Our People

Deiric Ó Broin has been Director of NorDubCo since August 1999. For some years previously he was employed as an economic policy analyst in the private sector. From 1995-1997 he worked as a Ministerial Policy Adviser in the Office of Labour Affairs in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, and in the Office of the Tánaiste. He is a graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology (BA Hons and LLB), UCC where he obtained a MBS (Entrepreneurship and Innovation), Keele University, where he completed an MA (Research Ethics) and UCD, where he completed a MA (Politics and Economics) and PhD (Political Theory). He is the Chairperson of the Institute of Economic Development (Ireland Branch) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Regional Studies Association (Ireland Branch)


Jean Nelson took up the position of Administrator for NorDubCo in November 1997. A number of years prior to that she worked in the Personnel Section of the Central Statistics Office as secretary to the Director. She was also secretary to the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland. Following this she was employed in the private sector in the running of the family shipping business.


Jordana Corrigan graduated with a BSc in Spatial Planning from DIT in 2005. She began working as a planning consultant in the private sector before taking up a position with Louth County Council’s Forward Planning Department. Jordana has been working as a self employed planning consultant since 2009 mainly providing planning consultancy services to mobile network operators and service providers to the telecommunications industry. In 2014 Jordana returned to DIT to complete a MSc in Local Development and Innovation where she won the Walker Medal for Academic Excellence. She has a particular interest in economic development and how improvements in technology and communications have had a transformative effect on the nature and location of economic activity, particularly for those engaged in activities in the New Economy.


Breid Croal recently graduated with a MSc in Local Development and Innovation from the School of Transport Engineering, Environment and Planning at the Dublin Institute of Technology and is current working on a regional social economy ecosystem  research project with NorDubCo. Breid previously worked for the Irish Social Enterprise Network and, prior to her return to Ireland, she held a number of local government roles at the City of Edinburgh council, focussing on community engagement and development.


Jennifer Mc Aree graduated with a BSc in Environmental Science from NUI Galway in 2011. After working in the commercial sector for almost a year, Jennifer realised that she remained drawn to environmental and sustainability issues. Thus she embarked on the MSc Sustainable Development at DIT Bolton Street in 2012 and graduated in February 2014. Jennifer has worked with Fáilte Ireland (Sustainable Tourism Section), the Environmental Protection Agency and DIT Green Campus Programme. Jennifer became a a research associate with NorDubCo in July 2013 to work on the ‘Adapting to Climate Change: Social Sciences Shaping Public Policy at Local Level’ project. From March 2014 she contributed to the project periodically.


Alan Flood graduated in 2012 from Kings College London’s MA in Public Policy Programme. Prior to this Alan carried out researched on spatial planning and regional economic development after graduating with a BSc (Spatial Planning) from the School of Spatial Planning in the Dublin Institute of Technology. While at NorDubCo, Alan was the lead researcher on a project to assess employment trends in North Dublin, specifically highlighting the disparity between job announcements and job realisation. Alan also participated in research into transport developments in North Dublin and property developments in Athlone. In July of 2013 Alan relocated to Sydney, where he joined Intermedium, a market research consultancy whose primary focus is the Public Sector ICT market, federal and State, in Australia and New Zealand. In October 2014, Alan joined Oracle Corporation Australia to advise Enterprise and Public Sector organisations on Information Management Systems.


Hilary Murphy has a BSc in Spatial Planning and MSc in Sustainable Development. She has over nine years of experience in areas of technical urban planning, project management and international development. Having spent the last four years based in Nairobi, Kenya supporting global projects of the United Nations in both UN-Habitat and UNEP, Hilary currently works as a Technical Expert for UN-Habitat’s Safer Cities Programme. Here she is tasked with providing technical support to Municipalities and stakeholders alike to address issues of urban safety and crime prevention in developing cities around the world, with a particular focus on gender and social cohesion.


Catherine Murray is Director of Community Partnerships at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She previously worked in the office of United States Senator Bob Casey, Jr. for over five years as a Senior Policy Advisor. Prior to her position in the Senate, Catherine worked for Dublin City University where she led the development and launch of an adult education centre in Ballymun known as DCU in the Community. This learning centre serves over 180 adult students annually and provides a bridge for the local community to access higher education. While in Ireland, Catherine also earned a MA in International Relations from Dublin City University and co-authored a chapter based on a practitioner’s perspective of community development in Power, Dissent, and Democracy: Civil Society and the State in Ireland. Before her time in Dublin, she acted as community organiser for formerly homeless individuals in Chicago. Catherine originally hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and holds a BA from Villanova University in Political Science.


Eugene Waters has been a Research Associate with NorDubCo since 2005, when he co-wrote Governing Below the Centre as part of the Democratic Audit of Ireland Project funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Eugene worked in marginalised areas of London for seven years in the areas of financial inclusion, participatory democracy and community and adult education. During this time he developed LondonPlus Credit Union, one of the fastest growing credit unions in the UK and completed numerous pieces of funded research in on the Irish Community and in particular Irish survivors of institutional childhood abuse. Since 2012, Eugene has been the County Childcare Manager for Wicklow and is currently Vice-Chair of CCI, the representative body of the country’s 30 City and County Childcare Committees. He holds a BA in Humanities from St.Patrick’s College (DCU) and an MRes in European Public Policy, from Birkbeck (University of London).


Rachel Cook graduated with a BA in Linguistics and Information and Communication Studies from UCD in 2016. She returned to UCD to complete an MA in TESOL; her research focuses on developing a framework to assess the efficiency of self-access learning rooms in language teaching organisations. During this time she also joined NorDubCo as an intern, providing research and web development support. Currently she is employed in the private sector as a research coordinator.

Management Committee

Dr. Declan Raftery (Chairperson) – Dublin City University
Cllr. Alison Gilliland – Dublin City Council
Cllr. Paul McAuliffe – Dublin City Council
Cllr. Anne Devitt – Fingal County Council
Cllr. David J. O’Connor – Fingal County Council
Prof. Ronnie Munck – Dublin City University
Mary Taylor – Dublin City Council
Vanessa Carey – Dublin City Council
Mary MacSweeney – Dublin City Council
Bryan Coughlan – Fingal County Council
Noeleen MacHugh – Fingal County Council
Michael Bowe – Dublin North West Area Partnership
Paul Rogers – Northside Partnership

Board of Directors

Dr. Declan Raftery (Chairperson) – Dublin City University
Declan Wallace – Dublin City Council
Ethna Felten – Fingal County Council
Michael Bowe – Dublin Northwest Area Partnership
Paul Rogers – Northside Partnership