Mental Health Reform Board Members

Caroline McGrath, Chairperson of Mental Health Reform

Caroline is a practising barrister and has also worked extensively in the community and voluntary sector in Ireland in the areas of housing, homelessness, mental health and disability. Previous positions include Director of the Irish Mental Health Coalition, Director of Advocacy at Focus Ireland, Deputy CEO at Mental Health Ireland and Director of the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability.  Caroline holds an MA in the Sociology of Health and Illness and was called to the Irish Bar in 2008. Caroline is the legal Expert Director.

Edmond Molloy, Ph.D. Chairman of Mental Health Reform

Eddie has operated for 35 years as an independent consultant specialising in strategy, large-scale organisation change and innovation.  He has carried out assignments in all sectors, ranging from central banks to religious orders and from multinational corporations to NGOs and Universities.  He has extensive experience of consulting to the Public Service.  He has worked in many countries around the world and for four years was based in Barbados, West Indies.

Eddie’s academic background is in philosophy, clinical psychology, industrial psychology and organizational behaviour.  He is joint author of a number of books on improving productivity and quality of life. Over the past three years he has become deeply involved in the area of mental health.  He is Chairman of Mental Health Reform, which campaigns for improvement in Mental Health Services, and is Trustee of Genio whose mission is to accelerate the availability of proven, cost-effective solutions that enable people at risk of social exclusion to lead full lives.

Eddie is Director of Advanced Organisation.  He is married with two grown-up children.  He is Honorary Consul for Barbados in Ireland.

Paul Flynn is retired from the Medical Devices Industry where he held Senior Management positions for over thirty years mostly in Human Resources and General Management. He is married for 41 years with four grown up children. He is a service user and has just completed his studies in Personal and Business Coaching. His interests are in golf, reading and gardening. He was also on the first Independent monitoring Group for the Implementation of Vision for Change. Paul is the service user Expert Director.

Jacinta Hastings has been the Chief Executive Officer of Bodywhys – the Eating Disorders Association of Ireland, since 2007.  Prior to that she worked in a senior capacity with Mental Health Ireland and was involved in a number of European projects co-ordinated by Mental Health Europe. She has considerable experience of the statutory and voluntary mental health sectors having worked in both areas since the late 1980s.

Jacinta has contributed to the development, implementation and monitoring of strategic plans and is currently involved in lobbying, campaigning and advocating for eating disorders and mental health service improvement and the implementation of the relevant recommendations of the national policy ‘A Vision for Change’.  Jacinta is the voluntary sector representative on the Board of the EU funded Cross Border initiative C.A.W.T. (Caring and Working Together). Advocating for user involvement and a recovery based approach to mental health provision is a strong focus of current campaigning.

Sam McGuinness joined Dublin Simon Community in 2004 and his previous career spanned 25 years in General Management working in Ireland and abroad in the Financial Services, Technology and Healthcare Sectors. His areas of expertise include driving Strategy Development, Customer Service, Business Process Redesign and Change Management.

Sam is a member of the Simon Communities of Ireland Board and held the position of Chair and Vice Chair of the Homeless Network (Dublin) in the recent past.  Sam has been involved at a detailed level in the reviews and evaluations of the Homeless sector since 2008. He has participated extensively in the development of the ‘Pathway to Home’ Blueprint and Implementation Plan, which resulted in the recent Government approved reconfiguration plan for all Statutory and non-Statutory agencies involved in Homelessness in the Dublin Region.

Carol Moore is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland with a strong track record of implementing change in a wide range of industry sectors in functions from accounting, IT, logistics and change management. She has post graduate qualifications in social science, education, psychometrics, and a masters in psychology. Since 2000 she has been operating as a freelance management consultant, interim manager and coach specialising in helping organisations become more productive, implementing change through stakeholder involvement quickly and cost effectively. Carol has considerable experience of the not for profit sector, acting as chief executive in a number of not for profits organisations  and is also a  co-founder of Dual Diagnosis Ireland which raises awareness of the high prevalence of co-existing addiction and mental health problems. Carol is the finance Expert Director.

Colette Nolan is Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Advocacy Network (IAN)  Colette trained and works with IAN as a peer advocate since September 2000. Colette developed peer advocacy within all the mental health services in Dublin and Mid Leinster and worked with HSE, Department of Health, Vision for Change steering group, Mental Health Commission, Mental Health Ireland, Forum for Older People, and is an expert by experience with Amnesty International Ireland.

Stephen Treacy has been working in the areas of corporate strategy, business growth planning, new market/new product planning, and mergers & acquisitions for over 17 years in the United States and throughout Europe. Stephen’s recent Irish healthcare projects include a review of the €1bn Fair Deal offering on behalf of the HSE, an economic assessment of the introduction of Telehealth into Ireland and a review of healthcare expenditure and services for older people across the island of Ireland. Stephen owns a small strategic management consulting firm based in Dublin and is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin. Stephen is the Management Expert Director.

Tanya Ward is the Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance since 2012. Previously, she was the Deputy Director at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) where she worked for eight years. She has also worked with the Irish Centre for Migration Studies, the Irish Refugee Council, the Curriculum Development Unit and the City of Dublin VEC. A former lecturer in human rights on the MPhil in Ethnic and Racial Studies, TCD and the Masters in Equality Studies in the UCD School for Social Justice, she is a former board member with Campaign for Children and played a major role in the children’s referendum of 2012. She was also Vice President for the International Federation of Human Rights (2008-2011). Tanya has graduate and post-graduate degrees from UCC and a LLM in Human Rights from Queens University Belfast as well as a Certificate in Managing Community and Voluntary Organisations from the National College of Ireland.

Expert Advisors to the Board

Dr Mary Donnelly is a Senior Lecturer in the Law Faculty at University College Cork.  She works in the areas of mental health and human rights and is especially interested in issues of consent and capacity.  She is the author of Healthcare Decision-Making and the Law: Autonomy, Capacity and the Limits of Liberalism (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Consent: Bridging the Gap Between Doctor and Patient (Cork University Press, 2002) as well as  international and Irish articles and book chapters in relation to aspects of mental health law.

Mary is the legal and academic expert advisor to the MHR Board.

Dr. John Owens is a former Chairperson of the Mental Health Commission. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist and former Clinical Director of the Cavan/Monaghan Mental Health Service. Dr. Owens has been to the forefront of innovation in mental health service delivery with the development, under his leadership, of the home-based treatment model in the Cavan-Monaghan service.

John sat on the MHR Board from October 2010 to April 2013 and has since become the mental health expert advisor to the MHR Board.