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Nichola Mullen
Head of Fundraising @Society of St Vincent de Paul Ireland
Hugh Brennan
CEO @O'Cualann Cohousing Alliance
Hugh Brennan has worked in construction for the past 40 years since graduating from Bolton Street College 1980. In 2003 he got involved, initially as a volunteer, in humanitarian aid work oversees and then working fulltime with the Township Trust in South Africa and Haven in Haiti both pre and post the devastating earthquake of 2010. From 2011 to 2013 he worked in post-disaster reconstruction work with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) in Haiti. When he returned to Ireland he was struck by the housing crisis and set about creating a model to deliver affordable homes based on cooperative housing. In 2014 he cofounded Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance in response to the affordability crisis in housing. Hugh assumed the lead role in developing the Ó Cualann model and his work has been recognised by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and Social Innovation Fund Ireland who awarded him bursaries to develop and scale the model further. Ó Cualann has also been recognised by LAMA.
Tony Ward
Finance Director @The Wheel
Tony Ward FCA is Director of Finance at The Wheel, a role he took up in June 2016. Prior to that Tony was Head of Fundraising at Fighting Blindness from 2012 so he has a unique perspective on charity operations and the need to maximise fundraising. Tony is also co-chair of Chartered Accountants Ireland charity and non-profit network group and a board member of Sightsavers Ireland since 2019 and the National Advocacy Service since earlier this year. Tony representing The Wheel is currently the convener for the engagement strand for large charities for the UK and Ireland in the formal process of reviewing the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP), the accounting standard applicable to charities.