Tina-Marie O’Neill, Property Editor, The Sunday Business Post

Tina Marie O’Neill was appointed Property Editor of The Sunday Business Post in 2014. O’Neill has worked with The Sunday Business Post since 2000, contributing to a variety of sections of the newspaper, including world news, general reporting and covering food for the Magazine. She has a Masters degree in Politics from UCD, and a diploma in interior design.​

Jack Horgan-Jones, Chief Reporter, The Sunday Business Post

Jack Horgan-Jones is a Chief Reporter with The Sunday Business Post. Horgan-Jones is a lead contributor on Ireland to the Economist Intelligence Unit, and has previously worked with the news website TheJournal.ie, and the energy trade magazine reNews. A Dublin native, he holds a BA in history and an MA in Media and International Conflict from UCD.

Anna Minton, Writer, Journalist and Academic

Anna Minton is a British writer, journalist, and academic. Born 19 April 1970, educated at Queen’s College, Oxford, Minton has worked as a foreign correspondent, business reporter and social affairs writer and has won a number of national journalism awards. She is the author of Big Capital: Who is London For? (Penguin, 2017) and Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty-First Century City (Penguin, 2009).

After a decade in journalism, including a period spent as a staff member of the Financial Times. Anna began to focus on larger projects for various think tanks and policy organizations, which culminated in her writing her first book, Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty-First Century City (Penguin, 2009) which is a book that looks at the ownership of various UK cities to investigate the effect and nature of public space. Her interest in public space took root when she wrote a series of reports on the polarisation and privatisation of cities. The first, ‘Building Balanced Communities’, was originally published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2002 and focused on gated communities and ghettos in the United States, questioning to what extent these trends were also being transported to the United Kingdom. The second, ‘Northern Soul’ (Demos and the RICS, 2003) looked at polarization and culture in the British city of Newcastle, while her third and final report, ‘What Kind of World Are We Building?’ (RICS, 2006) investigated the growing privatisation of public space in the United Kingdom.

She is a Reader in Architecture at the University of East London where she is Programme Leader of UEL’s new post graduate MRes course, Reading the Neoliberal City. In 2016 she co-edited, with Paul Watt, a special edition of the journal CITY, focusing on the housing crisis, which informed research for Big Capital. She is a regular contributor to The Guardian, writing often on housing, cities, democracy and public space. She is a regular conference speaker and frequent broadcaster. She lives in South London with her partner Martin Pickles, who is an animator, and their two sons.

Eoghan Murphy, TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government

Eoghan Murphy TD was appointed to Cabinet as the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government in June 2017 by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Prior to that he served as Minister of State at the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, with special responsibility for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement. He is a member of Fine Gael and represents the constituency of Dublin Bay South. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 2011, and was subsequently re-elected in 2016. Between 2009 and 2011 he served as a Councillor on Dublin City Council for the Pembroke-Rathmines ward. Before his appointment as Minister of State, Eoghan served on the Banking Inquiry, the Public Accounts Committee, the Dáil Reform Committee, as Head of the Oireachtas delegation to the OSCE, and as Chairperson of the Fine Gael Transport, Tourism and Sport Committee. Prior to entering politics, Eoghan worked in the area of international arms control, and was based in London, Geneva and Vienna, working at various times for NGOs and the UN. He spent two years as speechwriter and advisor to the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation in Vienna. Eoghan went to school at Star of the Sea and St. Michael’s College, Dublin. He graduated from UCD with a first class honours degree in English and Philosophy. He then achieved an MA in International relations at King’s College, UCL. In 2013, he was awarded a Marshall Memorial Fellowship to the US. In his spare time Eoghan likes reading biographies, running and watching sport.

Michael O’Flynn, Chairman and Chief Executive, O’Flynn Group

Michael is the Chairman and CEO of the O’Flynn Group. Established in 1978, as a house building company and which progressed into one of the largest property development companies in Ireland. O’Flynn Group has extensive investment, development, and asset management capability in the core property sectors (especially residential, offices, industrial and retail). The Group has an established and strong reputation overseas particularly in the UK but also across Europe. It also has expertise in property backed operating businesses such as student accommodation and senior living. Michael is a leading figure in the Irish and UK property sectors, and is widely recognised for his experience and expertise. His insights on the Irish property market and construction sector are often sought by print and broadcast media. Michael is actively involved in representing the policy objectives of the property sector in Ireland. He is a founding member of Property Industry Ireland and is a former Chairman of the Cork branch of the Construction Industry Federation.

