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Men's Development Network, Block B Buckley Hall,
27-30 Buckingham Street Lower, Dublin 1, D01 YA44

Staff & Directors

MDN Team

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Sean Cooke

Seán Cooke is the Chief Executive Officer of the Men’s Development Network and has been since October 2018.

As Chief Executive Officer, Seán is responsible for the overall strategic and operational management of the organisation, including full responsibility for staff and budgetary management, implementation of strategy and supporting the board. He is also the official spokesperson for the Men’s Development Network, responsible for external relations and corporate affairs.

The Men’s Development Network is regularly asked by various government departments or agencies to represent Men on advisory or consultative fora and/or at conferences, both national and international, and in these spaces, I advance the policy positions of our organisation.

Seán’s primary degree was in Communications Studies with a Masters in Community Development. He has over 30 years’ experience working in Community and Voluntary sector both at front line and senior management level. Previous experiences included working in Community and Youth Development, Project Management of major community based capital projects and as a local development consultant.

Director of Services (Client Supports)

John Doyle

As Director of Services (Client Supports), John Doyle is responsible for the day-to-day management of our six MEND programmes in Waterford, Wexford, Carlow/Kilkenny, Laois/Offaly, South Tipperary and Kildare.

John has trained as a psychotherapist, specialising in body-based psychotherapy. He trained initially in Biodynamic Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Gerda Boyesen Centre in London, and has completed levels 1 and 11 trainings with Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Boulder, Colorado. He worked in private practice for 10 years. John is an Accredited Member of the National Association for Pastoral Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Since 2006 he has been the National Co-ordinator of MEND (Men Ending Domestic Violence), managing its delivery of the CHOICES programme. MEND represented Ireland in the European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA) in 2013.

John has presented at conferences nationally and in Europe and was a Board member of “Working with Perpetrators – European Network” for three years.

Director of Services (Health Development and Advocacy)

Colm Kelly Ryan

Colm Kelly Ryan (he/him) is Director of Services (Health, Development & Advocacy) with Men’s Development Network. He is responsible for the management and oversight of training programmes, research, policy, and campaigns.

An International Human Rights Lawyer. Colm holds an LL.M in International Human Rights Law from Lund University, Sweden.

Colm works closely with the CEO’s office in the development of internal strategy and policy documents. Colm often represents the organisation as a speaker on topics such as men’s health, ending men’s violence against women, Gender-Based Violence prevention and male allyship for gender equality and care.

Since 2022, Colm has represented Men’s Development Network as a member of the Steering Committee of MenEngage Alliance Europe, network of partners working to dismantle patriarchy through gender transformative work with men and boys as allies for gender equality and in preventing male violence against women/Gender-Based Violence.

Training & Resource Development Manager

Lorcan Brennan

Lorcan Brennan is Training & Resource Development Manager.

He has almost two decades’ experience in the work that has included engaging with men, supporting the development of gender-sensitive training resources, informing men’s health policy, and mentoring and facilitating training with frontline service providers nationally.

Lorcan has been centrally involved in the Engage National Men’s Health Training Programme partnership.

He continues to support key men’s health initiatives focused on cancer prevention, engaging young and middle-aged men around mental health, international Men’s Health Week, the Irish Men’s Shed’s – Sheds for Life Programme, and Traveller men’s health matters.

Lorcan is an experienced broadcaster and has presented radio programmes highlighting issues impacting on men’s lives through MDN’s ‘Coming Into View’ radio programme.

Deputy Director of Services (client supports)

Joyce O'Sullivan

Joyce O’Sullivan works as the Deputy Director of Services (client supports) for the Men’s Development Network. She liaises with a variety of other services, ensuring the promotion of the Male Advice Line, and works collaboratively with them to support all clients. She provides over-the-phone and face-to-face support where required for men in the Southwest area of the country. 

