Jigsaw announces Joseph Duffy as new CEO…

December 14th 2016

Jigsaw announces Joseph Duffy as new CEO…

On behalf of the Jigsaw Board, I am delighted to announce that Dr Joseph Duffy has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Jigsaw.

Joseph has more than twenty years’ experience in managing and delivering mental health services. He joined Jigsaw in 2011 as Director of Clinical Support, moved on to become Chief Operating Officer in 2012, and served as Interim CEO from October of this year. Joseph holds an MBA in Health Services Management from UCD, a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Trinity College Dublin (TCD), and is a Fellow of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).  He previously held senior positions with the Irish Prison Service, the Psychological Society of Ireland and Granada Institute.

As Chief Operating Officer, Joseph oversaw the growth and development of Jigsaw’s staff team, and his leadership in developing high governance standards led to Jigsaw winning a Good Governance Award in 2016. The Board believes that he brings a combination of skills, passion and commitment to the organisation that will enable him to lead it into an exciting new phase and help fulfil our ambition to bring about significant changes in the way Ireland thinks about, responds to and supports young people’s mental health.

Joseph takes over from Jigsaw’s founder and former CEO, Dr Tony Bates, who has moved to a new role within Jigsaw to develop and shape our innovative work with schools. Over the past ten years, under Tony’s visionary leadership, Jigsaw has grown from an idea to become a highly respected and admired organisation. Tony was inspired to create Jigsaw when he worked with young people, and Jigsaw’s Youth Advisory Panels remain at the heart of the organisation.   

As we continue to grow Jigsaw, we believe that under Joseph’s leadership we are strongly placed to achieve our vision of an Ireland where young people are connected to their community and have the resilience to face challenges to their mental health.  We look forward to your continued support on this journey.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Patricia O’Hara 

Find out more about Jigsaw and how we support young people with their mental health.