Independent Committee Members

Asset Management and Maintenance Committee

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A career housing professional Niall has over 37  years experience of the social housing sector in N Ireland and the Republic of Ireland,  most recently as Group Director of Development & Asset Management at Choice Housing Ireland ltd (retired December 2020).

He has extensive experience in the strategic and operational delivery of capital development and asset management programmes comprising “high net value” new build, regeneration and award winning energy efficient housing projects. 

He studied at Queens University Belfast (Geography/Town & Country Planning) and Ulster University (MBA), is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIHCM) and Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI).

Niall has solid governance experience gained from a number of  non-executive director roles on voluntary boards including chairing a main Board, Audit & Risk Committee and is currently Vice Chair of the N Ireland Advisory Board of the Chartered Institute of Housing. 
 

Audit and Risk Assurance Committee - independent members

A graduate of Bristol University, David Peacock B.Sc. (Hons) FCA CTA is a chartered accountant by profession with over 25 years of experience working within the UK and Irish Financial Services industry, including senior managerial positions in risk management, corporate governance, finance and project work. 

David holds no other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity.

Sharon Hetherington is an accountant by profession with over 20 years of experience working across the public sector including the Northern Ireland Audit Office, the Further Education sector, the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service and the Department for Economy.  

Sharon was Finance Director and then Modernisation Director of the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service.  She is currently Finance Director in the Department for the Economy.

In addition to being an independent member of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, Sharon is an independent member of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, and is a school governor..

DLO Performance and Development Committee - independent members

Una Davey is currently working as a Business Consultant, Executive Coach and Facilitator where she, inter alia, supports change management and efficiency initiatives in organisations across the UK and Ireland;  assists the growth and development of senior leaders in the private, public and third sectors and facilitates group coaching, strategic planning and training to enable effective involvement, ideas generation, decision making and reaching agreement.  

She has worked as Secretary to the Governing Body of the South West College and spent time working as a Collaborative Network Executive at Invest Northern Ireland. Una lived in England and Wales for 25 years where she spent much of her career in the private sector in senior operational roles at BT plc and Heathrow Airport Limited. 

During her career, her responsibilities have included:

  • Governance and compliance with regulatory requirements;
  • Financial and budgetary control (Up to £37m); 
  • People Leadership & Performance Management;
  • Succession Planning;
  • Resource and capacity planning (up to 900 people);
  • Change management; 
  • Development of cluster networks across industry, academia and the public sector;
  • Writing of successful funding applications;
  • Engagement with government departments;

Trade Union negotiation (Executive level). 
She has a committed and pragmatic approach to the roles she undertakes, recognising the need to work together to achieve success. 
Una lives in Clanabogan, outside Omagh, with her husband John, their 8 year old son, Tomas, and their dog, Cassie. 
Her hobbies include walking, reading, writing poetry and attempting to develop a vegetable garden! (Hints and tips welcome!)

Resources and Performance Committee

Mark Lowry has almost 40 years’ experience in the building and construction materials industry. Since May 2019, he has been the CEO of The McAvoy Group, a leading company in the growing offsite construction sector, based In Lisburn.

Mark is retiring as CEO of McAvoy at the end of September 2021, remaining on in the business as a non-Executive Director.

Prior to that, Mark had been 32 years with the CRH plc group, most recently in the role of global Group Sustainability Director, and before that had progressed within the group in the various roles of: Project Manager (notably on the Belfast Cross Harbour bridges); Business Development Director – Farrans; MD – Farrans, and CEO - Northstone.

In 2012 he moved to Warsaw to take up the position of CRH Country Managing Director for Poland, where he spent four years before taking up the sustainability role, living in Amsterdam and Dublin, until returning home to County Fermanagh.

A Chartered Engineer by profession, he is a graduate of QUB, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building. Mark sits on the Construction Advisory Panel for the HS2 High Speed rail project in the UK and holds an independent non-Executive role on Thomas Telford Ltd, the knowledge business of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

 


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