Joyce has a degree in Theology and Sociology, with a post-grad diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She holds qualifications in Clinical Pastoral Education and is accredited as a healthcare chaplain. She has extensively worked across all areas of support within her role as a Pastoral Care Worker and Chaplain in numerous healthcare settings. Joyce is qualified as an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist holding a master’s degree in this field.  

Joyce has experience working with the vulnerable, patient advocacy, and counselling.  

Financial Administrator

Deborah Corcoran

Deborah is the Financial Administrator for Men’s Development Network, with a BA in Accounting. She spent over fifteen years working in industry, with extensive experience in business management, accounting and bookkeeping. She deals with the financial functioning of the MDN organisation.

Deborah is on the Waterford Mental Health Association committee as Deputy Treasurer, Waterford WRAP Network committee, a volunteer with Waterford Befriending Service and a WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) Facilitator.

Area Programme Coordinator MEND

Michael Delaney Hennessy

Michael is Coordinator of the MEND (Men Ending Domestic Abuse) Programmes in Carlow/Kilkenny, Laois/Offaly and Kildare. He has previously held several positions within MDN: NMHP Administrator, Engage National Men’s Health Training Co-ordinator, Company Secretary, Compliance Officer, Campaign and Events Manager.

Michael has been working full-time with MDN since 2014, but his involvement stretches back to our origins in 1997.

Michael has vast experience both from the private and public sector and holds a level 7 Dip. in Youth and Community Work from UCC, National Certificate in Business and People Management from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Michael also holds a National Certificate in Business Studies (Business Enterprise Development) from Waterford IT. He has a logical mind with a practical approach to problem solving.

Area Programme Coordinator MEND

Marie Horgan

Marie is Coordinator of the MEND (Men Ending Domestic Violence) Programmes in Waterford, Wexford and South Tipperary. She has a background in Community Education and is an experienced Facilitator and Project Coordinator.  

Marie brings transferable skills from past employment, in Community Development, Community Education, volunteering as well as sports coaching.

With a degree in Community Development and Education from South East Technological University, Marie has a passion for this challenging and diverse work in behavioural change for men and striving for better lives for all.

Project Dev. Officer: Research, Policy & Advocacy

Dr Kenny Doyle

Dr Kenny Doyle is Project Development Officer for Men’s Development Network. His PhD research ‘Assessing Ireland’s Pathways to Work: the impact of behavioural conditionality and sanctions’ examined the lived of experience of unemployed people in Ireland under the various forms of labour market activation schemes.

Kenny has presented his work at national and international conferences and has published a number journal articles and think pieces related to his research. His work with MDN so far has involved carrying out the Men’s Attitudes Now (MAN) survey and of writing policy submissions.

He is currently working on the White Ribbon Campaign and on the forthcoming State of the World’s Fathers international research project.

Communications Officer

Stephen Fullerton

Stephen is the Communications Officer at the Men’s Development Network. He oversees the management of all MDN digital and social media channels. He joined the team in early 2023 and has added his creative flair to graphic design and video content produced by MDN. Stephen is also the first point of contact for media enquiries and can be contacted using the details below. 

Stephen is a big advocate for improving men’s mental health and well-being, he takes part in the annual Movember campaign, arranging “Mo-Ments” online and in his native Donegal. He works with local community organisations and his work has always been based on improvement.

Stephen studied interactive media in college, before completing his degree in Video and Photography. He then went on to achieve a Master’s degree in Documentary Film Making at Ulster University. He has completed a QQI level 6 in Sustainability and Global Development, where he focused his studies on Misinformation and the negative impacts of social media on society. 

 

Counselling Co-ordinator & Advice Line Supervisor

Derek Smith

Derek is Coordinator of the MDN Counselling Programme and is also the Supervisor of the Male Advice Line.

He is a fully accredited counsellor with the IACP and has a degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, plus a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and Modern English Literature.

Derek has also extensive experience in the field of addiction.

Advice Line Counsellor

John Kilgarriff

John is a qualified integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist with nine years’ experience working with people of various backgrounds and presenting issues. 

