We were established in 2001 with a strong social purpose, a charitable 'not for profit' status and we continue to work to play a significant role in delivering much needed housing. We are driven by our mission to change people's lives by providing them with secure and stable homes which enables them to live, thrive and prosper.

Our Core Principles

Our Purpose
To provide affordable homes and the supports needed to enable people and their communities to live, thrive and prosper.

Our Mission
To change people's lives by providing them with secure and stable homes which enables them to live, thrive and prosper.

We exist to help people in Ireland live, thrive and prosper: We do this by creating more sustainable and inclusive futures for people and communities through great housing.

Our Values

We have the ability to understand what’s needed & move quickly. We work together as a flexible, multi-skilled and experienced team. We listen to the needs of our residents and put these first, always. We all play our part and together we are stronger and achieve more.

Providing homes can be complex and requires good teamwork and collaboration to arrive at the best solutions.

Being agile demands that we act with bravery and courage to achieve the best possible result.

We are genuine. We are human. We see the whole customer. We care greatly about what we do. We know the positive difference our work can have on the health, wellbeing, and lives of our residents and on society in general.

This awareness drives all of us and ensures everyone in Oaklee is heard and that their voice is valued and respected.

We take time with each other, our partners, and residents to really listen and to be open and honest in our response.

We act with integrity. We challenge the status quo in our organisation and in our sector and always seek to do better.

We are experts. We are innovators. We strive to achieve more. We strive for continual improvement. Every part of our organisation is important, and it is the combination of diverse skills, experiences and views that make us stronger and better.

Our progress and delivery of our ambitions for growth demands change and we’re bold and brave enough to try new and different approaches. Well thought out and calculated risks can lead to great results.

We celebrate and share our successes. We learn from what didn’t work and believe that not to try is the biggest failure. We take pride in the work we do and are motivated to try harder by the positive changes we can see in the lives of our residents and communities.

We believe that providing homes means that our residents and partners can be ambitious and prosper too.

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Oakee Corporate Strategy 2023-2025

Oaklee Annual Report 2022/2023

What We Do

Our purpose is to work with Government and Local Authorities to promote the delivery of social and affordable homes, address barriers to delivery and advocate strongly for responsible, professional housing management.

How we do it

We are driven by our mission to build a strong business with a social purpose, and to be a leading provider of quality customer focused housing and support services. All surpluses recorded are re-invested in the business, with no benefits to shareholders.

Our Communities

We currently have 23 developments across 19 counties in the Republic of Ireland providing 2,292 houses in total.

Case Studies

All Case Studies

Ashfield Clonminch, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

  • 19 single storey purpose built houses for the elderly

  • Oaklee led design and build delivery, under a Capital Works contract

  • CAS funded

View Ashfield Clonminch

Baltrasna Park, Athlone Road, Moate, Co. Westmeath

  • 14 Units for general social housing needs

  • Developer Lead delivery under the Turnkey Contract

  • CALF/HFA

View Baltrasna Park

Kathleen Clarke Place, Poplar Row, Dublin 3

  • 29 Unit Older Person’s Scheme

  • Oaklee led construction

  • CALF/HFA

View Kathleen Clarke Place

Kearney's Drive, Co Offaly

  • A mix of 41 single storey 1 and 2 beds, storey 2, 3 and 4 beds, that caters or large and small families, single eople and couples.

  • All houses are A rated and were built in conjunction with the local authority, Offaly County Council.

  • Close to established amenaties such as schools, sports grounds and facilities, hospital, and shops.

