Dr. Victoria Betton

Director, mHabitat, UK

Victoria is founder and director of mHabitat – an NHS hosted organisation which supports people-centred digital innovation in health and care. She is a qualified social worker and coach with over twenty year’s experience in local government, third sector and the NHS. She has Masters degrees in Women’s Studies, Social Work and a Diploma in Public Sector Relations. Her doctoral research was on the theme of mental health and online social networks. She is an Improvement Fellow at the Y&H Improvement Academy, an RSA fellow and a visiting research fellow at the University of Cumbria. She is a trustee for Solace, a refugee and asylum seeker charity. You can find her blog at www.codesigndigitalhealth.co.uk You can find her on Twitter @VictoriaBetton


John Saunders

CEO, Shine

John has been the CEO of Shine since 2001. As CEO he is specifically responsible for the development of accurate public awareness of mental ill health and highlighting the issues and concerns of people and their caring families.

He was a member of the Expert Group established in 2003, to review and update mental health service policy resulting in A Vision for Change. He was also a member of the NESF Working group on Mental Health and Social Inclusion.

John is a former member of the Board of Directors of EUFAMI (A European organisation of voluntary mental health associations representing families) and Mental Health Reform.

In June 2009 he was appointed as Chair of the 2nd Independent Monitoring Group to oversee and report on the implementation of Vision of Change policy. John is presently a board member of the Citizens Information Board and was a member of the 2nd and 3rd Mental Health Commission and is currently Chair. He is also the Director of See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership. See Change is Ireland’s national programme working to change minds about mental health problems in Ireland.

John has qualifications in nursing, a degree in Economics and a diploma in Public Administration.

Róisín Shortal

TD and Co-Leader, Social Democrats

Róisin has been a TD for Dublin North-West since 1992. She is the co-leader of the Social Democrats.

Róisin previously served as Junior Minister with responsibility for Primary Care. She recently chaired the Committee on the Future of Healthcare which has been tasked with developing an all-party consensus on a ten year strategy for delivering a universal single tier health service for Ireland.

Stephany Carolan

Founder and Director, WorkGuru and Researcher. University of Sussex, UK

Stephany is a work psychologist with a research interest in occupational digital mental health. She has worked at a national and regional level in England supporting the development of socially inclusive services for people who experience mental health problems. She worked as part of the team rolling out talking therapy (IAPT) services.

Her experience of working at a senior level in mental health services in England led to her developing a web-based intervention called WorkGuru which is aimed at people who are experiencing depression, anxiety and stress in the workplace. Recent research by Stephany and colleagues at the University of Sussex is showing that occupational digital mental health interventions are effective, but that some of the perceived benefits of digital health such as convenience and confidentiality don’t necessarily translate to occupational settings. Stephany’s research is helping us to understand how we can promote good mental health by increasing the effectiveness and the uptake of these interventions.

Dr Matthew Sadlier

Consultant Psychiatrist, Dublin North City Mental Health Services

Matthew is a graduate of UCD and after completing training in General Practice training he went on to complete higher specialist training in both General Adult Psychiatry and Psychiatry of Old Age. He is a former president (2013-2014) of the Irish Medical Organisation.

Dr. John Hillery

President, College of Psychiatrists of Ireland

John is a Consultant Psychiatrist in the services for people with intellectual disability run by Stewarts Care, Dublin and St. John of God Kildare Services, as well as the HSE Mental Health Services at Tallaght.

He is a former President of the Medical Council and the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities. Dr Hillery was also a member of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and of the Independent Monitoring Group for A Vision for Change (the national policy on Mental Health). He is the former Director of Communications and Public Education of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland.

Dr Shari McDaid

Director, Mental Health Reform

Shari was appointed Director of Mental Health Reform, the national coalition advocating for reform of the mental health system, in October 2013. She is the Chairperson of the Children’s Mental Health Coalition and a member of the Healthy Ireland Council. In July 2016 she was appointed to the National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health by the then Minister with responsibility for mental health, Helen McEntee, TD.

Shari joined Mental Health Reform as Policy Officer in 2011. Prior to that, she worked with Amnesty International Ireland from 2008 to 2011 as Policy Officer on its mental health campaign. She was previously Policy Officer at the National Disability Authority and Policy and Administration Manager at Shine.

Shari received her PhD in 2008 from the Equality Studies Centre at UCD, with a thesis entitled Power, Empowerment and User Involvement in the Public Mental Health Services in Ireland. Shari co-edited with Prof. Agnes Higgins the text Mental Health in Ireland: Policy, practice and law, published in 2014 by Gill and Macmillan.

Anne O’Connor

National Director, Mental Health Division, Health Service Executive

Anne trained as an Occupational Therapist in Liverpool and  worked in the UK for a number of years before returning to work in Dublin in 1995 where she completed an MSc in Occupational Therapy in Trinity College. In 2000 she took  up a Project Management role developing primary care services in the South Inner City of Dublin.

She became the Local Health Manager for North West Dublin in 2007 and Integrated Service Area Manager for Dublin North City in 2011.

She was appointed National Head of Operations and Service Improvement for the Mental Health Services with the newly formed Mental Health Division in December 2013 and took up the post of Acting National Director for Mental Health in May 2014. She was formally appointed to the role of National Director in December 2015 and is currently studying for an MSc in Management Practice.

The HSE’s Mental Health Division (MHD) sets out a vision to support the population to achieve their optimal mental health through the provision of a quality service, driven by continuous improvement. Anne has the privilege of leading the 10,000 staff members who deliver mental health services in Ireland – these services are provided to all ages and range from community based services to acute in-patient care.

Krystian Fikert

Founder and CEO, MyMind

Krystian is a Clinical Psychologist and CEO and Founder of MyMind Centre for Mental Wellbeing, a non-profit, social enterprise that provides affordable and accessible mental health services. Krystian is passionate about creating lasting systemic change through social and technological innovation.

