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.
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.
Elisa O' Donovan
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.
Senior Communications & Advocacy Officer
Ray Burke joined Mental Health Reform as Communications and Campaigns Officer in February 2015 and now leads out on our communications and advocacy work. Before this he worked as a Policy Officer with the Disability Federation of Ireland. Ray spent 4 years working in community development in South West Inner City Dublin and has also worked as an independent social researcher in the community sector. Ray holds a Masters degree in Rights and Social Policy from Maynooth University and is currently pursing a PhD in Social Policy in UCD. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Communications & Development Officer
Ross Flanagan joined the Mental Health Reform in July 2018 as the Digital Communications & Development Officer. Having completed a BSc. in Psychology and studies in counselling, Ross has worked in many areas including homelessness and homelessness prevention, human rights, diversity and equality, and specialist palliative care. As a long standing advocate for mental health and diversity, Ross has held voluntary roles with the International Association for Youth Mental Health, St. Patrick's Mental Health Services, the Special Interest Group for the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, the National LGBT Federation, Gay Switchboard and HIV Ireland. Pronouns: he/ him.
Administrative & Information Assistant
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.
Research & Policy Advisor
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.
Finance & Operations Manager
Pauline is a qualified Accounting Technician of 30 years gathering her experience in a variety of senior accounting roles both in Ireland and abroad. Prior to joining MHR, she held the position of Financial Controller within the property sector for 17 years. Pauline holds an honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Middlesex University and is currently a volunteer counsellor with the Dublin Simon Community.
Senior Project Officer (e-Mental Health)
Dominika Topolska joined Mental Health Reform in November 2016 as e-Mental Health Project Executive. The e-MEN project, in partnership with 5 other EU countries, aims to develop an EU-wide platform for e-mental health innovation and implementation. Prior to joining MHR Dominika has worked for 2into3, Forum Polonia, Dublin Employment Pact & New Communities Partnership (EU Integration Fund Project) , 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.
Policy & Research Assistant
Yvonne Murphy joined the Policy & Research Team in October 2020. Yvonne is a PhD Candidate with UCC’s Department of Government & Politics, she has an LL.M in International Human Rights Law and BA in Geography. Most recently, she has worked in community development as Coordinator of Cork City Public Participation Network and in a client facing role within Cork Simon Community’s Employment & Training Team. Yvonne is committed to promoting needs-based access to trauma informed care for those experiencing challenges in their lives. This is what drew her to working with Mental Health Reform. A former Oireachtas worker (Parliamentary Assistant and Parliamentary Group Coordinator), Yvonne has expertise in legislative and policy research, policy development, public affairs, and providing support to public representatives. Combined with her time as a political campaign worker, college lecturer and academic researcher, she has developed a varied knowledge of policy and research in the Irish context. Pronouns: she / her