View Kearneys Drive

Project Acorn, Various Locations

  • The first private finance Special Purpose Vehicle created by an AHB

  • 163 existing units refurbished and acquired through the Housing Agency Aquisition programme

  • 54 turnkey acquisitions from private developers

View Project Acorn

Meet our Board

John Buckley

Chairperson

John Buckley

Chairperson

John Buckley is an independent semi-retired management consultant. He is happily married to Jane and has two daughters and a grandchild. John was appointed to the Choice Board in 2016 and since then has joined the Oaklee Housing Board and now also serves the Choice Services Board. Outside of Choice he has a wealth of experience across a number of industries ranging from bio-technology manufacturing to financial and management services for startup companies. John has worked across the globe, spending considerable time in the US and France. Having moved to Donegal from Nice, France, John is keen to offer and apply his skills to organisations - particularly Irish - that could benefit from his expertise and experience in management.

David Concannon

Board Member

David Concannon

Board Member

David, a Chartered Property Management Surveyor, has been working within the property industry since 2001. With 20 years’ experience in multi-disciplinary property management encompassing retail, commercial, residential and social housing, he is a divisional Director with Aramark Property where he heads up the Residential Property Management team.

David has worked extensively with several international funds with respect to their property management requirements. He has also advised on large scale apartment defect remediation projects, as well as giving consultation services to developers during the planning and construction phases of various apartment, housing, and large-scale community developments.

Evelyn Hempenstall

Board Member

Evelyn Hempenstall

Board Member

Evelyn Hempenstall is a Chartered Accountant with senior professional experiences in the Public Health Sector and Commercial organisations both multinational and Irish owned. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

She has had wide raging and challenging roles in her professional life dealing with financial management and planning a variety of commercial environments which included manufacturing, distribution, service delivery, business growth and contraction.  Her professional experience in the Public Service included high level planning, funding negotiation, and senior executive participation in management teams as well as responsibility for financial management and control.

She has experience as a Board member / Trustee of charitable organisations both in Ireland and overseas.  She is pleased to have the opportunity to use her professional training and experience in her role as a Board Member in the hope of contributing to the mission of Oaklee Housing

Tom Mackey

Board Member

Tom Mackey

Board Member

Tom has worked at a senior level for many years in local government. He was City Engineer in Waterford City where his duties included social housing construction and maintenance. He more recently was City Manager in Limerick City where his responsibilities included the provision, management and maintenance of the City’s social housing areas.

In his earlier career he worked as a civil engineer in the private sector, working for consultants and contractors both in Ireland and abroad. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland.

Frank Martin

Board Member

Frank Martin

Board Member

Frank Martin has over 30 years’ service in the real estate industry and holds memberships of The Association of Certified Accountants, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland. During his career he has served with organisations such as The British Land Company PLC, Korea Development Bank, Chartered Land. Frank is currently Managing Director with Hines Ireland holding responsibility for asset management of the company’s Irish portfolio. In his career to date Frank has worked on asset management strategy and strategy execution for major real estate investments including St. Stephens Green Shopping Centre, Ilac Centre, Pavilions Swords, Liffey Valley and Cherrywood.

Brian McCormick

Board Member

Brian McCormick

Board Member

Brian McCormick is a Chartered Director who has broad experience in general and operational management, business development and corporate finance both in Ireland and internationally. He is a Board Member at the National Transport Authority and previously worked as an Executive Director in An Post where he was also Chairman of subsidiary businesses: An Post Insurance; and UK magazine distribution and subscription management company, Air Business Limited.

Prior to An Post he worked as a Director of Merrion Corporate Finance and in senior management roles with CRH plc in the US and also served as a Board member of UNICEF Ireland. Brian in engineering graduate of University College Dublin and has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Deirdre Owens

Board Member

Deirdre Owens

Board Member

Deirdre graduated from UCD Arts in Economics and Archaeology in 1981. She has a post graduate diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Education from Sion Hill College, Blackrock, Co. Dublin 1982; and a Diploma in Legal Studies from Dublin Institute of Technology 1987. She qualified as solicitor from Law Society of Ireland 1994, and practised as a solicitor in a sole practice for 21 years up to November 2018 specialising in family law, conveyance and probate.

