Our Experience

Real value in an ever-changing world

Given the extensive house building experience within the team, Dwellings prides itself on delivering for its clients in line with changing consumer tastes, and also keeping ahead of the myriad of compliance and regulatory change over the years.

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Our Team

Building relationships not just homes

We have brought together the key skills of a number of former McInerney executives alongside the commercial and investment support of Matter Real Estate.

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Executive Team

Barry O'Connor

Chief Executive Officer

Barry began his professional career qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers and Lybrand (now PWC). He joined ICC Bank before making the move to McInerney in 1988, which at the time was the largest house builder in Ireland. Barry held a number of Executive positions and lead the business as its Chief Executive.

Barry set up Genesis Homes in 2012 to focus on the need to bring private investment into the residential construction market which has lead to the current partnership with Matter Real Estate.

Barry has overseen the construction of 25,000 houses both in Ireland and the UK over the course of his career to date.

Barry is an Executive Director of Dwellings.

Jonathan O’Connor

Chief Operations Officer

Jonathan has over 20 years’ experience in the real estate industry across many asset classes. He has been actively involved in deal origination, deal structuring and delivery of asset business plans. He has worked closely with family offices, and private equity partners to ensure there is close alignment of all parties through each stage of the investment life cycle.

Jonathan began his career with KPMG (Dublin & New York) where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He spent 14 years with Avestus Capital Partners (Quinlan Private) where he had responsibility for a large real estate portfolio. He then became CFO of Capital Assets and was responsible for the set up and implementation of their investment and underwriting platform.

Jonathan is an Executive Director of Dwellings.

Stephen Hereward

Chief Finance Officer

Stephen is responsible for the company’s financial functions, including accounting, audit, treasury and corporate finance. Stephen has over 15 years’ experience in international business and Plc’s across construction, healthcare, travel, renewable energy and professional services. His experience includes significant acquisitions, disposals, financing and turnaround experience in highly leveraged debt environments.

Stephen was previously the Finance Director of Action Health and led the sale of the Primary Care Centre portfolio in 2019. Stephen previously held senior finance positions in JAC Travel (one of the world’s leading suppliers of online hotel accommodation for the global travel industry) and BMI Healthcare (the largest private Healthcare provider in the UK with over 54 hospitals and treatment centres).

Stephen is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland, has completed certificates of Corporate Finance and Funding, and International Treasury Management from the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He has also previously worked with BDO in audit and taxation advisory.

Construction Team

Alan McClearn

Head of Construction

Alan graduated from GMIT with a degree in Construction and Building Management. He spent 14 years with McInerney and was responsible for the completion of many large scale residential developments during this time e.g. Doughiska, Galway.

Alan is currently responsible for the successful completion of each residential project.

Alan Cunniffe

Head of Planning & Commerical

Alan is an experienced Chartered Town Planner with residential and commercial experience spanning 20 years. Having worked in both the public and private sectors prior to joining Dwellings, Alan brings a wealth of practical experience, leadership and project management skills.

Previous experience in managing multidisciplinary design teams at local authority level across both forward planning and development management has provided Alan with detailed working knowledge in preparing land use plans, major planning proposals and working collaboratively with national & regional bodies, local authorities, state agencies and the private sector. In his role as Regional Manager with an Approved Housing Body, he has managed a number of high profile acquisitions and leases.

As Head of Planning & Commercial, Alan and his team ensures that Dwellings deliver high quality residential projects with a clear focus on quality: in design, landscape and finish.