Docklands Oversight and Consultative Forum
Docklands Oversight and Consultative Forum
The Docklands Oversight and Consultative Forum (DOCF) is a statutory body appointed by the Minister for Local Government. The DOCF may advise Dublin City Council and its strategic policy committees in relation to any of its functions relating to Docklands with particular emphases on enterprise and employment, education, housing, planning, the environment (including the natural and built environment and the amenities of the area) and the interaction of communities.
The Forum consists of a Chairperson and 21 ordinary members nominated from Docklands organisations. Its composition is as follows;
An independent Chairperson
The Chief Executive of Dublin City Council or his nominee
4 Elected Members of the City Council
5 members of persons engaged in community development
5 members engaged in economic activity
1 member from an educational organisation
5 members from public authorities
Owen P Keegan
Owen P Keegan was appointed Chief Executive of Dublin City Council in September 2013 having served as County Manager of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLR) from February 2006. Before joining DLR he worked for Dublin City Council, where he was Assistant City Manager and then Director of Traffic.
Prior to October 1993 he worked as an economist for DKM Economic Consultants/Davy Stockbrokers. He has also worked in the Department of Finance, the ESRI and for two periods in the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.
Mr Keegan is from Dublin. He holds degrees in public administration, economics and civil engineering.
Michael retired in 2012 having worked for over 39 years in a wide variety of roles in Dublin City Council.
He worked in Economic Development Department, forging partnerships between the City Council, city businesses and universities. As an Area Manager her worked closely with local Counillors and community groups in the South East and South Central Areas. As Assistant Chief Executive with overall responsibility for the lanning & Development Departments, he oversaw the preparation of City Development Plan, SDZs and Local Area Plans.
He was a member of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority and chaired its’ Planning Committee, which dealt with strategic planning applications for the Docklands area.
Gina is President of National College of Ireland (NCI) and is privileged to be leading NCI’s mission ‘to change lives through education’.
NCI is a not-for-profit third level college situated in the heart of Dublin’s International Financial Services Centre and Silicon Docks, providing third level under-graduate and post-graduate programmes in Business, Computing, Psychology, and Education.
NCI has a strong commitment to early education and delivers the Early Learning Initiative to children and families in inner city Dublin and beyond, focusing on improving literacy and numeracy in disadvantaged communities.
Previously, Gina worked as Chief Executive of Dublin Chamber and as CEO of Gandon Enterprises, the Commercial division of the Rehab Group.
A Psychologist by training, Gina holds a BA, Psychology and MBA from UCD, an MSc in Cyber Psychology and is a Chartered Director. Gina is also a Board member of ESB Networks, Verve and the Docklands Oversight and Consultative Forum and a recipient of the Alumni of the Year Award from UCD Michael Smurfit Business School.
As Alan has worked in the Docklands for 10 years and lived in the area for five, he now considers himself a Dockland native.
Alan has been a member of the Docklands Business Forum since 2009. He served two consecutive years as Chairman from 2011 to 2013. In December 2012 he was appointed the Forum’s first Chief Executive Officer.
Alan has brought a number of initiatives to the Forum including the Docklands Volunteer Day and the Docklands Business Awards. He has also written many of the Forum’s policy papers including its observations to Dublin City Council on the Strategic Development Zone, its response to the introduction of a Public Service Broadcasting Charge and the Forum’s vision for the future of the Docklands business district ‘Joining Up the Docks’. All these documents are available for download on www.docklandsbusinessforum.ie.
In 2017 Alan was appointed to the Docklands Oversight & Consultative Forum (DOCF) by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government. He serves as Chairperson of the DOCF Sub-Committee on Communication, Technology & Innovation.
Not bad for a south side Docklander!
Charlie Sheil, 46, has over 27 years’ experience in the hotel industry working in France, Switzerland, Ireland, the UK and New York City where he spent time at the world famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and Towers. Before joining The Marker, Charlie was the General Manager of The Gibson Hotel in Dublin and the Clarion Hotel in Co. Cork.
Charlie has overseen and project managed three landmark hotel openings in Ireland including The Marker Hotel, The Gibson Hotel and The Clarion Hotel in Cork.