Prior to studying law, Deirdre spent five years working in inner city Dublin as a Montessori teacher in the Mercy Family Resource Centre, Cork Street, Dublin 8 where she set up a home visiting programme and gave parenting seminars to young mothers in St. Theresa’s Gardens and St. Michael’s house where I saw first-hand the daily struggles of young families living in cramped unsuitable accommodation.

Claire McSweeney

Board Member

Claire McSweeney

Board Member

A UCD graduate with a degree in Social Science, post graduate qualifications in both Addiction Studies and Homeless Prevention and Intervention and an MA in Management of Community and Voluntary Organisations from DCU, Claire has been working in the non-profit sector for 17 years. Claire was at the forefront of delivery of client centred services with a harm reduction ethos, prioritising quality and client participation in residential services. 

A past member of the Dublin Simon Community Executive Management Team, she led the development and delivery of residential emergency homeless accommodation and outreach services for the organisation. She is currently manager of Ballymun Community Law Centre, with responsibility for strategy, finances, fundraising, communications and day to day operational management of the legal, education, and alternative dispute resolution services. 

Neil Ward

Board Member

Neil Ward

Board Member

Neil Ward is an experienced senior manager with a demonstrated history of working in government administration and political organisation. He has particular interests and experience in public sector communication, public policy, politics and public relations. He holds an MA in Political and Public Communication from DCU. Neil has held senior positions over the last five years in the Department of Justice and currently serves as Assistant Secretary and Head of the Transparency function. His previous positions include Chief of Staff of the Labour Party and Special Advisor to two Ministers for Education and Skills. He was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship in 2019, and is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland.

Mary Birmingham

Board Member – Acorn Housing

Mary Birmingham

Board Member – Acorn Housing

Mary Birmingham is a chartered surveyor and a member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

She acts as a full-time Consultant to Savills Ireland.  Her experience spans over 30 years across all real estate sectors with exposure to investment, project management, formulating and implementing development and investment strategies.  Mary has operated in both private and public sectors and in recent years has played a leading role in many of Ireland’s most high profile development projects and major property transactions.

In her previous role of Head of Asset Management in NAMA up to 2018 Mary was a Director of National Asset Residential Property Services DAC which was established by NAMA to expedite social housing delivery within its loan portfolio.

Aidan Devlin

Board Member – Acorn Housing

Aidan Devlin

Board Member – Acorn Housing

Aidan Devlin is a chartered accountant with more than 30 years banking and project finance experience gained both in Ireland as Head of Corporate Banking with a major international bank and in the Middle East.

More recently Aidan has been working  with the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) on  its remit to support the delivery of new residential stock on commercially viable sites owned or controlled by NAMA debtors or receivers through direct funding, joint venture and licence arrangements with major residential developers and contractors 

Aidan is also a board member of the National Maternity Hospital where he is chair of the board’s Quality Risk  & Patient Safety Committee and member of the Audit Committee and was a founding board member of NMH Foundation.  Aidan holds a B.Com from UCC, is a certified mediator (Mediator Institute of Ireland) and certified member of Institute of Directors.

Pranash Ramanudh

Board Member

Pranash Ramanudh

Board Member

Acorn Board

John Buckley

Chairperson

John Buckley

Chairperson

John Buckley is an independent semi-retired management consultant. He is happily married to Jane and has two daughters and a grandchild. John was appointed to the Choice Board in 2016 and since then has joined the Oaklee Housing Board and now also serves the Choice Services Board. Outside of Choice he has a wealth of experience across a number of industries ranging from bio-technology manufacturing to financial and management services for startup companies. John has worked across the globe, spending considerable time in the US and France. Having moved to Donegal from Nice, France, John is keen to offer and apply his skills to organisations - particularly Irish - that could benefit from his expertise and experience in management.

