Novas’ Board of Directors
Dermot Sadlier is the current Chairman of the Board. He is a trained carpenter and worked at senior level in the UK construction industry, of which he has more than 35 years’ experience. He has a deep interest in homelessness, with particular knowledge of the impact of homelessness among the Irish community in London and of UK homeless agencies. He currently chairs the Board of Directors sub-committee on Health and Safety. Dermot joined the Board in 2008.
Greg Maxwell retired from Novas’ senior management team three years ago. As head of personnel with the organisation, he contributed at a crucial stage to its development in many key areas including; proposals for new services, human resources, quality assurance, strategic planning, operational policies, governance and health & safety. Before this, he was CEO of the Dublin Simon Community for almost 10 years and led substantial development there and actively campaigned on behalf people who are homeless. With Peter McVerry, he co-founded the Dublin Homeless Network, the umbrella grouping of all voluntary agencies in the greater city area, and was their main spokesperson and negotiator with government; including new state funding arrangements for the voluntary sector. He was also a former member of the Board of the Homeless Agency and The Wheel. Earlier he was a trade union official for over 20 years; of which 17 years was as General Secretary.
Kieran Walshe is a former senior manager with Trinity Bank, Merchant Bankers and previously worked with Bank of Ireland’s International Division. He is a successful entrepreneur with experience of building and managing international businesses of scale, primarily in the food service retail sector. Kieran brings a wealth of financial and business knowledge to the Board and currently chairs the Development sub-group. He ensures that Novas Initiatives continues to grow in a transparent and efficient manner. Kieran became a member of the Novas Board in 2012.
Martina Murphy is a solicitor in her own firm in Limerick City. She worked with the Citizen’s Information Centre in the city since 2000 and also volunteers for the organisation. She has worked with Mediation Forum Ireland as a Commercial Mediator and her areas of expertise lie in family and children’s law, mental health and dispute resolution. She graduated from the University of Limerick in 1998 with a B.A. in Law and European Studies and thereafter completed her legal studies in the Law Society of Ireland. Martina joined the Board in 2013.
Patrick Quaid has been a resident with Novas for a decade. He first resided in our supported temporary accommodation in Bridgeland House and then moved onto a transitional apartment. He is now a long-term resident in our McGarry House complex. Pat provides a voice for and represents the interests of the residents when decisions are being made at board level. Pat joined the Board in 2005.
St Cáit Gannon joined the Board in 2013. She has dedicated her life to improving the lives of society’s most marginalised individuals, focusing particularly on women, travelers and those experiencing homelessness. She is a qualified primary school teacher from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick and has a diploma in social work from the University of Birmingham. She spearheaded a campaign to provide homeless accommodation in North Tipperary and was central to the development of Novas’ service in Thurles.
Justin Brosnan is a retired Co-ordinator for Housing in Kerry County Council with 38 years’ experience in the housing and homeless sector. He has an intimate knowledge of the homeless landscape in County Kerry and throughout Munster. He has particular interest in the development and fundraising aspect of Novas. Justin joined the Board in 2013.
Maria O’Dwyer has a PhD in Early Childhood Development from the University of Limerick. She is a social researcher and the coordinator of the Start Right Programme for Paul Partnership in Limerick City. Prior to this Maria was a lecturer in Early Childhood Development in UL and Mary Immaculate College. She is committed to enhancing the well being of Novas’ clients. Maria joined the Board in 2012.