Oona became Chief Executive of Brunelcare, a Bristol based housing association providing homes, care and support in late 2109. She was previously the CEO of United Communities housing association where she remained at the helm for 16 years, growing the organisation from its inception to become one of the leading providers of affordable homes in Bristol.
Brunelcare provides a community pathway model of care in the West of England and Somerset. Providing 1000 supported homes in 31 sheltered housing sites, three extra care schemes, a retirement village, five care homes, two reablement centres and a domiciliary care service.
The experience of Covid has reinforced the urgent action needed for a fair deal for those who work in social care and Oona has been actively campaigning for this at a local political level to gain support from Local Authorities and Commissioners, including working in partnership with trade unions. In 2017 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research global approaches to housing millennials, which included intergenerational housing and co housing communities. A scheme she developed in 2019 – LaunchPad- drew on this research and has won awards for its innovation. She is now working alongside the Bristol Housing Festival to replicate through intergenerational housing as part of Brunelcare’s approach to the redevelopment of some of its sheltered housing schemes.
Oona was on the Board of national Placeshapers until 2019, she chairs the Bristol Housing Festival Steering Group and has just joined the Board of Second Step, a housing association providing mental health support, housing and advocacy.