Meet the Team

Parag Joglekar

Parag Joglekar is Head of Development with Respond. He is a registered Architect in Ireland and the UK and holds a Masters degree with distinction in Architecture from University of Leuven, Belgium. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB) in the UK.

Parag has worked in both the private and semi-private sector in Ireland, UK and India. He has extensive experience of over 25 years in Urban Design, Private and Public Housing, Regeneration, Commercial projects, Risk & Asset Management in addition to managing design & construction contracts.

Parag joined Respond in 2001 and currently leads a Development team of 20 construction professionals. He is tasked with delivering Resond’s current strategy of 3,500 homes over a five year period until 2023.

In addition to leading business development, managing client relationships, Parag is responsible for developing strategic partnerships across the private and public sector to deliver long term sustainable developments, Parag is involved in strategic management, negotiating and delivering key development projects which range between €65 million and €15 million.

Parag has been a guest speaker at a number of housing led events hosted by the private, public and voluntary sector. Prior to joining Respond in 2001, he has been involved in commercial and public projects with individual project values of up to €125 million.

Christine Barros

Christine Joan Barros, Senior Development Manager at Respond, is a registered Architect and a member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. She has over 15 years’ post graduate experience. Christine has extensive experience in design, space planning, deep retrofits, project management and contract administration. She has worked on Respond’s in-house construction projects including the 86 unit development in Athy, 161 Mixed-used development in Cookstown Way, Tallaght and the Redevelopment of the High Park Church and Buildings including proposal for 101 new homes. She has also been involved in the acquisition of 31 units at Mountjoy Square, 32 Part V units at Somerton Lucan, 94 units at Finnstown and 40 units in Newcastle amongst other on-going schemes. Christine is responsible for new housing opportunities and delivery in Dublin City, South Dublin, Meath and Westmeath

Prior to joining Respond in 2006, she worked as an Architect in the private sector and was involved in a wide array of projects ranging in value of €50k to €180M including high-end mixed-use residential and commercial developments. 

Liam Fewer

Liam joined Respond in 2000 and has since then held the responsibility for securing funding across the country for the Respond Building programme. Over the last 20 years Liam has gained extensive knowledge of the many funding streams that have operated in the state including CAS, CLS, Affordable Housing Schemes, etc. Prior to joining Respond, Liam worked as a Quantity Surveyor for John Paul Construction and Tolmac Construction. Liam has extensive experience in the many aspects of the provision of social and affordable schemes including standard residential housing, multi-storey residential developments, conservation projects and asset management. Liam works as a Senior Development Managers and is responsible for new housing opportunities and delivery in Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny and Cork.

Laura Firth

Laura is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and a registered member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (MSCSI) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS). Before joining Respond in 2017, Laura was employed as a Cost Manager for Turner and Townsend, working on a variety of projects in both Ireland and the UK. In addition to her residential sector experience, Laura has specialist experience of commercial management in the Aviation sector gained while working for BAA and Heathrow Airport Limited. She has extensive experience in Procurement, Contract Administration, Risk Management and Dispute Resolution. Laura also lectures part-time in Waterford Institute of Technology. Laura works as a Senior Development Manager and is responsible for public works projects across Ireland in addition to new housing opportunities and delivery in Kildare, Laois, Offaly and Tipperary.

Michael Hamill

Michael Hamill is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and has worked in the Construction Industry for over 35 years and was a director for over 20 years with Turner and Townsend. Michael has worked on a number of social & affordable housing & apartments, high end residential developments, commercial projects, retail developments, health and education projects & a number of conservation projects that range from restoration of a listed building on a third level campus to substantial refurbishment of a 5 storey apartment building in London’s west end. Michael was responsible for the overall cost management role in the €1bn Ballymun Regeneration project. Michael has been a guest speaker at a number of Industry led events and provides expert witness services on construction disputes.

Michael has worked on a number of Respond developments including 50 home scheme  at Carrickmacross, 55 homes at Northwood, Ballymun and 28 homes at Dublin Road, Dundalk. He is currently working on a number of projects including 155 homes at Enniskerry Road, Stepaside, 138 homes at Charlestown, Dublin 11; 59 homes at Carrs lane, Dublin 17; 65 homes at Sandyford and 133 homes at Marsh Road, Drogheda etc.

Michael works as a Senior Development Manager and is responsible for new housing opportunities and delivery in Fingal, DLRCC, Louth, Monaghan, Cavan and Roscommon.

Ciara Keenan

Ciara joined Respond in June 2020. Ciara has over 15 years’ experience in the property field; both in private & social housing. Initially working with Sherry FitzGerald New Homes as a Senior Sales Advisor, she collaborated with clients offering a comprehensive service including pre-purchase advice with development land advisors, pricing strategies, planning consultancy right through to unit design and layout, pre-launch strategies, promotion and after sales service and liaison with legal teams. More recently Ciara held the position of Property Manager with a Local Authority with responsibility for Leasing & Acquisition programmes of social housing delivery where she liaised with relevant stakeholders’ including Department of Housing officials, Approved Housing Bodies & private equity funds to successfully deliver the social housing programme.

Ciara has a first class honours degree in Property Studies from Technological University Dublin (TUD) and is a member of Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland (MSCSI) & a RICS registered valuer. Ciara is currently studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management in Trinity College Dublin.

Ciara works as a Senior Development Manager and is responsible for new housing opportunities and delivery across West of Ireland, Wicklow and South Dublin.

Colm Lundy

Colm Lundy is a Chartered Surveyor and a registered member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (MSCSI) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS). with over 30 year’s experience in the Irish property market.

He started his career with Lisney and worked in all aspects of the profession including valuations, compulsory purchase orders, sales, lettings, rent reviews and arbitration work.

He subsequently had responsibility for the property expansion of LIDL in Ireland and also gained considerable asset management experience working in the National Asset Management Agency responsible for resolving the distressed loans form the main Irish pillar banks.

Colm has recently joined the Development team in Respond as a Senior Development Manager and is responsible for new housing opportunities and delivery across Dublin City, Meath and Westmeath. He has been involved in the recent acquisition of 46 apartments at Royal Canal Park in Ashtown and a new 153 unit development currently under construction on the Long Mile Road Dublin.