Mike Forde Bradley, Partner, ZESO Architects – An Irishman living in Denmark

Mick Forde Bradley is partner and part-owner of ZESO Architects, an award winning, business-savvy, progressive office in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mick has vast experience working in international contexts having previously worked in Cork, Dublin, London, Sydney, Beijing and has spent the last 12 years in Denmark building up ZESO Architects. He has been an intrinsic part of the office’s explosive success and growth, and has since June 2017 been tasked with interpreting the knowledge and experience gained from the Danish building industry for introduction to the Irish market. On top of an architectural education from DIT and UCD, he has since qualified as a DGNB sustainability expert in housing, office and city planning,  has an executive education in business development from Copenhagen Business School, sits in the expert group to the Committee regarding sustainability at Danske Ark but, perhaps most importantly of all, he’s a Corkman.

Dermot O’Leary, Chief Economist, Goodbody Stockbrokers

Dermot O’Leary is Chief Economist with Goodbody Stockbrokers, a position he has held since November 2004. He is responsible for the economics output of the research department. This role entails providing commentary and analysis for a large range of domestic and international clients through regular research reports and briefings. He is also a member of the company’s asset allocation committee. During Ireland’s adjustment programme with the EU/IMF, he was a regular private sector participant in the missions. He is a regular contributor to economic debate in the domestic and international media (cited in the Financial Times, New York Times, Irish Times, among others) and author of a journal paper on deleveraging. He has been the Number 1 Irish economist in the annual Extel awards for the past five years.

Orla Hegarty, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin

Orla Hegarty is Course Director for the Professional Diploma (Architecture). This post-graduate programme is the final professional examination for architectural graduates leading to entry to the ‘Register for Architects’ in Ireland. Orla was previously in architectural practice in Ireland, UK and France and began contributing to the UCD Professional Practice programme in 1998, before becoming Course Director in 2004. She has been an examiner for the RIAI Professional Practice Examination (1996-2003), she was actively involved in the RIAI Board of Architectural Education (1996-2014) and is a member of the Association of Professional Studies Advisors in Architecture (APSAA) in the UK (2008-date). Her research interests include the construction industry in Ireland, housing, construction procurement and construction regulation and enforcement, professional practice, professional regulation, energy efficiency and sustainable development. She is a Registered Architect in Ireland, a member of the RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland), the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and an External Examiner at Kingston University, London (2014-18) and Birmingham School of Art and Design (2018-21).

Marie Hunt, Executive Director and Head of Research, CBRE

More than 20 years ago, Marie Hunt established the research department at CBRE Ireland, which is now regarded as one of the most authoritative sources of property information in the Irish market. A regular commentator in the Irish media on property matters, Marie produces a range of property market publications and carries out specialist consultancy work on behalf of a broad range of institutional, private and public sector clients of the Irish business. Marie is an Executive Director of CBRE in Ireland. Marie is a chartered surveyor and a Fellow of the Society of Chartered Surveyors, Ireland. In 2017, Marie was awarded Businesswoman of the Year by Image Magazine in Ireland.

Andrew Kinsella, National Coordinator, Urban Land Institute

Andrew Kinsella has been National Coordinator for the Urban Land Institute in Ireland since 2015. With over 40,000 members globally ULI is a multi-disciplinary real estate organisation promoting the responsible use of land and the development of sustainable, thriving communities. Members in Ireland include leading real estate practitioners including developers, agents, planners, architects and professional services companies. It includes both private and public sector members. Andrew produced ‘Build To Rent: A Best Practice Guide for Ireland’ and contributed to a number of other reports including ‘Exploring Better Rental Options for Ireland’ which looked at the cost rental model for the provision of new homes.

In his role as coordinator he liaises with the many companies and organisations responsible for urban development in Ireland with a focus on sharing best practice and addressing key issues and challenges in urban development. He runs his own consultancy business and has worked in Ireland and Europe for a number of multinational FMCG companies in senior marketing roles. He holds a B. Comm from UCD and studied Innovation and New Business Development in DCU.

