Circle VHA employs a range of staff to deliver our housing management and estate management services to our tenants and residents. All of our staff has relevant expertise, professional capacity and previous experience of working in their area of responsibility in commercial, statutory and voluntary agencies.
Justin O’Brien has been chief executive of Circle VHA since it was founded in 2003. He has worked previously in areas of housing, homelessness, social work and child care in both statutory bodies and the Non-Governmental Organisation sector. He was a senior manager in Focus Point / Focus Ireland and established and developed a range of day services and housing provision over a 17-year period. He is a qualified social worker and child care worker. He is currently president of the Irish Council for Social Housing.
Anne O’Meara is finance director at Circle VHA, she has been with the Association since 2005. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds a degree in Business Management. Prior to joining Circle VHA, Anne was employed in the property and facilities management industry and the financial services sector for more than 10 years. Anne is the Republic of Ireland representative on the National Housing Federation (UK and Ireland) Housing Statement of Recommended Practice working party.
Tom Gifford is a senior housing manager at Circle VHA. Prior to joining the Association in September 2013, Tom worked in the homelessness sector, where he managed supported accommodation for St Mungo’s and Thames Reach in London. Tom has also worked in the intellectual disabilities sector, as a legal clerk and as an information officer for a large mental health charity. Tom has a BA in Law and Politics from the University of London and is currently completing a Diploma in Housing Studies with the Institute for Public Administration in Dublin.
Pat Costelloe is a property management surveyor with a 25-year career in construction and property. He has responsibility for both the Circle VHA business development objectives within the company’s strategic business plan and asset management strategies for existing and emerging stock within the portfolio. He previously worked as group property manager for the Rehab Group and as development manager with NewGrove Housing Association Ltd. He has extensive project development and management, acquisition leasing and disposal, along with portfolio management experience.