He works using a person-centred approach that is individually tailored to meet specific clients’ needs. Before joining Men’s Development Network John held counselling roles with Pieta House and the Cari Foundation as well as other previous voluntary and community-based therapy positions.

John has six years’ experience working in telephone and helpline support.

Project Support Worker

Joe English

Joe is a Waterford IT graduate holding degrees in both Business and Horticulture. His background includes sales and marketing in social enterprises as well as being on the board of directors for family resource centres in Waterford and providing administrative and marketing assistance for various programmes within FRCs.

Joe provides administrative support to MDN across a varied range of programmes and projects.

Facilitator Support and Training Development Officer

Ivan Almassri

Ivan Almassri is the Facilitator Support and Training Development Officer. At the MEND Programme level, she is responsible for re-designing and developing current Training Programmes with the MDN Clinical Services and providing clinical oversight and Support to Facilitators and Partner Support Workers’ development programmes.

At the Training Development Level, Ivan is responsible for supporting facilitators in tracking, documenting, and reporting quality levels, identifying core training needs of facilitators and partner support organisations, recruiting individuals to provide appropriate inputs in the DVIP training programmes, contributing to the development of the National DVIP intervention model and adapt the training framework to accommodate any changes and coordinating the delivery of a number of training programmes including: SETU  Level 8 Facilitator training programme, Annual Choices training event, Regional and individual organisation facilitator training.

Ivan coordinates shadowing placements and provides support as required where appropriate, manages the delivery of all training requirements for facilitators, staff and partner support agents, consolidates the existing relationship with third-level institutions, provides training and support to programme teams on systems, policies, procedures, and core processes, manages the Practice Supervision framework currently implemented by MI and MDN, provide Supervision to Practice Supervisors supporting facilitators under-taking groupwork programmes with men who are abusive to their partners and contributes to the development of the National DVIP intervention model and adapt the supervision framework to accommodate any changes.

As Facilitator Support, Ivan engages with Programme Facilitators, Partner Support Workers, Male Advice Line Workers and MDN Counsellors regarding MDN Policies, programme materials, access to CRM, issues to do with the Recording of sessions for Practice Supervision, access to Moment App, implements training regarding best practice on client records, record keeping and filing systems on the Men’s Development Network’s CRM system. Compiling statistics and making quarterly reports to the MDN Director of Services (Client Support) and compiling an annual report in terms of the men and women engaging with MEND. Ivan also supports the initial induction of new staff or contracted workers into the Men’s Development Network, screening client intake and referring, supports the further integration of the 3 Client Services of Mend, Counselling Services and Male Advice Line (MAL).

An International Education and Training expert, Ivan holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership, Management & Policy from Trinity College, Dublin. She has served as Education and Training support, communication, monitoring, and evaluation in one of the United Nations organizations Education Programme. She has fourteen years of experience in training and working with international students and staff in the implementation of capacity-building programmes in the Middle East. She has also worked with humanitarian and development community level.

 

Ivan has experience of gender equality and mainstreaming, sustainable development, human rights-based approaches, communication, coordination, translation, monitoring, and evaluation. 

Client Support Worker West region

Aoife Kyne

Aoife is the Client Support Worker for the western region. She works alongside the Male Advice Line providing case management support to male victims of domestic violence and abuse. 

Aoife is an AIT graduate holding qualifications in both Social and Addiction Studies.

She has worked with individuals, families and communities both here and abroad in a number of different sectors including Domestic Violence, Mental Health, Family Support, Addiction and Community development. 

She has extensive experience working in the areas of case management support, crisis intervention and providing trauma-informed care.

Client Support Worker Dublin region

Ana Riciu

Ana has a Master’s Degree in Family & Couple Psychotherapy and international experience of more than 10 years in the fields of Mental Health, Addiction, Wellbeing, Trauma, and Domestic Violence. Ana works from a Trauma-Informed Approach. 

In her work experience, she has supported vulnerable people with complex needs or in crisis situations.

In working with people, respecting each person’s uniqueness and individuality have always been her guidelines and principles. 

