Brian MacKenna

Chairperson

Originally from Drogheda, Brian has lived in England for the past ten years. He originally moved to Birmingham, where he founded the Aston Gaels GAA club, before moving to London. Brian now works as a prescribing adviser for Islington Clinical Commissioning Group having previously worked as pharmacist in a variety of hospitals. Brian is also studying for a Masters in Public Health at King’s College and has a specialist interest in pharmacomedy.

Caroline Glacken

Caroline’s family moved to London from Meath when she was 5 and she grew up within the Irish community in London. Caroline studied law and has worked as a paralegal gaining experience in mental capacity cases in the Court of Protection and judicial review cases in the High Court. Caroline is now solicitor advising on Employment and Business Immigration issues in London’s business community.

Angela O'Shea

Having had a career in charities since her early twenties, Marie is looking forward to sharing her skills and experience with Mind Yourself and seeing it progress and grow to support the mental health and wellbeing of the London Irish community. Currently at The Charity for Civil Servants, as the Head of Volunteering, Marie is responsible for the strategic direction of volunteering for the charity and manages a team who ensure each volunteer receives the very best support, information and resources as possible whilst on their volunteer journey with the charity, as it moves forward into a new five year strategy. Prior to this role, Marie managed the volunteering and fundraising for SW London and Surrey for Cancer Research UK, the Toni & Guy Charitable Foundation and the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development. Having strong Irish roots, from her mother who came to London in the 1960’s from Dublin and her father’s family from Limerick, Marie is extremely proud to be Irish and the role of Trustee is one she is very excited to be embarking on.

Allen Duffy

Allen is a Chartered Accountant who moved to London five years ago to work on delivering the London Olympics, since 2012 he has worked in the TV production & music industries. Before moving to London he worked for the GAA for 8 years delivering all manner of events while also sitting on the Croke Park Community Fund Committee. Originally from Monaghan, he lives in eternal hope that one day Sam Maguire will make it to the Farney County.

Midge Seymour-Roots

 Originally from North Tipperary, Midge Seymour-Roots moved to London in 1988. Initially, she worked in the NHS as an Intensive Care Nurse & continued to do this whilst undertaking a BA in Combined Studies at London Metropolitan University in 1993. In 1999 she completed an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling at Birkbeck college, University of London. As a counsellor, psychotherapist & supervisor, she has worked within the NHS, the university setting & in private practice both as a practitioner & as a manager. In addition, she was a tutor for over 8 years on the counselling courses at the University of Cambridge & at Birkbeck College University of London. She is passionate about the Irish community having a voice.As an emigrant herself, she has a keen interest in the experience of emigration across the generations & particularly amongst the current wave of emigrants. Her other areas of interest include an exploration of the emotional aspects of learning & on how roles are taken up by individuals within the organisation. She is currently Chair of the Irish Forum for Counselling & Psychotherapy. She is also a mother & wife & loves art, literature & fashion far too much!.

Mairead Reynolds

Treasurer

Mairead is a Dublin native, who moved to London in 2011. She has participated in a number of community projects including Old Vic New Voices, East End Community Foundation, and as a business mentor for schemes with the University of East London and Birkbeck University. An audit manager, she has previous project experience within the Irish charitable sector, and is currently in financial services. She is also in pursuit of an acting qualification and has a keen interest in the arts.
Email treasurer@mind-yourself.org.uk.

Angela O'Shea

 Angela grew up in County Kerry and moved to Peterborough to train as a Student Nurse, qualifying as a Registered General Nurse 3 years later. She then attended 3rd level education in Leicester and obtained a BA Honours English Degree followed by a Masters Degree in Human Rights Law and Civil Liberties. Angela has worked in a variety of health and social care settings including District Nursing, setting up an A&E Alcohol Liaison Follow on Clinic. She now works as a Senior Quality and Patient Safety Manager for Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group leading on ensuring NHS compliance with the Equality Delivery System and Workforce Race Equality Standard. She is also the Harm Free Care lead with specific focus on pressure ulcer and falls prevention.

Easy Steps To Join Us

If you are interested in becoming a trustee with us contact our Chair at chair@mind-yourself.org.uk!

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