Meet The Board
Ciara is currently the Business marketing Manager of Stepping Stones NI a group that helps people with disabilities access employment. In her previous role she was a Social Enterprise Business Advisor & Hub Manager for Work West. Ciara has spent the last 11 years working with social entrepreneurs. Having graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Communication Studies, Ciara pursued a career in corporate social responsibility working with small and large firms to reach solutions on social responsibility.
Sharon is the Finance and Office Manager for Suicide Bereavement & awareness Charity Lighthouse. Sharon has been the office manager for 10 years and has been instrumental in the development and success of the charity.
Lighthouse supported Thomas family after he took his life in 2009 and Sharon became very close to the family. Through links with the family Sharon and Lighthouse have supported the development of TAMHI. Sharon has overseen the development of all key policies and registrations which has enabled TAMHI to become a registered charity.
Jean is the mother of Thomas and former Chairperson of TAMHI. Jean wanted to set up TAMHI in memory of Thomas and turn what was a negative into a positive in terms of raising awareness of mental health and suicide.
Jean has organised a number of events and fundraisers for Lighthouse and would regularly volunteer to support their various initiatives.
Paul qualified as a social worker in 1991 and has worked for the NSPCC since late 2001. Prior to joining the NSPCC
he managed a probation funded hostel which accommodated a number of child sex offenders. In his social work career Paul has also worked directly with the survivors of sexual abuse as well as the perpetrators.
In his current post as Child Protection in Sport Officer for the NSPCC Paul’s primary role is working with sports governing bodies to promote good practice in their work with children. He provides sports organisations with advice on the development of safeguarding policies and procedures and responds to issues arising from specific cases.
Patrick Doyle is a qualified youth worker in the New Lodge Youth Center; and was previously part of a successful United Youth Programme working with young people Not in Education Training and Employment. Paddy has great skills and engaging with hard to reach young people; a qualified football coach and mentor, Patrick brings the skills needed to support TAMHI around championing resilience. Paddy has worked in the youth sector for 6 years now and brings a wealth of knowledge in terms of programme development and organisation direction.
Joe started TAMHI back in 2011 as a project that was set up to encourage football teams to Talk About Mental Health Issues and to help them explore how best to promote positive mental health and build resilience through sport.
Joe holds a 2.1 degree in Business Studies and has worked in administrative and development roles in both the NIHE and Invest NI.
In 2009 Joe joined the Sport NI team were he worked as part of the Community Sport Team for almost 5 years before leaving to pursue a career in TAMHI full time. Joe worked on Awards for Sport, Active Schools, International Sports Events, Boxing Investment programme and Sport Matters Capital Equipment Programme.