Ana speaks Romanian, Italian and Russian.

Client Support Worker Dublin region

Mick Murran

Mick is a former member of the Irish Defence Forces. For the last 27 years of his career, he worked in multidisciplinary team as an Employee Assistance Professional for serving personnel and their families dealing with various personal and workrelated challenges, including trauma, addiction, financial, also providing, information, referral, and advocacy. He is a trained facilitator in Mental Health First Aid, Safe Talk, Stress Management, Wellness Recovery Action Planning. 

Mick is also an accredited Addiction Counsellor with experience working in frontline community addiction services with a diverse client group. He has extensive experience in case management, and crisis intervention. Mick brings a holistic approach to clients and service users. 

 

Client Support Worker South-East region

Jenny Arrigan

Jenny is the client support worker for the South-East region.

Jenny’s background is working with children and families which she has been doing for over 15 years. Jenny has a diploma in Disability Studies, Level 5 & 6 in Special needs assistance and a higher certificate in child psychology.

Jenny went on to work within the mental health field and counselling for the last 5 years. She has a BSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Diploma in Criminal Psychology and has experience in working with addiction, crisis intervention, group therapy, grief, general counselling and family therapy.

Jenny is also linked with the HSE

Client Support Worker South-West region

Martin Forrest

Martin has over 30 years of experience working with people in Canada, New Zealand. Japan and Taiwan as well as here in Ireland.

With a Master’s Degree in Training and Development, BA In Youth and Community Work (specialising in Community Mental Health), Clinical Hypnotherapy, National Cert in Exercise and Fitness,  Qualified Community Mediator,  CIMPSA Certified Tai Chi for Rehabilitation and Senior Level Tai Chi Instructor with the TCUGB Martin brings a wide range of skillsets to his work.  

 

Since returning to Ireland Martin has focused on working with people in challenging situations. This includes 8 years working as a Facilitator with MOVE ( Men Overcoming Domestic Violence), Support Worker with Victims of Crime, Facilitator with Cork Community Mediators, Wellness/Tai Chi Tutor with Tabor Fellowship, Rehabilitation Assistant with Cork Stroke Services, Wellness/Tai Chi Tutor with ARC House the Cancer Support Service, Youth Worker with CDYS, and Facilitator on the Strengthening Families Programme.

Martin has dedicated much of his professional life to supporting people going through a wide range of adversity by bringing empathy, compassion and real-world knowledge to help shine a light in the dark times people go through.

Client Support Worker North-East region

Helen Russel

Helen holds a B.Sc. Government/Political Science, in 2016 she was awarded the CACASS Scholarship of Excellence for her M.A. in Criminology and achieved a first-class honours degree from University College Cork. She is module creator, co-ordinator and lecturer on Women, Coercive Confinement and Social Control for the  Criminology/Sociology Department at UCC, delivering this module to second and third-year Criminology and Sociology undergraduate students.

A Trauma Education Consultant, Helen worked with WAVE Trauma Centre, Belfast lecturing/tutoring on the Post Graduate Diploma in Trauma Studies UCC, teaching the following topics to a diverse range of professional adult learners including medics, probation officers, counsellors, psychologists and others: Subjects include: Trauma and Addiction: Key Issues, Methods and Structures, Trauma and Post Traumatic Growth, Complex Loss, Grief, Trauma and the Social Context, Public Health Challenges in Post-Conflict Societies and Social Approaches to Trauma: Family, Society and International and Trauma and Frontline Workers. She also provides psychoeducation to a large range of stakeholders in relation to trauma, with her main interest lying within the area of trauma and interpersonal relationships.

She is the sole host of the Podcast Series, ‘Reflections on Irish Criminology’. This project explores the experiences of a selection of professors and others who make up the diverse criminology/law community across the island of Ireland. This podcast series proved so popular it led to the publication of the book ‘Reflections on Irish Criminology: Conversations with Criminologists’ Published in Dec 2020 by Palgrave Macmillan Publishers London of which she is co-author. This book is now ‘recommended reading’ across universities worldwide within the Criminology discipline.

