Our Board is committed to driving the organisation to achieve its strategic goals

Anvers Housing is an approved housing body under Section 6 of the Housing (Miscellaneous) Act 1992 and provides accommodation primarily for people with an acquired brain injury. Anvers Housing is a company limited by guarantee, which is managed and controlled by its own members and Board of Directors.

It is primarily funded by the Capital Assistance Scheme managed by the Department for the Environment, Community and Local Government in conjunction with Local Authorities.

We are fully compliant with HIQA, the regulations of the Housing Agency Regulation Office, and all other relevant statutory requirements. 

Anvers Housing is a registered charity (CHY 15994) and a company limited by guarantee, without share capital.

Our Board of Directors

Anvers has a highly-skilled professional Board who are committed to driving the organisation to achieve its strategic goals, demonstrate good leadership and governance, and ensure adherence to all legal, regulatory and quality standards.

Supporting the Board are the Finance, Audit, Governance & Risk Committee and the Quality & Safety Committee.

Brendan Kenny
Brendan Kenny (Chair)

Brendan is a former Deputy Chief Executive of Dublin City Council. He retired in 2021 after 45 years working in Local Government, most of it spent on Housing and Community Development Services. He had a leading role on all the major housing regeneration projects in Dublin City over the last 20 years and for a period (2007-2012) on the Limerick Regeneration Project. 

Brendan had overall management responsibility for Dublin City Council’s housing stock of 26,000, for the provision of new social housing, partnerships with Approved Housing Bodies and the management of Homeless Services in the Dublin region. 

Maurice O’Connell

Maurice is a leader in strategic development and management, a change management consultant, mentor, facilitator and life coach. He is also a former Chief Executive of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (1998 – 2013) and Co-Founder of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and Anvers Housing.

Maurice is experienced in interim senior executive contracts and short-term management positions. He is the independent Chair of a joint steering group of Government Departments, the HSE and Dublin City Council in developing an innovative, community-focused Housing with Support and Social Care Programme for older people. His recent work includes facilitation of an alliance of seven NGOs within the age sector to influence government policy.

Maurice Chairs a Home Care Coalition of 30 NGOs advocating for better home care services for older people and people with disabilities. He is former Chair of Dublin City Age Friendly Alliance, a member of the Irish national dementia strategy monitoring committee, and a former member of the oversight board of TILDA.

Derek Griffith

Derek is a partner at John L Griffith and Partners Architects.

Brian Hogan

Brian qualified as a Quantity Surveyor from LIT (TUS). He worked as a Senior Project Quantity Surveyor for BNK Construction in Derbyshire, UK, before acquiring a brain injury in 2009, as a result of an unprovoked one-punch assault. The attack caused Brian to suffer a right-side hematoma, leaving him blind and partially paralysed.

Following three months in intensive care and seven months in rehabilitation, during which time his family were required to travel extensively between Ireland and the UK, Brian moved home. He was inappropriately placed in a nursing home for older people in Limerick.

Brian was subsequently moved into one of Anvers Housing’s homes in Clarecastle, near Ennis in Co. Clare. It provided a more suitable setting, with the right supports and rehabilitation services, while being close to his own family home in Limerick benefited both Brian and his family.

Since acquiring his brain injury Brian has made enormous strides on his rehabilitation journey. He has learned to walk again and in 2020, in the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, raised more than €10,000 in aid of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland by walking the distance of 20 laps of Thomond Park.

Brian is an active campaigner for brain injury survivors and passionate about raising awareness of the risks of violence among young people. He has presented in universities and secondary schools, including to medical students. He has also spoken at crime awareness events hosted by An Garda Síochána at the Croke Park Conference Centre, and on behalf of the brain injury community as part of several public awareness campaigns including Acquired Brain Injury Ireland’s ‘Don’t Save Me, Then Leave Me’ campaign.

Brian is an accomplished singer, musician and songwriter. He champions holding a positive mindset and staying focused on the future.

Dermot Hogan

Dermot is a Senior Director at JC Hogan & Sons Quantity Surveyors. He is a Chartered Project Management Surveyor and a member of the SCSI#s Project Management Surveyors Professional Group Committee, which was set up in 2012. Dermot has been the main Partner in charge of a diverse range of projects including fit outs for the OPW, CNU Projects for the HSE at Belvilla and Donegal CNUs.

He has also worked on various projects within the Blackrock Clinic Campus, including a three-story extension to the top of the existing hospital building, refurbishment of the existing hospital, and a new multi-story car park.

Dermot has also worked on commercial projects at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay (3 Building), Ashbourne Retail Park/Cinema and Swords Business Campus. Recent restoration projects include Peach House Restoration (Áras an Uachtarain) and Abbey Lea Glasshouse (Australian Embassy) along with Ringsend Community Centre. Dermot studied Construction Economics at DIT – Bolton Street.

Rodd Bond

From 2006 to 2019, Rodd Bond (MRIAI) was Programme Director of the Netwell Centre, within the School of Health and Science at Dundalk Institute of Technology in Ireland. Rodd graduated in architecture from Oxford Brookes University in 1982 launching a career that has spanned hospital master planning and design (CRI Ltd, USA), spatial resource management (founder of FMW Ltd, Ireland) and ageing-and-place research and innovation (Netwell).

Rodd’s core interest is understanding the interrelationship between environmental structure and people’s health and wellbeing. Rodd was very involved in the WHO’s age-friendly cities movement from its inception and is committed to improving people’s quality of life through place-making, service improvement and social innovation.

Rodd supported the European Commission and its partners in the development of the first Action Plan for Innovations in Age-Friendly Buildings, Cities and Environments, within the European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing. Since 2019, Rodd has been working independently across architectural research, policy and practice, with a focus on inclusivity and inter-generational solidarity.

Hugh O'Connor
Hugh O’Connor

Hugh is Director and Senior Consultant with management consulting firm OCS Consulting and has extensive experience in the area of organisational review and strategy development. Hugh was founding Chief Executive of Age Friendly Ireland (2012 to 2017) and in this role led the development of Ireland’s, World Health Organization (WHO) inspired Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme, providing technical support and leadership to the 31 participating local authorities, the Heath Service Executive and other programme partners.

Hugh was previously a member of the Strategic Advisory Group for the WHO Global Network of Age friendly Cities and Communities; the WHO and European Union’s Age-friendly Environments in Europe Advisory Committee; and the Department of An Taoiseach’s Steering Group on Smart Ageing. Hugh has also lectured in services marketing, strategic management and research methods at the Institute of Technology in Carlow (Ireland). Hugh graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) with a MBS.

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