Meet the Mental Health Reform team
Chief Executive Officer
Fiona Coyle joined Mental Health Reform in 2020 as Chief Executive Officer. Before this, Fiona spent 2 years as Director of END FGM Europe. Fiona has extensive experience working in national and international civil society organisations, specialising in strategic and political planning and implementing multi stakeholder advocacy. Fiona was International Advocacy Manager at IPPF European Network where she led the federations engagement with the European institutions. She has previously been the network coordinator for EuroNGOs and Programme Manager at Dóchas, the Irish national platform of Development NGOs where she managed policy and programme co-ordination across the network of 65 NGOs and other civil society stakeholders.
Policy & Research Manager
Audry Deane joined Mental Health Reform as Senior Policy & Research Officer in November 2020. Audry is a policy specialist and has worked in the NGO sector since the mid 1990s to achieve better outcomes for people who struggle to access services.
She was health and education policy specialist with SVP, health policy analyst for the National Women’s Council and also worked on Age Action’s health brief. Audry also works as an advisor and researcher to a variety of organisations, the European Anti Poverty Network, Dóchas, St Stephen’s Green Trust, the City of Dublin Education and Training Board and the Ballyfermot Drugs and Alcohol Task Force. She serves on the Residential Tenancies Board, the Ethics Committee of the Irish Medical Council and on the Legal Services Regulatory Authority Review Committee.
Senior Project Officer e-Mental Health
Dominika Topolska joined Mental Health Reform in November 2016 to work on a European e-Mental Health Project (eMEN), which MHR is the sole Irish partner of. Currently Dominika leads a number of digital innovation projects that focus on advancement and implementation of e-Mental health. Prior to joining MHR, Dominika coordinated a number of EU projects in the field of migration and equality, and worked for organisations in the sector including; New Communities Partnership, Crosscare Migrant Project, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) and the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI). Dominika has a MA in Intercultural Studies from the Jagiellonian University.
Dr. Pádraig Ó Féich
Dr. Pádraig Ó Féich joined the Mental Health Reform team in June 2018. Before that, Pádraig completed a year-long post-doc working with University College Dublin and the Childhood Development Initiative on a housing policy paper. An experienced mixed-methods researcher and former UCD scholar, he was awarded a PhD by the School of Psychology in UCD in 2016, with a thesis entitled ‘A Study of Divergent Social Identities: The Case of Liberal-Catholics’. He has a history of research in the community sector, is currently a volunteer director of an inner-city community organisation, and has a strong interest in advocacy-based research.
Finance & Information Officer
Danea Brown joined Mental Health Reform as Administrative and Information Assistant in June 2018. Before that, Danea worked in an administrative capacity in a mental health organisation providing advocacy to service users. Danea completed a BA in History and Political Science from Trinity in 2015 and has since had administrative roles in both the public and private sector. While still in college, Danea spent two summers working in America with adults with special needs, a lot of whom also suffered from mental health difficulties, and this is where her interest in working within mental health services began.
Community Development Officer CHO3
Elisa O’ Donovan joined Mental Health Reform in October 2020 as Community Development Officer for the Mid-West. She holds an MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability studies from UCD and has recently completed a Professional Qualification in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Limerick. Elisa worked with Headway for many years and more recently was the Acquired Brain Injury Co-ordinator for Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary. She has worked as a Research and Policy assistant with the Disability Federation of Ireland and as Community Development Worker with Limerick Mental Health Association.
Communications & Membership Officer
Claire O’Farrell joined Mental Health Reform in March 2021 as Communications and Membership Engagement Officer. She graduated with subjects Psychology, Sociology and Politics and from NUI Galway in 2010. Claire went on to work as a Features Writer and Editorial Assistant for a national magazine. Since then, she was awarded an Honours Masters in Health Promotion from NUI, Galway and subsequently worked as Health Promotion Officer with Mental Health Ireland. Claire regularly volunteers with Horses Connect, who provide therapeutic horse riding for people with a wide range of physical, emotional, cognitive and sensory disabilities.
Dominique Phillips joined Mental Health Reform in April 2021 as Programme Officer. Prior to this, Dominique worked as a research assistant on a project in UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, which was undertaken in partnership with Family Carers Ireland. She has additional experience as a disability support worker and currently volunteers as an online supporter with the mental health charity Aware. Dominique holds a BSc in psychology and a MSc in health psychology.
Communications & Engagement Manager
Niamh O’Connor joined Mental Health Reform in June 2021 as Communications and Engagement Manager. Prior to this, Niamh was a Programme Executive at Transparency International Ireland where she managed communications and programme development across an international coalition of civil society stakeholders. Niamh was previously a Public Relations Consultant at Q4 Public Relations where she worked with a broad range of governmental and not-for-profit organisations including the Department of Health, Children’s Health Ireland, the National Transport Authority, the One Foundation and Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services. Niamh holds an MA in Media and Communication from the University of Greenwich and a Diploma in Digital Marketing from the Digital Marketing Institute.
Operations & Office Coordinator
Wendy Mitchell joined Mental Health Reform in July 2021 as Operations and Office Coordinator. Prior to this Wendy worked in the financial services sector, holding positions in the area portfolio case management, stakeholder engagement and legal services. She has an LLB in Law and in the course of completing her Masters in Public Policy 2020, undertook a dissertation on the topic of dual diagnosis of addiction and mental health difficulties.
Policy & Advocacy Coordinator
Ber Grogan joined Mental Health Reform in August 2021 as Policy and Advocacy Coordinator. Before that, she worked in the Dáil as a Parliamentary Assistant. Starting with an Independent Deputy on Opposition benches in 2014, Ber quickly learned about the inner-workings of the Houses of the Oireachtas. Ber was also a Director of Elections in 2016. The role included writing legislation, amendments, motions, speeches, completing research and policy work, representing the Deputy when needed, Committee work, communications and PR. Prior to working in the Dáil, Ber worked in areas such as homelessness, community development and re-integration supports for people leaving prison. In her spare time, Ber coordinates some volunteer activities, such as a Christmas food hamper event and local community organising. Ber has worked with, and advocated for, people with mental health difficulties for many years.