Eoin Drea, Economist, Wilfred Martens Centre for European Studies

Dr. Eoin Drea is Senior Research Officer at the centre-right think tank the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies in Brussels. He is a former Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar in University College Cork where his PhD focussed on the historic development of the Anglo-Irish banking system. He holds over 7 years experience working as an economist in the planning and development sectors in Ireland and the UK. His specialisms include socio-economic analysis, Economic Impact and Retail Impact Assessments. He has particular expertise in long term macroeconomic guidance. He is an Irish Research Council Post-doctoral Fellow in the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin.

Siobhan McCauley, Director of Regional Services, Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Siobhan is the Director of Regional Services of the Housing Executive, the Regional Strategic Authority for Housing in Northern Ireland. She joined in 2012 as Director of Design and Property Services and in 2014 took up the role of Director of Regional Services. Regional Services provides market research and intelligence, strategic planning, private sectors grants, land and regeneration and manages the social housing new build programme. The Housing Executive’s role as Northern Ireland’s Home Energy Conservation Authority is also part of the regional services remit, as is management of the Supporting People programme, in partnership with the Departments of Health and Justice, which assists people to live independently in their homes. Siobhan has previously worked as Director of Product Development, working on the Signature projects Titanic, Causeway and Walled City for the Northern Ireland Tourist board (now Tourism NI) and has worked in InterTradeIreland and Craigavon Borough Council. Siobhan holds the Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction of Institute of Directors; MBA; Masters in Management Economics and Politics.

Brian O’Gorman, Chief Executive, Clúid Housing

Brian is Chief Executive of Clúid Housing. He has worked in non-profit housing organisations for 25 years across a range of organisations involved in housing advice, advocacy and homelessness. Brian was previously chair of the Irish Council for Social Housing, which is the representative organisation for Housing Associations in Ireland. He was also a member of the Dublin City Council Strategic Policy Committee for Housing. Brian is currently chair of the Housing Alliance, a group of larger non-profit housing agencies. Brian is a strong advocate of the view that different housing tenures – private rented, social rented and owner occupied – are interconnected and interdependent, and that real progress towards stability in housing depends upon the alignment of policy in all tenures. He also believes in the housing association model of delivery as the best means to deliver social and affordable housing and in adopting a more northern European approach in which housing associations develop residential housing for a wide range of income groups.

Rosalind Carroll, Director, Residential Tenancies Board (RTB)

Rosalind Carroll was appointed as Director of the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) in April 2016. The RTB is a public body set up to support and develop a well functioning rental housing sector in Ireland that is fair accessible and beneficial for all. One of the RTB’s core functions is the maintenance of a register of rented tenancies in Ireland, of which there were 325,372 at the end of 2016. The registration of tenancies enables the RTB to collect important data on the rental sector which is used to provide information and advice to the public, tenants, and landlords on their rights and responsibilities. The RTB also publishes a quarterly Rent Index which reports on the actual rent being paid for rented properties in Ireland, and allows people to check and compare rents in particular areas. We also provide a timely and cost effective dispute resolution service, removing tenancy related disputes away from the courts service.

Rachel Kenny, Director of Planning, An Bord Pleanála

Rachel Kenny is Director of Planning for An Board Pleanala. Rachel previously worked as Senior Planner with both Fingal County Council and Meath County Council. She has over the last twenty years experience in various planning authorities, An Bord Pleanala and in the private sector. Rachel is a member of the Irish Planning Institute, and one of its past-presidents, as well as a former member of Comhar, the National Partnership for Sustainable Development.

John O’Connor, Chief Executive, National Housing Agency

John is the Chief Executive of the Housing Agency, which is a statutory body set up under the aegis of the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG).The Agency was established to provide local authorities and approved housing bodies with high quality advice and support on the delivery of housing and housing services. The Agency focuses on housing management issues, delivery of technical and regeneration services (incl. management of the pyrite remediation scheme) and research and policy advice. It also acts as interim Regulator for the approved housing body sector. The Agency is working closely with the DECLG to oversee the delivery of the Social Housing Strategy 2020.

John is a structural engineer and has a wide range of experience in housing across both the public and private sectors. He has extensive experience in the development, provision and direct delivery of housing, particularly in the areas of social housing, affordable housing and regeneration projects. John sits on a number of national groups including the National Steering Group for the Review of Rent Supplement and recently chaired the Advisory Group for Government on Unfinished Housing Developments. John was previously the Chief Executive of the Affordable Homes Partnership and prior to that Executive Manager with Dublin City Council’s Housing Department

James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing, London

James Murray joined the Mayor’s Office in 2016 as Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, coming from Islington Council, where he held the position of Executive Member for Housing & Development for six years. During James’s time in Islington, the borough was one of the top building local authorities in the country. He oversaw the introduction of planning policies to raise the proportion of affordable homes in new developments, including a new standard for viability assessments.

In the Mayor’s Office, James is focussing on bringing together a broad alliance – including councils, housing associations, developers and businesses – to support plans to build more new and affordable homes in London. He is advising the Mayor on planning policy, particularly helping to develop and implement new approaches to housing. He is overseeing work at City Hall to improve the private rented sector and tackle homelessness and rough sleeping, in line with the Mayor’s priorities. James advised the current Mayor during his selection and election campaigns. Before taking a position on Islington Council’s executive, he worked in Parliament and for a management consultancy. He has lived his whole life in London, and currently lives near King’s Cross.

Kevin Nowlan, Chief Executive Officer, Hibernia REIT

Kevin Nowlan joined the Board of Hibernia as Chief Executive Officer in November 2015 following following the internalisation of WK Nowlan REIT Management, the Investment Manager. Prior to this Kevin held the same position in the Investment Manager from its inception in 2013 and previously held senior roles in NAMA and Treasury Holdings and was MD of WK Nowlan Real Estate Advisers. He is a Chartered Surveyor with more than 20 years’ experience in the Irish property market, including commercial agency, property management, investment, development and development financing, commercial loan portfolio management and debt restructuring. He has a BSc in Estate Management from the University of Ulster, an MBA from Ulster Business School and a Diploma in Project Management from Trinity College, Dublin.

Matthew Richardson, co-founder, Didobi Ltd

Matthew Richardson is the co-founder of Didobi Ltd and has more than 30 years-experience of working in the European, US and Asian investment property markets. He currently splits his time between working with Didobi and acting as an advisor to a small number of institutional real estate investment businesses and helping grow new tech start-ups in his home town of Oxford. Between March 2007 and September 2017 he was the Director of Research – European Real Estate, at Fidelity International in London where he was responsible for establishing the award-winning research, strategy and risk management processes for their European real estate funds. Prior to joining Fidelity, he was Head of Property Finance at Experian Business Strategies in the UK and an Executive Director at Freeman Publishing Inc.

Between 1996 and 2000, Mr Richardson was founder and Managing Director at Property Market Intelligence Limited in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s first dotcom businesses. Prior to that, he held a variety of roles, including Director Asia Operations at Dow Jones Teleres; Regional Research Director – Asia Pacific at Brooke Hillier Parker (now CBRE); Manager, Central London Research Team at Hillier Parker (now CBRE) and Senior Analyst at MSCI IPD in the UK. Matt is a visiting lecturer at Oxford Brookes University in the UK and has also lectured at the London Business School, London School of Economics, UCL, Maastricht University and Cambridge University in recent years. He is a regular speaker and panellist at industry events. Born in 1966, Mr Richardson was educated at Launceston College, Cornwall and the University of Leicester where he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Economic History.

Ben Hoey, CEO, The Quartech Group

With over 30 years in investment and commercial banking, mainly with Merrill Lynch and Bank of Ireland in both London and Dublin. Was instrumental in bringing Merrill Lynch to Ireland in 1995 and was CFO of Merrill Lynch International Bank from 2002 to 2008.

He introduced Kennedy Wilson and Fairfax International to the Bank of Ireland rescue plan and became a managing director of Kennedy Wilson Europe in 2012. He retired from Kennedy Wilson in 2015 to focus full time on Quartech Solutions.

Quartech Solutions is an innovative property platform which allows people to manage their property needs without recourse to the traditional banking model.