As an ex-Googler, Krystian strongly believes that leveraging technology can empower individuals and put mental health care within everyone’s reach. In his work with MyMind, he has been named an Ashoka fellow and have received multiple awards from bodies such as Social Entrepreneurs Ireland.

Krystian has undergone extensive training from INSEAD – the Business School for the World, and was recently named their Social Entrepreneur in Residence.

Naoise Kavanagh

Head of Digital and Communications, ReachOut Ireland

Naoise joined youth mental health organisation ReachOut Ireland six years ago and in that time has managed all online developments (ReachOut.com and ReachOutParents.com to name a few), marketing, communications and app development. She has been working in digital media for over twelve years in digital project management, content strategy and development and online marketing, mostly in the not-for-profit sector. With an MSc in Digital Marketing and currently studying an MSc in Cyber-psychology, Naoise is interested in how technology is changing behaviour and how it can be used for good.

Pat Campion

Country Manager, Lundbeck

Pat has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for the last 20 years working across a wide range of therapeutic areas and currently now holds the position of Country Manager of Lundbeck’s Irish operation for the last four years.
Lundbeck is a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Copenhagen Denmark and is highly committed to improving the quality of life of people living with brain disease.  For this purpose, Lundbeck is engaged in the research, development, production, marketing and sale of pharmaceuticals across the world. The company’s key focus is to develop innovative treatments for patients in the area of depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

David Coyle

Lecturer, School of Computer Science, University College Dublin and Co-Founder, Handaxe CIC

David’s research focuses on the design of technology to support mental health interventions. This has included computer games and mobile apps to support interventions with adolescents and online system to support a wide range of mental health interventions for adults. David currently leads the EU funded TEAM research network; an EU-wide, interdisciplinary network of mental health experts, computer scientists, designers and policy experts. The overall objective of the network is to train a new generation of researchers who can help to deliver more effective, more affordable and more accessible mental health services for young people. TEAM currently supports 15 PhD students, all focusing on the design, development and evaluation of new technology-enabled mental health services for young people.

Patsy McCaughey

Coordinator of Mental-Health Provision, The High School in Dublin

Over the last 14 years Patsy has taught Classical Studies, History, CSPE, and SPHE and authored a Junior Certificate history text book entitled Discovering History. After becoming increasingly involved in the pastoral aspects of teaching he returned to university and qualified as an educational psychologist. In that role he became very aware of the absence of a coordinated inclusive approach to mental health within schools, despite it being the most obvious of places to implement such a programme.

Consequently, he developed a whole-school and embedded approach to the provision of positive mental-health. This programme seeks to work with the existing structures of the school and develop the capacity of staff and parents as well as with the students themselves. The programme focuses on raising awareness of issues, developing effective channels of communication, building capacity, and effecting a sense of empowerment and belonging.

Oisin Scollard

Co-Founder and Director, turn2me

Oisin setup the organisation in 2009, with Diarmuid, after the tragic loss of their brother, Cormac to suicide. Oisin is a Barrister by background and brought his internet development and legal skills together in creating turn2me. His vision is to make mental health accessible online to everyone at low cost or no cost, to harness the power of a connected online society. He currently works for Facebook, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA)

Maria Molloy

Chairperson, Mental Health Ireland

Maria formerly worked in the HSE as Manager for Older Persons Services in Co Clare. Prior to that she was a Director of Public Health Nursing in Co Clare.

She is a qualified R.G.N, R.M and Reg Public Health Nurse. Maria is involved with Ennis Mental Health Association for many years and believe passionately that we can make a difference at local level.

Joan Doran

Principal of Joan Doran Solicitors in Dundrum, Dublin, Chair of the Mental Health and Capacity Committee of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association and Chair of the Irish Mental Health Lawyers Association

Joan Doran is a Principal of Joan Doran Solicitors in Dundrum, Dublin. She is Chair of the Mental Health and Capacity Committee of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association and Chair of the Irish Mental Health Lawyers Association. She is also a member of the Mental Health Commission’s Legal Representatives panel. In 2014 she obtained a Masters from Maynooth University focusing specifically on the areas of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation.

Lisa Wallace

Business Unit Manager for Chronic Diseases, Janssen Ireland

Lisa Wallace is Business Unit Manager for Chronic Diseases in Janssen Ireland with responsibility for the neuroscience, diabetes and infectious diseases portfolio. Lisa joined Janssen in 1998 and has been working in the neuroscience and mental health area for the past ten years overseeing a number of initiatives as part of Janssen’s continuing commitment to delivering quality treatment and programmes for patients living with severe mental illnesses in Ireland. Janssen is a leader in neuroscience research, with over 50 years of experience in this area. We are dedicated to finding solutions to some of the most complex medical challenges. In neuroscience we seek innovative solutions, such as longer-acting treatments and community based patient initiatives, to achieve earlier intervention and adherence, and prevent relapse.

Laura Louise Condell

Member of College of Psychiatrists of Ireland REFOCUS (Recovery Experience Forum of Carers and Users of Services) and Mental Health Service User

Laura Louise has many years’ experience as both a mental health service user and asupport service provider. She has been treated for her mental health difficulties for over 15 years and is still engaged with services to help her manage her mental health. She is a passionate advocate of reducing the stigma around mental health in Ireland, and this is reflected in the various roles she has held over the last number of years; she was a See Change ambassador for over 5 years, and worked on the Green Campaign three times. She created the annual mental health day the Good Mood Festival and coordinates a female-run support service for LGBTQ people, Dublin Lesbian Line. She also facilitates wellness courses and in 2016 she became a member of the REFOCUS Committee in the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland.