Harry is an experienced medical doctor who qualified in 1976 and having spent some time running a hospital in the Third World has worked as a senior GP within the Irish Health System for over thirty-five years. He has a long-standing interest around mental health especially the management of anxiety, depression, toxic stress and prevention of suicide. He is also interested in providing parents and adolescents with skills to improve the mental health of latter. He is especially interested in the concept of emotional resilience and how developing skills in this area could transform our mental health. He has developed a holistic approach with an emphasis on the combination of combining Neuroscience concepts, lifestyle changes and where necessary drug therapy, with the application of simple CBT approaches to effectively manage these approaches. He retired from full time general practice in 2013 to focus solely on mental health. He now works on a consultancy basis combining clinics, writing, media and public information lectures as well as assisting fellow GPs, nurses and therapists with lectures and workshops.
He has visited Google HQ on several occasions. On his first visit he briefed teams and did a videoed interview (available online) on how best to deal with all aspects of Anxiety. On several visits, this year – he has discussed the importance of management and staff developing Emotional Resilience skills to reduce incidence of anxiety, depression and stress. He has also visited many major companies (including Google HQ Dublin) around Ireland dealing with different aspects of mental health and resilience. He has also given some presentations on the subject in London.
He has written extensively on the subject and his Flag series of books have been widely read by professional and lay people interested in the area. His 6th book on Anxiety and Panic got to number one in the best – seller nonfiction list in Ireland. It combined a novel new approach to combining Neuroscience concepts with CBT to assist people eliminate or learn to deal with panic attacks, phobias, social anxiety and general anxiety. At the heart of his approach lies his belief that most people just need targeted skills that are simple to learn and apply to both manage and prevent mental health difficulties.
The Flag series have been taken on by the Orion Hachette group in London and relaunched in September and October 2017 and available in both Ireland, UK and online. His most international bestseller Emotional Resilience – how to safeguard your mental health was published by Orion UK in Dublin and London on 2nd May 2018 and has been number one in the nonfiction bestsellers in Ireland for many weeks and in the top five for months following its launch. He is currently writing his 8th book which will be published in May 2019 in Dublin and London.
He is a regular contributor to national press and media (both TV and radio) and is a monthly contributor to the Sean O’ Rourke show for almost four years. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Psychiatry and former Board member of the national depression group Aware. He is a member of an international group of experts (which includes for example Professor Catherine Harmer, Professor Cognitive Neuroscience Oxford – who has also reviewed some of his books) exploring how best to measure cognition in depression and who recently published their first journal article on the subject.
He was recently invited to address the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Mental Health in Ireland on the subject of Talk Therapy to outline his vision of how mental health should be delivered.
A HR professional and Chartered Fellow of CIPD with a background in Organisational and Workforce Development, HR Consultancy and Management Training delivery. Specialist interests include Coaching, Mentoring, Mediation, Emotional Intelligence, Life Long Learning and Training design and delivery to meet specific organisational needs. Karen gained a wide range of experience in the UK and Ireland in both the Public and Private Sector in HR, Training, Organisational Development and Consultancy before establishing Karen Maher Associates.
Karen Maher Associates specialises in Coaching and Mentoring, Workplace Mediation Services Emotional Intelligence Assessment and Action Planning, Building Resilience, and design and delivery of Management Development Programmes.
Prior to Karen Maher Associates, Karen was a successful Management Consultant for SHRC Ltd and the Health Management Institute of Ireland with a reputation across both public and private health services as a first-class management trainer and coach. Karen was responsible for designing and delivering successful development programmes including a popular Leadership and Management Development programme for nurses and midwives in the Dublin North East area as well as specific courses for Clinical Nurse Specialists and Public Health Nurses accredited by NMBI. She designed and delivered HMI programmes across the country focusing on a range of specific management skills as well one to one sessions dedicated to improving the professional and personal development and wellbeing of individuals from various organisations.
Previously employed in the UK by Cleveland Police specialising in Equality and Diversity, this role included the design and delivery of HR related training to Police Officers of all ranks. Karen was also employed for a number of years in Local Authorities in the North East of England as a Training Manager and Organisational Development Manager before moving to Ireland.
Educated to Masters levels, with a MA in HRM as well as a BA(Hons) in Education. A qualified Executive Business Coach and Mediator, licensed to deliver and interpret the EQi2 Emotional Intelligence Test and skilled in coaching teams and individuals.
Karen is passionate about HR and Organisational Development and helping people realise their full potential. Karen is skilled in a wide range of management disciplines and tools to facilitate Training and experiential learning with a considerable background in working with individuals, facilitating their personal growth and development.
Kevin is the founder of WorkMatters, a leadership and organisation development consulting firm focused on supporting business and HR leaders deliver their people strategies and to prepare for the future of work.
A leader in the areas of people strategy and leadership development for over 20 years, Kevin was a Partner and then Director of Willis Towers Watson where he led the firms HR consulting business in Ireland from 2002 to 2015. He then worked as a Talent and Organisation Development consulting director where he also led the development of the ‘Future of Work’ practice in Ireland.
With a background originally in IT and business development, Kevin went on to develop organisational, HR and reward strategies and solutions across a wide range of organisations and industry sectors.
