Claire is a Managing Director of Greystar Ireland, a global vertically integrated residential platform specialising in private rented residential accommodation.
Prior to joining Greystar in 2019, Claire was Head of Property at Aviva Ireland where she managed property funds of over €600m in Ireland and the UK.
Claire was previously Head of Estates Management at ESB Ireland and prior to that was Development Director in Bennett Construction.
Claire is an active Fellow of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) and was the youngest person to be elected to the role of President in 2016. She is currently Chair of the Practice and Policy Committee within SCSI and a Fellow of RICS. Previously she has lectured extensively in valuations and feasibility analysis in Technological University Dublin degree and master’s courses.
She serves as a non-executive Board member of state-owned Home Building Finance Ireland (HBFI) and also on the Board of Clúid, a not-for-profit housing charity.
CEO (2009 to date). President of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Engineers, member of the Export Trade Council and the OECD-BIAC working group on Corporate Taxation. Extensive academic career, including positions at DCU, University College London, University of Oxford and TCD.Show more
David Browne is a former President of the RIAI and chairman of RKD Architects. Based in Dublin, he has worked on masterplanning, urban design and building projects in Ireland, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, China and Africa. He is one of the leaders of the Irish Cities 2070 Group which is working to envision the future form and sustainability of Irish cities with the many challenges which they face.Show more
Jim received his BArch (Hons) from University College Dublin in 1969 before taking a Masters in Urban Design in1972 in Manchester University. He returned to Ireland to work with Dublin City Council before joining Delany, McVeigh and Pike in 1973, and teaching for three years in the School of Architecture in UCD. He later worked in Brady Shipman Martin where he was partner until 1987. He then established COADY Architects where his primary interests were in education and health buildings, housing, master planning and urban design: he continues as a consultant to the firm and is a member of the Irish Cities 2070 Group.
Jim's talk will describe the work of the Irish Cities 2070 Group and the vision for Galway City in 2070, focussing on compact urban growth and densification of existing suburbs.
John Coleman has been Chief Executive of the Land Development Agency since its inception in September 2018. John previously held senior roles at Ireland’s National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), worked extensively on the set up of its Residential Delivery division and was its Chief Financial Officer. John is a graduate of University College Dublin (BComm) and a chartered accountant (FCA). Prior to joining NAMA in 2011 he worked in banking and accountancy.Show more
Niall is the Chief Executive and Planning Regulator at the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) established by Government in April 2019.
The OPR’s functions are to oversee the effective delivery of planning services of Irelands 31 local authorities and An Bord Pleanála, including implementation of national and regional policies and to conduct research and public awareness programmes in relation to planning.
Prior to his appointment Niall was Chief Planner at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government from July 2014 and he worked in the Department from January 2000 prior to that.
Niall was responsible for leading the Department’s Forward Planning Section and its professional and multi-disciplinary planning team in the development of legislation and all Government policy relating to planning and related matters, including the National Planning Framework as part of Project Ireland 2040 alongside the National Development Plan.
Prior to joining the Department in 2000, Niall had an extensive planning career working for local authorities in Clare, Meath and Dublin City Council and An Bord Pleanála.
Niall holds qualifications in economics and geography, regional and urban planning and environmental engineering from Maynooth University, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin respectively and is both a member and a past President of the Irish Planning Institute.
Oscar is a project manager on public governance and urban development at the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE). Oscar has led several urban policy reviews and thematic projects such as accessibility, the governance of land use, and innovation in cities, smart mobility. Recently, Oscar led the urban policy review of Colombia and the project on Urban-Rural Linkages in Poland. He authored the report on Enhancing Innovation Capacity in City Governments published by OECD and Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the OECD report on Leveraging Investment Transport Infrastructure. He currently works in a project on “The Governance of Smart City Data in Japan”. He holds a Masters and a PhD in comparative public policy from the University of York, United Kingdom. Oscar presentation will provide an international perspective on the impact of COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine on the housing sector across OECD countries.
