Meet the team

Ken O Heiligh - Foscadh Housing

Ken O'Heiligh

Chief Executive Officer

Ken joined Foscadh Housing in 2000. He works closely with the Board of Directors and the Audit and Risk Committee, and leads a dedicated team that underpins the Association’s development, property management and community programs. Since joining Foscadh Housing, Ken has brought to practical completion a €12 million CLSS funded scheme in Drogheda, completing the final phases of the 69-home Lia Bhrega development with the introduction of private finance, CALF and the Payment and Availability Scheme. Under the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan, he has continued to increase the supply of high-quality homes in counties Laois and Louth. Ken was also instrumental in securing Certified Body Status for Foscadh Housing from the Housing Finance Agency in 2016, and delivering the Association’s first Mortgage to Rent scheme 2019. He was elected as a member the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) in 2018 and is a representative on the Tier 3 HFA Approved Working Group. Ken has been a driving force in Foscadh Housing’s strategy to develop empowered, integrated communities. He has played a central role in the creation and implementation of programs that empower residents to make a difference to the health and sustainability of their community, resulting in the Association’s 2019 award for Community Integration in Housing from the ICSH. In 2019 Ken also launched the Loving Life Choir to provide children from the Moneymore area (Co Louth) a safe, friendly and inclusive environment to enjoy singing together, find inspiration from song lyrics and develop the confidence to face challenges with a positive mindset. Ken has over 30 years’ experience in management and construction and holds Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, a qualification in Business Studies and Entrepreneurship and a Housing Development and Housing Management Certificate. He also holds a National Craft Certificate and has instructed in carpentry, joinery and building construction.

John MacCormaic

Finance Manager

John is a Certified Public Accountant and Qualified Certified Tax Advisor and holds a Postgraduate Diploma of Science in Accounting and Finance Management, and Diploma in Investments, Securities and Compliance from Griffith College; a Master of Science in Business and Finance from the Institute of Public Administration; and a Marketing Certificate from Dublin City University. He is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland and regularly engages in continuing professional education to ensure his knowledge in accounting remains at the cutting edge. He is also qualified in Irish Sign Language at Level 3. John brings extensive experience in community housing throughout Ireland and in the United Kingdom to Foscadh Housing. He has more than two decades of experience in finance and corporate governance in large and indigenous industries including housing, hotels and retail chains. In particular, John held the positions of Finance Manager at a new developing AHB where he was instrumental in the organisation achieving AHB status, and Finance and Corporate Governance Manager at Co-operation Housing where he developed management information systems, managed risk and was responsible for budgeting and governance oversight of centralised and decentralised financial records. In his spare time, John is a keen sportsman and has previously competed in the An Rás Tailteann, Ireland's elite bicycle race. He is a mentor and Covid 19 officer of the ladies minor GAA football team in Malahide and is involved in fundraising and networking for matches. He has also served on several committees and held posts including Honorary Chair, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer for charities of educational and sporting backgrounds. ).

Naoimh O'Brien - Foscadh Housing

Naoimh O’Brien

Housing & Development Manager

As Housing & Development Manager, Naoimh plays a central role in the provision of high-quality housing and maintenance services, governance and compliance, and the delivery of turnkey properties. She is responsible for lettings and allocations, repairs and estate issues alongside the management of a capable team of front-line staff to deliver Foscadh’s responsive property management services. Naoimh also works closely with Foscadh’s stakeholders and multi-disciplinary teams to deliver acquisitions and new builds to the highest standard. Naoimh joined Foscadh in 2006 and has led a range of innovations including the introduction of the Association’s Tenant and Housing Management system and the implementation of the formal risk framework. She has also played a key role in finance and governance, working closely with the Association’s auditors and ensuring compliance requirements are met. Naoimh holds a degree in Management and Administration in Financial Accounting (DKIT), a Housing Management Certificate, a Certificate in Applied Business Studies (NCI), a Certificate in Data Protection from the IPA and accreditations from Sage.

Helen Doogan - Foscadh Housing

Helen Doogan

Tenant Liaison Officer

Helen joined Foscadh Housing in January 2017 in the role of Tenant Liaison Officer. She works closely with the CEO and the Housing & Development Manager to provide a range of high-quality services to Foscadh tenants including tenancy and housing advice, repairs and maintenance, problem solving and issues management, and the delivery of pre-tenancy training courses. Helen is also responsible for coordination of Foscadh’s popular Neighbour’s Day event, a key event on Foscadh’s annual calendar that supports the development of integrated, thriving communities. With more than ten years’ experience in busy office environments, Helen brings a wealth of organisational and communication skills to her current role to provide a structured and supportive service to tenants. She holds a Certificate in Housing Management (Mental Health Early Intervention) from The Housing Agency and a FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Special Needs.

Claire Byrne

Housing Officer

Claire joined Foscadh Housing in January 2021, in the role of Housing Officer where she provides day-to-day support to tenants and their representatives across all areas of housing management. She is very people-centric and enjoys providing a supportive and outcomes-oriented service that spans pre-tenancy training, rent assessments and managing tenancy arrears to carrying out inspections, coordinating maintenance and repairs and identifying opportunities for continuous improvement. She has ten years’ experience working in the social care and housing sector and has held roles including Tenancy Support and Sustainment Worker (North East Region) for the Peter McVerry Trust, Youth Accommodation Manager at St Vincent DePaul and manager of the accommodation programme for a youth homeless resource centre in the west Australian capital of Perth. Claire studied Health Promotion and Physical Activity at Dundalk Institute of Technology, completed a certificate in Community Addiction Studies and is currently undertaking a Professional Diploma in Housing Studies through the Institute of Public Administration. She is also an avid sportsperson and in her spare time, plays Gaelic Football with her local club where she is also the Chairperson. She also coaches the club’s Under 16s ladies’ team and the Under 16s Louth ladies’ team.