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
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.
Niamh O' Connor
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.
Innovation Programme Coordinator
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.
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
Suzanna Weedle joined Mental Health Reform in April 2022 as Policy and Advocacy Coordinator. Suzanna previously worked in Crisis Management, supporting people through a range of trauma scenarios internationally. Suzanna has also worked as an Intellectual Disability Nurse across a variety of services for people with intellectual disability, many of whom also experienced mental health difficulties. She holds an MPhil in Psychoanalytic Studies and an MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from Trinity College Dublin. Her MSc dissertation explored the neuropsychoanalytic underpinnings of psychotherapy for people with intellectual disability who are non-verbal. She is passionate about the areas of disability and mental health.
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.
COMMUNICATIONS & MEMBERSHIP OFFICER
Stephen Sheil joined Mental Health Reform in March 2022 as Communications and Membership Officer. Prior to that, he worked in the Seanad as a Parliamentary Assistant. This role allowed Stephen to develop key skills in completing policy and research work, graphic design and video editing, and social media content creation. Before working in the Seanad, Stephen studied Political Science and Geography in Trinity College Dublin and was an active member of the Students’ Union. Stephen is a passionate mental health activist and has helped organise fundraisers in his local community.
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.