John Downey , Managing Director , Downey Planning & Architecture

John Downey is the Managing Director of Downey Planning & Architecture, a leading multi-disciplinary practice of Chartered Town Planners, Registered Architects and Project Managers. John is a chartered town planner with over 20 years’ experience in planning & development within both the private and public sectors providing evidence-based planning, architectural and associated development solutions to all areas within the property market from feasibility right through to on site completion.

John is a member of the Irish Planning Institute; the Royal Town Planning Institute; the ECTP (European Council of Townplanners); Urban Land Institute; and, the MBA Association of Ireland.

John is a specialist in development critiques, planning procedures and the procurement of all planning applications through the various planning processes including S.34 applications, SID applications and the new SHD (Strategic Housing Development) procedures. He has lectured in both the School of Planning and the School of Real Estate in DIT, Dublin on all planning matters.

He has also been heavily involved within the profession itself within advisory roles to Government including advising The Oireachtas (2014) and The Department of Finance (2015). He was recently part of the Advisory Group for the new National Planning Framework (2017) and was on the expert panel for the formulation of Design Standards for New Apartments – Guidelines for Planning Authorities (March 2018).

He is currently a serving Board Member on the ECTP-CEU (European Council of Spatial Planners) and was a former Chair of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Ireland in addition to being the first Irish delegate elected as a corporate member of the General Assembly of the Royal Town Planning Institute in London.

Michael Walsh, Head of Property, Byrne Wallace

Michael is the Head of Property at ByrneWallace, and is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s leading real estate lawyers. He joined the firm as a partner in 1999.

Michael is an accomplished practitioner with extensive experience in real estate matters including development, investment acquisitions and disposals, the residential, hotel, office and warehousing/logistics sectors.

Michael has unrivalled experience in retail-focused developments having acted in a number of high-end investment transactions and developments. He has strong experience in the property asset management and hotel management sectors. Michael enjoys the challenge of complex transactions and projects, particularly those involving multi-disciplinary teams.

Michael has been a regular contributor for over ten years to the Law Society’s Continuing Professional Development and Diploma programmes. He is a contributing author to the Law Society’s “Complex Conveyancing” manual. He has been a member of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Committee since 2015.

Neil Dunne, Senior Associate, Byrne Wallace

Neil Dunne is a senior associate in the Byrne Wallace Residential Property team.  He has extensive experience advising on all aspects of real estate and property related transactions. Neil has particular expertise advising on residential property developments, and has acted for some of Ireland’s leading developers across a broad range of projects, from single digit to large scale residential and mixed use developments. He advises on all aspects of the transaction from site assembly, financing, to scheme set up, unit sales and asset management.  Neil also has experience advising on commercial property related transactions and clients regularly include investors, property receivers, banks and state bodies.

John Bruder, Managing Director, Burlington Real Estate

Co-Founder and MD of Burlington. He has over 35 years experience in property and investment management and was previously Managing Director of Treasury Holdings Ireland having joined the company in 2000. Before that he was Head of Property with AIB Investment Managers Ltd. In 2001 he served as President of the Society of Chartered Surveyors in Ireland (SCSI). He is a Fellow of the SCSI and of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He has an MBA from University College Dublin and is the Chairman of the Urban Land Institute Ireland.

Duncan Lyster, Managing Director, Lisney

Duncan is the Managing Director of Lisney. He specialises in advising owners on the capital aspects of their property. He is also responsible for advising occupier clients on their owned investment and development properties. Since joining Lisney in 2004, he has worked on numerous large-scale investment transactions in Ireland, the UK and Europe. He has significant professional experience working in commercial investment, letting and development roles in the Dublin and London markets.

He joined Hamilton Osborne King (now Savills) as a student in 1990 in Dublin and worked there until he joined CBRE in the City of London in 2001 for three years.

Recent achievements include advising Blackstone on the Platinum Portfolio for €100m followed by the successful leasing up and onward sale of the assets. He handled the sale of the Elysian in Cork for Blackstone for over €87m in 2018. He led the Lisney team on the Boland’s Quay development which was sold to an owner occupier for in excess of €250,000,000 this year. His team has successfully advised on a number of very substantial loan sale transactions including Project Redwood, Project Aran and Project Emerald & Ruby.