Board of Directors
José Ospina (Director/Secretary)
José set up Bristol Self Help Housing Association while studying at Bristol University in 1972, being responsible for development and management. He worked in Colombia with the government’s housing agency in 1960 and later as Director of the Colombian Federation of community self-build groups. Back in England he carried out studies in Architecture and Housing Association Development and Finance, and was Development Manager for CHISEL (Co-operative Housing in South East London and South London Family Housing Association in London, responsible for procuring short-term leases, purchase of properties for rehabilitation and development of self-build housing. Moving to Ireland he worked with Novas Group, to set up Tir An Droichead to house homeless street drinkers. He then worked for Cork County Council (Western Region) as Project Manager in the EU funded TRANSFORM Project. He also worked for Dublin City Council (Waste Management Department) as Project Manager of the LIFE Funded Project HEATSUN to promote electronic recycling, reuse and eco-design of computers. He co-founded Carbery Housing Association (2001) and has been Secretary of the Association to date. He has also worked for 10 years as an Expert Evaluator for the European Commission various technology programmes. He currently manages EU Projects for Cork Centre for Architectural Education (UCC), MicroPro Computers, and for NCE Insulation
Caitriona Courtney (Director/Treasurer)
Manager of the energy-hub & NCE Insulation. Focusing on creating more sustainable, energy efficient communities, working on Irish and European projects. Director of Carbery Housing Association for the last 5 years and recently elected Treasurer. Caitríona holds a degree & master’s in architecture from University College Cork and has worked as an architect in Cork and Limerick. Caitríona has a strong interest in sustainable design, having completed a 4 month building Internship at the Hollies Centre for Practical Sustainability in 2011, her undergraduate dissertation titled ‘User Participation & the Evolving Role of the Architect’ focused on involving the end users as part of the design process when creating social housing and her MA thesis focused on creating new strategies for making contemporary cities more socially inclusive.
Dermot O’Regan (Director)
Dermot is a founder member of Carbery Housing Association and is currently a Director of the Association. Dermot has a background in Social Care and has studied for an honours degree at Waterford Institute of Technology achieving a degree in 2005. Dermot has ben an active member of voluntary groups in the local community and was a member of the Steering Committee for the Skibbereen Community and Family Resource Centre, which now operated there. Dermot has been involved with Youth Groups such as Foroige in the community and has been employed by the Health Service Executive since 2997, working with the Drugs and Alcohol Services. Dermot is a family and community orientated person and has two young children. He has been actively involved and strongly believes in the work undertaken by Carbery Housing Association.
Alan Sheerins (Director)
Alan has been Housing Manager with RESPOND! since 2007 and in 2018 began work with Co-ops Ireland as regional Housing Manager. He has been directly responsible for the management of hundreds of properties, ensuring that the backlog of repairs is completed and leasing with residents. He previously worked for Co-op Home Services, housing co-operative in London, and was responsible for a range of activities including making grant applications and commissioning building works, negotiating leases with public and private owners and promoting tenant involvement.
David Simmonds (Director/Chairman)
David is an experienced builder, specialising in Sustainable construction.
Alan Wiseman (Director)
Alan Wiseman graduated in Architectural Technology in 1987 from the Regional Technical College in Cork. Following 6 years in London, England. Set up Wiseman Designs Architectural Consultancy in 1998, providing sustainable architectural design, consultancy, & planning services. Completed course to become a BER assessor and, also in Air Tightness Testing. Devised, researched and delivered a ‘Sustainable Building’ night-course highlighting the importance of energy efficiency in buildings and highlighting best practices and methods involved in sustainable building. The course ran for 8 years, was the first of its kind in the country and was CPD accredited by The Institute of Engineers of Ireland. A 28-week FETAC Level 5 course in Green Building was researched and presented by Wiseman Designs, covering all aspects of sustainable building. Wiseman Designs continues to provide architectural consultancy, focusing on residential scale projects.
Dan Boyle (Director)
Cork City Councillor, 1991-2002 Chair of Environment Committee, Chair of Arts Committee
Member of National Economic and Social Council 1998-2002
Member of the City of Cork Vocational Committee 1999-2002
Chair of Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, Further Education College
Chair of Nagle Community College
Vice President of the National Youth Council of Ireland 2000/1
TD (Member of Parliament- Dáil Éireann) representing Cork South Central constituency. 2002-2007
Parliamentary Party Whip 2002-2007
Member of Public Accounts Committee, rappateur of report on Public Private Partnerships
Member and Deputy Leader of Seanad Éireann (Upper House of Parliament) 2007-2011
Chair of the Green Party/Comhaontas Glas 2007-2011
Member of Public Participation Networks, Cork City and County Councils.
30 years experience of community development.
Ian McNinch (Director)
Ian trained as an Architect and now works as a sculptor in West Cork. See www.ianmcninch.com
Ana Ospina (Operations Manager)
Ana is a project manager and creative producer with extensive experience of coordinating, managing and delivering creative and cultural projects of all shapes and sizes. She holds an MA from Central St Martins College of Art and Design. Since 2005 she has helped devise, develop and deliver a variety of art and design projects around the UK for a range of public and private sector clients, including regeneration specialists, local authorities, housing associations, architects, private developers, arts organisations, museums and schools. She has a passion for sustainability, both in terms of the built environment as well as in a community context. She moved back to West Cork from London in April 2017 and since then has been working on a range of local arts and cultural projects. She is currently employed part-time by CHA. To see her creative work, visit: www.analuciaospina.com.