He has also worked as Director of Food & Beverage Operations at New York’s Millennium Broadway Hotel in Times Square. In addition to this, Sheil has played a part over the years in education within the industry, including his role as the founding coordinator and lecturer for the Accelerated Course in Food & Beverage Operations for continuing and Professional education at New York University and a year’s teaching at a Paris Hotel School. He has also served twice as a council member with the Irish Hospitality Institute and held the chair of the Cork Branch of The Irish Hotels Federation.
Areas of expertise include; Management, Food and Beverage operations, Rooms Operations, Revenue and Yield Management, Finance, Management of Stakeholders, Crisis Management, Strategy Development and implementation, Leadership and Development, Coaching and Mentoring, Project Management.
Councillor Dermot lacey
Dermot Lacey is a member of Dublin City Council since 1993 and former Chairperson of the Housing, Finance, Employment and Arts Committees. He has uniquely served as Chairperson of the Dublin Regional Authority, the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly and the Eastern and Midlands Regional Assembly. He was Lord Mayor of Dublin 2002-2003. He is a member of the board of the Royal Hospital Voluntary Housing Association and was a member of the main Hospital Board. He was a founder member of Beech Hill Housing Initiative.
Dermot is Leader of the Labour Group on the City Council, a member of the Dublin City Education and Training Board was previously a Board member of FAS and the Dublin Docklands Development Council. He was one of the initiators of the 20% Social and Affordable Housing requirement in the Docklands area - a move that was followed by legislation across the Country. He published proposals “A Fair City - One Dublin Many Dubliners" which set out new governance proposals for Dublin. He co-founded the popular local newspaper “News Four” and is actively involved in Community Employment schemes across the area.
Dermot is a lifelong member of the Scout Movement and has recently published “All the Red Ties” – a history of Scouting in Donnybrook.
Martin is the Principal Advisor/ Chief Architect in the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and is head of business for Built Heritage, Architectural Policy and Strategic Infrastructure. He has specific responsibility for National Built Heritage Policy and Planning, Built Heritage Capital Investment Funding, the Government Policy on Architecture Implementation programme, National Landscape Strategy and bodies such as the Heritage Council and Waterways Ireland.
The mission statement of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is to promote and develop Ireland's arts, culture and heritage; to advance the use of the Irish language and to facilitate the sustainable development of the Gaeltacht and Islands.
Dr. Mary Lee Rhodes
Dr. ML Rhodes is the Director of the Centre for Social Innovation and Associate Professor of Public Management at Trinity College, Dublin. Her research is focused on complex public service systems, housing and social innovation and social finance. Dr. Rhodes has published numerous articles on housing and complex adaptive systems and her last book was on Complexity and Public Management published by Routledge in 2011. Her current research is on the nature and dynamics of social innovation and impact and she is developing research on social finance and resilience.
She has been a member of the Board of Directors in several non-profit housing organisations in Ireland, including Cluid and the Simon Communities, as well as on related government agency boards and committees. She completed her PhD in Public Management at Trinity College in 2008 and her MBA at Wharton, Univ. of Pennsylvania in 1990. She also has an MSc from the London School of Economics in Systems Analysis & Design and a BA in Economics from Yale University.
Trinity College Dublin / Centre for Social Innovation
Located in the heart of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin is recognised internationally as Ireland’s premier university and as one of the world's leading research-intensive universities. (ranked 88th in the world in QS Global rankings 2018). The mission of the Trinity Centre for Social Innovation is to make a positive impact on society and the environment through engagement, research, innovation and teaching.
Michael Ingle grew up in Sandymount and has a long family history in the South Docklands area. Community development and activism have always been an important part of his life. He has been a director of Longboat Quay Management Company since Dec 2012, through this he helped found GCDRA in early 2014.
Michael is sales and marketing director of a distribution business, working there since 2003.
Grand Canal Dock Residents Association
Grand Canal Dock Residents Association (GCDRA) was formed to give a voice to the new community living in the area, we host fun community events and share information on local developments with our members. We are devoted to enhancing the quality of life of our members and all the residents of the Grand Canal Dock area in a fair, democratic and inclusive way.