Her current work is in the field of domestic violence, having worked with women and children as a women’s refuge manager and as a client support worker. Her current role is supporting men who are experiencing domestic violence a role.

On Feirm Ground Programme Coordinator

Stephen Mbwika

Stephen is the On Feirm Ground Programme Coordinator.

Stephen holds a Masters in Adult and Community Education from Maynooth University, Ireland. He has over 7 years of experience facilitating and developing training resources within the Adult and community development sector. He has served as a consultant with ActionAid Denmark where he was involved in developing training resources and facilitating online and face-to-face training of experts and a wider audience on the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) processes.  He has also worked as a cultural Orientation trainer, senior Adult Education instructor, voter education and partnerships officer and as a Training coordinator.

Stephen is passionate about people and unleashing the potential that they have to become great. He is particularly interested in lifelong learning and how it equips communities and individuals with skills, knowledge and attitudes to tackle contemporary issues such as growing inequality. He enjoys nature, travelling and exploring cultures.

On Feirm Ground Training and Development Officer

Roisin Chippendale

Róisín holds an MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights from the University of Galway, having previously completed a BA in Italian and History at University College Cork. Her passion is working towards gender equality through education, awareness raising and community engagement.

White Ribbon Programme Coordinator

Fredrick Okungu

Fredrick is the White Ribbon Programme Coordinator and is tasked with the overall responsibility for the day-to-day running and implementation of the White Ribbon Secondary School Programme.

Fredrick has previously worked in different programmatic capacities for KYMCA, UN Women and NDI. Crucially, in UN Women, he spearheaded the development of a knowledge product – the Electoral Gender-Based Violence (EGBV) manual that the Kenyan electoral body (IEBC) used in sensitizing duty bearers and stakeholders in responding to EGBV concerns. He further successfully, in collaboration with NDI, established county-based youth advocacy groups in six counties whose objective was to ensure the inclusion of youth in county development processes. He also previously worked as a Client Support Worker at MDN and doubled up as a consultant for the White Ribbon Programme where he developed one of the learning modules for the E-Learning programme.

Fredrick holds a Master’s degree in Gender, Politics and IR (MA), University College Dublin, Ireland and a Bachelor’s degree in Gender and Development Studies, Kenyatta University. His professional interests are embedded in gender equality and social inclusion, minority and marginalized groups’ rights, governance, capacity building, and advocacy and lobbying.

Email: fredrick@mensnetwork.ie
Phone: 086 415 0318

White Ribbon Accreditation Officer

Daniela Monza

Daniela is the White Ribbon Accreditation Officer.

She has worked on several initiatives, education programmes, and campaigns focusing on mental health awareness and education, including work on supporting men’s mental health. Lived experience, empowerment, and their development into leadership skills have been core components of her professional journey. Her work is based on needs assessment and has a strength-based, person-centred, and capacity-building aspect.

Her interest is in facilitating the inclusion of marginalised and/or underserved minorities through innovative approaches based on coproduction and engagement of a variety of stakeholders, such as individuals, families, businesses, public sector and not-for-profit organisations. She has led and contributed to the design, delivery and evaluation of training programmes, resources and eLearning materials.

More recently, she has worked on workplace mental health, developing resources to enable organisational leaders and managers in their implementation of mental health supporting policies. 

 

Project Administrator

Mellissa Cullinane

Melissa works front of house as project administrator she is outgoing and friendly individual. she enjoys working with the public an in her career to date has worked customer focused roles. she enjoys the satisfaction that comes with helping people. in her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors and going on trips with her family.

Maintenence

Lawrence Foskin

Email:
Phone: 051 844260

Board of Directors

Chairperson: Noel Synnott | Vice-Chair: Rose Hearne | Secretary: John Brophy | Treasurer: Owen Hillery 

Gary White, Mia De Faoite, Frank Hutchinson, Natalie Cooke, Dr Caroline Munyi