Our Board



Mental Health Ireland’s Board of Directors meet bi-monthly to discuss the structures, activities and finances of the organisation. The Board includes a wealth of experience from the world of business, mental health and also includes service users. The Board is dedicated to supporting Mental Health Ireland’s activities and staff in their work to promote mental health, wellbeing and recovery. The Board is supported by a number of working groups and sub committees.

Hugh Kane


Mr Kane has over 40 years’ experience working in personal social services including the HSE and the Mental Health Commission, and held the post of Director of Operations at the social enterprise organisation Genio. He also contributed to the development of Connecting for Life, the national strategy to reduce suicide in Ireland 2015-2020, as a member of the Strategic Planning Oversight Group and recently Chaired the Oversight Group to oversee the development of Sharing the Vision: A Mental Health Policy for Everyone.

Ann Sheridan

Dr Marina Bowe

Dr Marina Bowe is a Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, after working for two years in medicine and paediatrics she commenced training with the Dublin University Rotational Psychiatric training scheme. She became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2003 and completed higher training in General Adult Psychiatry in 2009. In 2010 she commenced working as a consultant in the Dublin West South West Mental Health Services. In addition to working as a consultant in General Adult Psychiatry she has worked in rehabilitation, old age and psychiatry of intellectual disability at consultant level. Dr Bowe has a background in service development and has previously worked with the Genio in the role of Programme Manager for Mental Health. Her publications include being lead author on a book “Home not Hospital” which looks at the evolution of Ireland’s first home treatment team. Her area of interest is in the delivery of recovery focused Mental Health Services. Marina has provided “Recovery Consultancy” to the National Advancing Recovery in Ireland initiative. She has had additional training the areas of personal recovery and social role valorisation.

Sushil Teji

Ruairi Mulrean

Ciara Gillespie

Kathleen Chada

Eilish Kerrisk

Robert O'Connell

Vice Chairperson

John Gibbons

John Gibbons is Chartered Accountant with 20 years experience working in international business across multiple industries. John is the Group CFO and Executive Director of ATA, an Irish headquartered precision engineering company that manufactures and distributes cutting tools to leading industrial companies from their 11 facilities around the world. Prior to joining ATA, John spent 8 years with Dole plc (previously Total Produce), the New York stock exchange listed fresh produce company, where he focused primarily on corporate finance. John trained as a chartered accountant at KPMG. John also serves as a non-executive director of SwiftComply, a US-based gov-tech company.

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