Paul Molumby was appointed Director of Currency and Facilities Management in August 2012 and is responsible for the Currency Production, Currency Issue, and Facilities Management divisions. Paul was responsible for the programme to establish the North Wall Quay Campus and relocate there in 2017. He previously served as Head of Payment and Securities Settlements Division from July 2010 to July 2012.
Prior to joining the Central Bank, Paul was a senior manager with Ulster Bank Group where he held roles in information technology, payments, change management and mortgage operations. Before this, he was Head of Information Technology at the NTMA, having joined from ICC Bank where he was Systems Development Manager. Paul commenced his career with Aer Lingus and he holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin.
Founded in 1943, the Central Bank is Ireland’s national central bank within the Eurosystem, and is also Ireland’s financial regulator. The Central Bank’s goal, in line with its mandate, is to safeguard stability and protect consumers. In 2017, the Central Bank moved from Dame Street to its new Docklands Campus on North Wall Quay.
Eamonn O'Reilly has been the Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company since August 2010. He joined Dublin Port Company from Portroe Stevedores Limited where he served as the Chief Executive since 2005. He also held the role of Group Business Development Manager of Portroe’s parent company, Doyle Shipping Group, during that time.
Prior to joining the Doyle Shipping Group he served as Business Development Manager for Securicor Ireland. He has also worked as a management consultant with KPMG and previously served as Chief Executive of Marine Terminals Limited in Dublin Port between 1992 and 1996. An electrical engineer by profession, he is a Graduate of University College Dublin and holds an MBA from Trinity College Dublin.
Dublin Port is Ireland’s premier port, handling almost 50% of all trade in the Republic of Ireland. Located in the heart of Dublin City and at the hub of the national road and rail network, Dublin Port is a key strategic access point for Ireland and in particular the Dublin area.
Dublin Port shares a unique connection with the city of Dublin. It is a bond that is not just physical – it’s a shared history, culture and community between the port and our capital city.
To strengthen, continue and encourage this connection Dublin Port has commissioned a series of cultural and heritage initiatives, designed to present Dublin’s rich maritime heritage in new and thought-provoking ways. These recognise the importance of Dublin Port and its integration with the city, and celebrate this unique connection.
Ms. Terre Duffy was appointed Docklands Development Manager by Waterways Ireland in 2016 to lead a team to develop Grand Canal Dock, Spencer Dock and the Dublin Canals and champion the potential that the Docklands Area offers Dublin for growth, recreation, tourism and general well being. Terre has worked in development, strategic planning and cultural management for over two decades both in Ireland and abroad.
Catherine O’Brien is a member of the Executive Management Team of Co-operative Housing Ireland and, as Head of Customer Services, has lead responsibility for the delivery of housing, childcare and community services on a national basis.
Co-operative Housing Ireland is the national organisation, representing, promoting and developing co-operative housing in Ireland. This includes co-operatives in the Docklands area, on both sides of the River Liffey, on Townsend Street, Sean McDermott Street and in East Wall. It also incorporates Island Key Co-operative Childcare service which delivers a range of services to the local community in East Wall. Catherine spent three years developing our services in Island Key and has worked to develop the community network of the service in the area. She assisted with the negotiation of the ABC Anti Child Poverty Programme within the Docklands area.
Catherine has significant experience in bringing the experience of local practice to external forums. She has been a board member of Early Childhood Ireland since 2011 and is currently Vice Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee. Catherine regularly represents Co-operative Housing Ireland in a wide range of stakeholder relationships including our membership of the Community and Voluntary Pillar. Catherine is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and holds degrees in Early Years Education, Politics and History.
Dolores is an active member of her community in the South Docklands with over 40 years’ experience working and campaigning for the area. Dolores is a founder member and current Director of the St. Andrews Resource Centre Pearse Street Dublin 2.
A member of the Credit Union Advisory Committee and founder member of the Grand Canal Docks Trust and the Grand Canal Catering Co-Operative.
Dolores has undertaken extensive work as both an advocate for the local community and has been deeply involved in developing the community and area in her role as a Council Member in Dublin Docklands Development Authority and as a Director of the Docklands Community Trust.