Panel Speakers

RIAI Conference 2018

October 5 & 6 | Royal Dublin Society

Niamh Randall

Niamh Randall

Niamh has been working within the field of housing, homelessness and drug use for over 20 years and is the Head of Policy and Communications for the Simon Communities in Ireland.She is the National Spokesperson speaking on behalf of the Simon Communities on national policy, advocacy and strategy matters. Niamh was the Irish Representative on the FEANTSA Administrative Council from 2011-2013. She has a degree in Sociology and Social Policy (UCD); a Master’s of Science in Drug and Alcohol Policy (TCD), a CIH/ICSH Certificate in Housing, and has recently completed the IHREC/IPA Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality.

 

David O’Brien

David O’Brien

Since 2011 David has been the Chair of the Government Contracts Committee for Construction and senior adviser on public works and construction services procurement. He is a member of the National BIM Council and the Construction Sector Group established under the National Development Plan to promote regular and open dialogue between the public sector and key segments of the construction industry. Prior to his current role he worked with the National Building Agency where he was a lead architect on social housing and urban regeneration projects. 

 

Peter Halpenny

Peter Halpenny

Peter Halpenny is Group Developments Director of Ballymore Group, with overall responsibility for implementing the Ballymore Group’s developments strategy across development assets in the UK and Ireland. Prior to joining Ballymore, Peter spent 8 years in a similar role with the Mountbrook Group, where his focus was on quality residential, commercial and retail developments across the Greater Dublin area. Before moving into Property Development Peter had spent 4 years in Consultant Quantity Surveying in Dublin, with the then Bruce Shaw Partnership. During this time he was primarily focused on speculative commercial office and retail developments. Peters career started in General Contracting, having graduated from DIT Bolton Street, with McInerney Group, gaining experience across an array of Sectors and projects in Ireland, the UK and the Middle East.

 

Laurence Lord

Laurence Lord

Laurence Lord, MRIAI is an architect and curator. He is Co-Commissioner/Curator of the Irish National Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia 2018 (www.free-market.ie). He practices as an architect with AP+E and is a studio lecturer at the Cork Centre for Architectural Education.