guest tutor on the Trinity College Dublin MBA Programme. He gained a Masters from the Irish Management Institute in 2014.

Eibhlín Quinn, Senior Manager for Human Resources

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 and 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 two successful Excellence through People visits.

Claire McSweeney, Senior Manager for Emergency Services

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 Street supported temporary accommodation and in our Quality and Practice office.