Senior Management

Jim McShane

Chief Executive

Jim has over 25 years social housing experience both nationally and internationally. During his career he has held a variety of positions in the sector including in housing management, policy, investment, development and compliance. Jim has been Chief Executive Officer with Ark Housing Association since January 2017 and prior to that held the position of Director of Operations from 2014.

Jim holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Housing Management & Policy and in 2014 obtained a Level 7 Diploma in Leadership through the Institute of Leadership and Management. Jim is a current member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Chartered Management Institute.

Cathy Walsh

Director of Property Services

Cathy has over 23 years’ experience in property development, investment and asset management within the Social Housing sector. She holds a BA(Hons) Degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Town Planning and, in 2014, obtained the Level 7 Diploma in Leadership through the Institute of Leadership and Management. Cathy is a member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Cathy has been Director of Property Services with Ark Housing Association since 2014 and has extensive experience in project and contract management, procurement and health & safety compliance.

Laura O’Dowd

Director of Housing

Laura has over 18 years social housing experience at an operational and strategic level. During her career, Laura has had experience of working in frontline housing as well as within the tenant participation and community development sector. Laura has sat on a number of Boards including the Chartered Institute of Housing, Ulidia Housing Association and Choice Housing. Laura has also undertaken the role of Vice-Chair and Chair of the Chartered Institute of Housing for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Laura has been Director of Housing with Ark Housing Association since June 2018 and prior to that held the position of Support Services Manager with Supporting Communities since 2014.

Laura holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Housing Management & Policy and in 2018 obtained a Level 7 Certificate in Leadership through the Institute of Leadership and Management. Laura is a current member of the Chartered Institute of Housing

Sonia Devaney

Director of Finance & Corporate Services

Sonia has over 16 years’ experience working in the housing sector. She took up the role as Director of Finance and Corporate Services in Ark Housing in June 2018 and had previously been Finance Manager with Triangle Housing for 15 years. She started her accounting profession working in an accounting practice before moving on to manufacturing.

Sonia is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and is a current member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.