Circle VHA is a legally incorporated company limited by guarantee and is required to have a board of directors. The Circle VHA board consists of eight members, who each have considerable expertise and experience in areas such as housing policy and development, organisational management, financial management and legal expertise.
The directors are volunteers who are not directly responsible for the delivery of our housing services. They do have ultimate responsibility for the good governance of the organisation, company policies, strategy and the achievement of our mission. They are paid no fees or other earnings by Circle VHA.
The Board meets on average eight times per year. It also has three sub-committees – Finance and Strategy Committee, Internal Audit and Risk Committee, Human Resources Committee. These committees review policies, proposed acquisitions and Circle VHA’s services and management and report to the Board.
Jerome Casey is an economist by profession. He has provided economic analysis for the construction and transport industries over the past 40 years.
Fr Pat Carolan is an Oblate Father in Dublin. He was formerly director of Conway House in London - a hostel and accommodation centre for Irish emigrants in London. He has established and developed the Oblate Basketball Club in Inchicore, which provides a range of sporting and community activity for the Inchicore area.
Tom Corcoran is a retired assistant secretary of the Department of the Environment. As a Principal Officer in the Department he had responsibility for housing policy.
Jane Doyle is a town planner by profession. She has previously worked in that role with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and was a board member of An Bord Pleaneala. She is currently a planning consultant.
Chris Ellison is a consultant to housing associations. He was a senior manager in the Circle Housing Group in England. He has extensive experience of managing and developing both general needs and supported housing schemes.
Jim Murphy is an architect by profession. He has extensive experience in both Ireland and abroad as a practicing architect and has lectured in the School of Architecture in University College Dublin.
David Williams is a management consultant in social housing. Previously, he was group director of business growth in the Circle Housing Group, which is one of the larger associations in England with over 70,000 units of accommodation. He has extensive experience of both housing management and development over a 30-year period. He is a senior partner with Campbell Tickell in the UK.
Aoife Watters is finance director with De Paul Ireland, one of the larger homeless organisations in Ireland. She is an accountant by profession and has worked previously in the private sector.
Circle VHA Finance Director, Anne O’Meara is company secretary.
The Board is assisted by three committees that are authorised to make recommendations:
(Chair, Aoife Watters)
The committee members are Aoife Watters, Jerome Casey and Larry Tuomey, who is an external member. Their role is to review the internal control systems and reporting, review the external audit and risk management policies. They also meet with our auditors and review the financial statements for the auditing of our accounts.
(Chair, Tom Corcoran)
The committee members are Tom Corcoran, Jerome Casey, and Jim Murphy. The role of the committee is to review the proposed strategic and business plans, examine budgets for each calendar year and proposed acquisitions via loan finance.
(Chair, Fr Pat Carolan)
The committee members are Fr Pat Carolan and Jane Doyle. The role of the committee is to review the company’s human resources policies, staffing levels and remuneration of staff.