Sarah is a well known columnist and broadcaster. She’s written for major broadsheets from The Irish Times to The Daily Telegraph on everything from economics to politics, technology and media and is a highly experienced radio and television presenter. A thorough researcher of big subjects with an open mind, Sarah is highly regarded for her professionalism and warmth.
Whatever your subject – be it technology, energy, economics or the business of media and culture, Sarah will bring a lively intellectual curiosity to the proceedings, putting other guests at ease and making sure your audience will be entertained and engaged in your event.
An authoritative and charming chair, she can keep conversations moving along but make sure all key points are explored. Acutely sensitive to the moods of an audience she’ll make sure your event stays on track. Sarah is popular in academia, politics and business and of course, with general audiences who love her personal insights, and open manner.
Stephen Garvey was appointed Chief Executive Officer in August 2019. Stephen is responsible for delivering on Glenveagh’s vision to create Ireland’s leading and most sustainable homebuilder. Stephen has over 20 years’ experience in the construction and property industry in Ireland. Prior to founding his own successful residential development business, Bridgedale Homes, Stephen worked with a number of Ireland’s largest property developers. From 2014 to 2017, Stephen advised and managed the acquisition of Irish residential development opportunities on behalf of TIO RLF. A co-founder of Glenveagh, Stephen had led the growth and development of Glenveagh since IPO.Show more
A Chartered Surveyor and Town Planner with 17 years post-qualification experience, Stephen is Co-Head of KPMG Future Analytics following the acquisition of his business, Future Analytics Consulting Ltd., by KPMG Ireland in 2020. Over its 10 years. FAC became a leading spatial planning and economics consultancy comprising 30+ professional staff. Following its acquisition, Stephen is jointly responsible for the day-to-day running and strategic direction of the full Future Analytics team. Stephen has extensive experience spanning strategic planning and coordinating the consenting process for a range of projects, including Environmental Impact Assessment coordination. Stephen has successfully advised Local, Regional and Central Government, major private sector clients and State Agencies on strategy, consenting coordination and evidence-based studies. He has strong experience in strategic infrastructure, residential, commercial, retail, healthcare and community development projects.Show more
Tara joined Cairn Homes in March 2018 as Company Secretary with responsibility for the Group’s compliance, risk management and data privacy programmes. Since December 2021, Tara has assumed responsibility for Cairn’s sustainability and ESG research and reporting requirements.
Tara joined Cairn from UDG Healthcare where she was Deputy Company Secretary & Head of Group Integration.
Tara is also a member of the Chartered Governance Institute.
Joanne is a 25-year veteran of the property industry and took up the role as MD of MyHome in 2022. Myhome.is is Ireland’s leading digital property marketplace. Established in 2001 and a subsidiary of the Irish Times Group, Myhome.ie has transformed the property search experience for hundreds of thousands of house hunters, renters and commercial tenants. Myhome engages with a daily average of 80,000 users, has over 800 business and advertiser clients and markets almost 60,000 property listings annually. Joanne is an experienced Board Director and marketing innovation strategist who has led high performance teams in Ireland and the UK. She was previously Director of Marketing and Digital Transformation for Sherry FitzGerald Group for 10 years. Before that she was responsible for the Business Development Programme for Savills EMEA based out of London and led the marketing function for Savills Ireland.Show more
Marian Finnegan is Managing Director of Sherry FitzGerald Residential & Advisory. Marian has been at the forefront of Sherry FitzGerald for over 20 years. She was the first economist appointed to a property company in Ireland, when she established our Research arm in 1996
Subsequently Marian was appointed Chief Economist and Director of Research for Sherry FitzGerald. This role involved monitoring and analysing economic and property indicators in the domestic and international markets.
In 1998, Marian joined the board of Sherry FitzGerald Group and in 2019 was appointed Managing Director of Sherry FitzGerald Residential
Marian has a unique blend of skills across many areas - people, strategy and leadership. She has helped shape Sherry FitzGerald and understands the property market and our business strategy. She is a regular contributor in the Irish and international media and one of the most highly regarded commentators in the industry.