He is a qualified executive coach and has a masters qualification in leadership and management practice. He is also a member of the associate faculty for the Irish Management Institute where he teaches on a number of HR strategy, organisation development and leadership development programmes. Kevin is a chartered fellow of the CIPD and was appointed to the Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) which advises Ministers and Government Departments on the selection of senior civil service appointments.
A leading labour activation and employment activist, Kevin is also a member of the Labour Market Council and was the founder of Worklink, an award winning not for profit organisation set up to mentor and support unemployed jobseekers back into full time employment.
Orla is an International Human Resource Executive who has operated at C- Suite level in Europe, US and Asia. Over the past 25 years she has teamed with business leaders in multi-cultural, global markets, focussing on acquiring and growing businesses, in both consumer and enterprise technology. Her previous roles include, EMEA HR Director at HP, Global Vice President HR at Activision Blizzard, and most recently Chief Human Resources Director at eir in Ireland. On leaving eir she founded The Riasc Partnership – which works with a range of Entrepreneurial Companies and Not for Profit organisations on business, organisation strategy, she is also a Director of CDP Leadership Consulting which provides Executive Coaching and Leadership Assessment Programs to the Corporate market. Orla is also a well known advocate for the role of Women in Business and is a member of the Steering Committee of 30% Club Ireland, and the Board of the Shona Project. A Psychology and Economics Graduate from UCC, she completed a Diploma in Executive Coaching at IMI.
‘Having worked in both high growth and start up companies, I have seen the significant financial and market impact of developing, and retaining great people. My passion, is enabling the success of businesses through the development of their people and creation of talent/succession plans which allow our clients identify and retain highly valued leaders. My work enables me to share my experience with our clients to ensure they leverage all of their people and create an environment where everyone can be the best version of themselves. Business now moves so fast, that enabling agile, diverse and resilient organizations is key to success.’
Ms Ber Mulcahy, RPN, RGN, BBS, HDip HR Mgt, MDip Coaching Psychology, MSc MBI.
Ber Mulcahy is currently the Director of Nursing in Bon Secours Hospital Cork and has worked there for 30 years in a number of Nursing / Leadership roles as Nurse Tutor, Human Resource Manager and is now also a member of the Hospital Management Team.
Ber has a particular interest in the area of staff development and learning. For many years Ber lectured in UCC in the area of HR management where she used as her motto “People are our greatest asset, they appreciate with investment”.
Having completed a HDip in Coaching Psychology and an MSc in Mindfulness Based Interventions Ber identified the potential and great need for the promotion of stress reduction in the work place, particularly in health care where employees often express and suffer the symptoms of compassion fatigue and burnout.
Ber believes Mindfulness has a lot to offer employees both for their personal and professional lives in the area of stress reduction and building resilience. In 2016 she initiated a Programme on the introduction of Mindfulness for staff. To date approximately 200 staff have completed the MBSR Programme (8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme). Mindfulness has also been integrated to a number of patient education areas e.g. Cardiac Rehabilitation.
Ber has organized and delivered an annual Mindfulness Conference for the past three years in partnership with University College Cork with a growing attendance each year to a record high of 350 delegates in 2018.
Ber is currently studying for a Degree in Theology to complement the spiritual dimensions of Mindfulness.
While compassion is a core value of Bon Secours and the Irish Nursing profession, Ber believes that compassion needs to be clearly defined, understood, measured and tangible for both patients and staff.
Julian Hayes is a highly experienced Data Privacy and Security consultant with more than 16 years working in the telecommunications and IT industry. As Managing Director of Veneto Privacy Services, Julian provides in-depth data protection consultancy services to clients in diverse industries throughout Europe and the United States. Julian has previously worked in very senior roles, including reporting to the Chief Privacy Officer of Vodafone Group in London. Julian was also Privacy Officer for Vodafone Ireland for many years before moving to abroad for international experience.
Nick is one of the founding directors of The Wellness Crew and the Managing Director of Employee Financial Wellness, a financial wellness educational programme delivered to companies of all shapes and sizes.
Nick is a financial planning specialist by trade and has developed over the course of his career a deep understanding and expertise in employee financial wellness. He has consistently linked the importance of smart money management with the elimination of employee stress and has developed an educational programme which address this ongoing concern.
Nick is a Specialist Investment Adviser, Pension Trustee Practioneer, and one of a small number of Certified Financial Planners ™ operating in Ireland today.
He is now considered a thought leader on financial wellness in Ireland and has designed and runs Ireland’s leading Employee Financial Wellness programme which promotes a philosophy of “No Surprises”. This philosophy teaches employees how to identify, quantify and target their own future financial events, therefore eliminating the potential stress of not being prepared for the expected and the unexpected alike.
Following on from the success of Employee Financial Wellness, Nick, along with his colleagues decided to expand and launched The Wellness Crew in 2017, which is a one stop shop for employee wellness activities. The Wellness Crew designs and delivers corporate wellness programmes across 4 main pillars of wellness, namely Mind, Money, Fit and Food in a fun, engaging and meaningful way!
Jennifer is a chartered work and organisational psychologist and joined ESB in 2012, following a decade of HR advisory work in the not-for-profit sector.
Working within health, safety and environment – the focus of health promotion (both at individual and organisational level) has been a feature of her work, alongside the application of both behavioural science and psychological perspectives to support the health and wellbeing of ESB’s diverse workforce.
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