Michael Nash

Prof. James V. Lucey MD (Dub), PhD (Lond), FRCPI, FRCPsych

Job Title: Medical Director

Company: St. Patrick`s Mental Health Services

Special Interests: Health services management; General Adult Psychiatry specialising in clinical management of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) and other Anxiety Disorders

Clinical Expertise: Prof. Jim Lucey is Medical Director of St. Patricks University Hospital since 2008. He has more than 25 years experience in psychiatry. In addition to medical management he maintains his clinical practice at St. Patrick`s where he works on the assessment, diagnosis and management of obsessive compulsive (OCD) and other anxiety disorders.

In 1993 Prof. Lucey was appointed Consultant Psychiatrist, and Director of Psychiatric Intensive Care in St. Bartholomew`s Hospital in London. He returned to Ireland in 1997 to become a Consultant Psychiatrist with the Northern Area Health Board (HSE) at Connolly Hospital working in the community of North West Dublin. In 2002 he was appointed to St. Patrick`s where he became the Director of the Anxiety Disorders Service and also Consultant Psychiatrist with responsibility for electro-convulsive therapy. He has been a Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of London (1993-1997) at St. Bartholomew`s Hospital, London, and at The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (1998-2002) and is currently Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin.

Dr. Shari McDaid

Job Title: Director

Company: Mental Health Reform

Dr. Shari McDaid was appointed Director of Mental Health Reform as of 1st October 2013. Shari joined Mental Health Reform as Policy Officer in August 2011.  Prior to that, Shari worked with Amnesty International Ireland from 2008 to 2011 as policy officer for the mental health campaign. She was previously policy officer at the National Disability Authority and, before that, policy and administration manager at Schizophrenia Ireland. Shari received her doctorate 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.

Paul Cullen

Job Title: Health Correspondent

Company: The Irish Times

Carol Moore

Job Title: Co-Founder

Company: Dual Diagnosis Ireland

Principal:  Open Health
Website:  www.openhealth.ie

Carol has considerable experience of the health care sector, acting as chief executive in a number of health care voluntary service providers. She co- founded Dual Diagnosis Ireland, www.dualdiagnosis.ie  a registered charity which raises awareness of the need to treat addiction and mental health problems together. She also co-founded Mental Health Reform, a registered charity promoting improved mental health services www.mentalhealthreform.ie.
In August 2013, she was appointed by the Minister for Health, to the Social Workers Registration Board of CORU, www.coru.ie the state agency responsible for regulating
allied health professionals.

Her special interests are technology in health care and seamless care pathways for service users. She is currently leading a project to produce an online A to Z roadmap for navigating services for mental health issues and facilitating a nationwide campaign to improve awareness of the need to treat mental health and addiction problems together.

Carol is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland with a strong track record of implementing change in a wide range of sectors. 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 and innovative technologies quickly and cost effectively.
She has post graduate qualifications in social science, education, psychometrics, a masters in psychology and is an accredited mediator

Denis Bradley

Job Title: Consultant

Company: North West Alcohol Forum

Mr Denis Bradley was educated at St Columb’s College, Derry and later studied in Rome. He served as a priest in the Bogside and was a 26-year-old curate on Bloody Sunday but left the priesthood later in the 1970s.

Mr Bradley lives in Derry and was a founding member of Northlands alcohol and drugs residential counselling centre in 1973. He served as chairman at the Charity for a number of years and he remains involved with the work of the centre, as a consultant. Denis is also a consultant to the North West Alcohol Forum in Co Donegal.
Denis has been deeply involved in community affairs in Derry for many years and was a pivotal link in passing messages between senior Provisional IRA figures and the British Government, through MI6 – a move which eventually led to the IRA’s 1994 ceasefire.
He was Vice Chairman of the Northern Ireland Policing Board since its formation on 4th November 2001 until his resignation in 2006.

A well known political commentator, Denis also writes a monthly column for the Irish News and received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Ulster (July 05) for his contributions to the community and the peace process.
In 2007 he was appointed co-chairman, along with Rev. Robin Eames, of the Consultative Group on the Past in Northern Ireland.

Minister Lynch