Evelyn Hempenstall

Board Member

Evelyn Hempenstall

Board Member

Evelyn Hempenstall is a Chartered Accountant with senior professional experiences in the Public Health Sector and Commercial organisations both multinational and Irish owned. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

She has had wide raging and challenging roles in her professional life dealing with financial management and planning a variety of commercial environments which included manufacturing, distribution, service delivery, business growth and contraction.  Her professional experience in the Public Service included high level planning, funding negotiation, and senior executive participation in management teams as well as responsibility for financial management and control.

She has experience as a Board member / Trustee of charitable organisations both in Ireland and overseas.  She is pleased to have the opportunity to use her professional training and experience in her role as a Board Member in the hope of contributing to the mission of Oaklee Housing

Aidan Devlin

Board Member – Acorn Housing

Aidan Devlin

Board Member – Acorn Housing

Aidan Devlin is a chartered accountant with more than 30 years banking and project finance experience gained both in Ireland as Head of Corporate Banking with a major international bank and in the Middle East.

More recently Aidan has been working  with the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) on  its remit to support the delivery of new residential stock on commercially viable sites owned or controlled by NAMA debtors or receivers through direct funding, joint venture and licence arrangements with major residential developers and contractors 

Aidan is also a board member of the National Maternity Hospital where he is chair of the board’s Quality Risk  & Patient Safety Committee and member of the Audit Committee and was a founding board member of NMH Foundation.  Aidan holds a B.Com from UCC, is a certified mediator (Mediator Institute of Ireland) and certified member of Institute of Directors.

Paul Hernon

Paul Hernon

Michael Meade

Michael Meade

Meet our Senior Management Team

Sharon Cosgrove

Chief Executive Officer

Sharon Cosgrove

Chief Executive Officer

Sharon Cosgrove is CEO of Oaklee Housing since 2016 and during that time has led significant change and growth in the organisation. Now an independent group structure, Oaklee has a strong diverse team with a passion to make a difference to the lives of our tenants and communities in Ireland.  

Sharon held several previous senior roles in the NGO sector including CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland and Sonas Housing. She led regeneration and housing programmes in South Dublin and in Bristol City.  She holds a B.Sc. (Environmental Health), M.A. (Housing Studies) and a Prof. Dip. (Business Finance). 

Sharon’s focus over the last three years has been on achieving high standards in customer service, creating a safety and compliance culture, delivering high quality sustainable developments and ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of the company. Proud of those achievements as well as Acorn Housing SPV and Oaklee’s involvement in the Comhar consortium, the first social housing PPP bundle in Ireland, Sharon is committed to delivering Oaklee’s new Corporate Plan 23-25 - delivering more homes through strong partnerships and strengthening communication and engagement with our stakeholders.

Helen Moore

Director of Development & New Business

Helen Moore

Director of Development & New Business

With over 25 years’ experience in real estate and finance. Helen is acting as Head of Development.

Most recently she spent six years as a Director of Lisney where she established the New Homes department and worked in the Private Rented Sector advising developers and funds on the planning and operational side of the market. Helen was previously a director of Savills New Homes where she worked for 14 years.

Helen has worked at the Central Bank of Ireland assessing the Credit Institutions management of credit risk with specific focus on the real estate backed loans. She also spent three years at the National Asset Management Agency working out a number of complex portfolios of distressed assets.

Helen holds a Diploma in Auctioneering and Estate Agency from Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street and is a Member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Most recently she completed a Diploma in Marketing and Digital Strategy at the Irish Management Institute.

Caroline Casserly

Director of Operations

Caroline Casserly

Director of Operations

Caroline Casserly is Director of Operations at Oaklee and holds collective accountability for strategic leadership and the sole responsibility for all aspects of operational performance linked to housing, property, and asset management alongside customer service, safety, and investment.

Aaron Ceillier

Director of Finance

Aaron Ceillier

Director of Finance

Aaron Ceillier is Director of Finance at Oaklee. He is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in several senior finance roles in Ireland. He is skilled in financial planning and analysis, creating the financial business case for decision making, driving transformation and improvements along with in depth people operations and team development initiatives.

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