Respond! Board of Directors

The Board of Directors ensure that Respond! complies with the full requirements of Company Law, the legal responsibilities that all Company Directors are subject to and that best practice systems of control and accountability are maintained. The current

Board of Directors include:

John O’Connor (Chairperson)
John O’Connor joined Respond! Board of Directors in December 2016 and was appointed chairman with effect from 1st January 2017. John is also Chairperson of the Board of EirGrid, the electricity transmission market operator for the island of Ireland. He served as Chairman of the Pyrite Resolution Board from 2013 to 2016. From 2000 to 2011, he was the Chairperson of An Bord Pleanála, the independent national tribunal for the determination of planning appeals and strategic infrastructure projects.  Prior to that, he served for 35 years as a civil servant in the Department of the Environment where he occupied senior positions as Finance Officer, Principal Housing Policy and Finance and Assistant Secretary in charge of the Planning and Water Services Division.  He has also served as director of three commercial State Bodies: the Housing Finance Agency, Temple Bar Properties and the Dublin Docklands Development Authority.  He holds a Diploma in Public Administration from UCD.

Brian HennebryBrian Hennebry (Company Secretary):
Brian is a Chartered Accountant and founder of Brian Hennebry Associates Tax Consultants based in Waterford, with nearly thirty years experience in the financial sector. Brian joined Respond! as a Board member in the 1980s when he was asked to assist with the development of the organisation.

 

 

 

JuneAnne FalconerJuneanne Falconer:
Juneanne is an Architect & Partner in C. J. Falconer & Associates  a design, technical, and innovation-led architectural and planning practice which employs over twenty-five talented, qualified, and international, Architects, Technologists and Designers, and generations of experience. Educated at Queen’s University Belfast with a Bachelor’s Degree RIBA Part 2 Canterbury Kent with a Bachelor’s Degree, RIBA Part 1. Waterford Institute of Technology , NCEA Dip Constr ( Arch), June Anne has immense experience working with the public across a broad sector

 

Noel KellyNoel Kelly 
Senior Director Nypro Healthcare Pharmaceutical delivery systems. Noel is an experienced professional Engineer with a higher diploma in applied finance.  He has over 28 years’ experience in the global manufacturing and business environment having held leadership roles with Waterford Crystal, Honeywell and Nypro Healthcare.  He is currently in a senior global management position with Nypro Healthcare a worldwide manufacturer of complex drug delivery devices.

 

 

Katharine LarkinKatharine Larkin:
Katharine Larkin is a Town Planning Consultant and Director of New Ground Ltd.   She has worked in the public and private sectors in the fields of development plans, urban renewal, conservation and policy planning for over 20 years.  Since 2000 she has acted as consultant to numerous public sector and voluntary bodies. Katharine has provided training in Community Planning techniques to large numbers of people and has acted on the Practice Liaison Committee of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, UCD.  Katharine joined the Board of Respond! in 2016.

 

 

Cathal O'ConnellCathal O’Connell
Dr Cathal O’Connell is Professor in social policy at the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork where he is the programme director of the BSocSc Degree. His research and publications are in the area of Irish housing policy, social housing regeneration, housing management and resident participation in estate regeneration.  Cathal has a long term interest in improving access, retention and progression of under- represented groups in third level and is also a member of the Academic Management Board of the Centre for Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) at UCC.  Cathal  joined the Board of Directors of Respond! Housing in 2016.

 

 

Joe O'ConnorJoe O’Connor
Joe qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PWC and worked in various roles in  AIB Capital Markets, a consistently  successful Division of AIB, over an extended period. (Capital Markets business included the Treasury, Corporate Banking and Investment Banking operations of AIB Group.) Joe was a Board Member of that division for 16 years and his roles  included Head of Banking, Head of Risk Management, Finance Director, Head of H. R. and Chief Credit Officer, at different times. Joe was recalled from retirement in 2010 and served on the AIB Group Executive for a number of years.  Currently Joe is Chairman of the Irish AIB DB Pension Fund, which has a membership of  c17,000,and is one of the largest  Pension Funds in Ireland.