The National Office Team
Chief Executive Officer
At Jigsaw, Joseph leads the Senior Management Team to bring together the three main areas of our work – influencing change, strengthening communities and delivering services. He also works closely with our Board to evolve and implement the strategic plan for Jigsaw.
Originally from Sligo, Joseph’s interest in working with young people began with his local youth club. There he saw first-hand how dealing with small issues locally, before they became bigger issues, really seemed to work for young people. He holds an MBA in Health Services Management from the Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin (UCD), a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Trinity College Dublin (TCD), and is a Fellow of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).
Joseph has more than twenty years of experience in managing and delivering mental health services. Joseph has previously held senior positions with the Irish Prison Service, the Psychological Society of Ireland and the Granada Institute. He held the post of Director of Clinical Support with Jigsaw from August 2011 to June 2012 and until November 2016 he held the post of Chief Operating Officer.
Joseph’s favourite book: That They May Face The Rising Sun by John McGahern.
If you were to share one piece of advice with your teenage self, what would it be? Have fun, you will be old long enough!
Director of Clinical Governance
Prior to taking up the post of Director of Clinical Governance Gillian spent two years as our Director of Education and Training. Gillian trained as a clinical psychologist; graduating from Trinity College Dublin and subsequently Queen’s University Belfast. Before joining Jigsaw, Gillian was the Clinical Coordinator of our Jigsaw project in Ballymun. Gillian has also worked in a variety of child and adolescent mental health settings in Dublin, Northern Ireland and Central America.
Head of Communications and Fundraising
Ballinasloe-born Mike joined Jigsaw in October 2016 from overseas children’s NGO Plan International Ireland.
With an extensive background in marketing, communications and fundraising, Mike’s role involves the strategic positioning of Jigsaw as a central character in the Irish story of young people’s mental health, a character with deep experience, a reasoned voice, a nationwide presence and an intelligent, yet passionate, approach. A character that supports the mental health and welfare of young people and that can articulate this support to all stakeholders in a way that inspires support, loyalty and action.
Mike sees a need to rewrite and reframe the language used in terms of fundraising and to re-examine its function and place in Irish society.
At Jigsaw, Mike seeks to better understand our audience’s values, motivations and behaviours and to better recognise and articulate our own. And herein lies a massive opportunity.
“Jigsaw is an organisation open to change and with a desire to invest in and support Fundraising and Communications; an organisation rolling out fantastic work in so many areas, with a huge volume of valuable touchpoints in so many communities and a young, energetic and committed staff. I see potential. Potential to find our niche, to grow income levels and ultimately to change the national conversation about mental health from one of stigma and mental illness to one of openness with a focus on minding our mental health.”
Mike’s favourite book: The Inner Game of Tennis by Tim Gallwey.
One piece of advice to your teenage self: It’s OK – everything will work out in the end.
Jigsaw Programme Director
Sarah worked in a number of management roles in Pobal, a not for profit organisation that manages funding programmes on behalf of government departments in the areas of early years, social inclusion, equality and reconciliation. Sarah has a Degree in Psychology & Sociology from Trinity College Dublin and MSc Sociology & Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics & Political Science. After her studies she worked for a time with a small charity in London before returning to Ireland to work on a project in the Irish Prisons Service aimed at developing pathways for prisoners to find employment on release from prison.
Sarah’s favourite book: The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle and all things Harry Potter
If you were to share one piece of advice with your teenage self, what would it be? There are lots of ways to be successful. See everything as a stepping stone.
Education and Training Manager
Siobhán joined the Jigsaw Team as Education and Training Manager in January 2016. However, she has worked with Jigsaw as a Consultant Trainer since 2011. She established her own Independent Consultancy and Training Company ‘Health Promotion, Training and Support Services’ in 2003 and over the past 13 years, she has worked with a broad range of statutory, voluntary and community organisations supporting them to implement health, organisational development and training initiatives. Siobhán has also completed a number of youth mental health-specific research projects including ‘A Voice Being Heard’ A research report on Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing in North Dublin. Prior to that, she worked with the National Youth Council of Ireland as the National Youth Health Programme Coordinator for 10 years, where there was a significant focus on youth mental health. Siobhán has a specific expertise in the design, development and delivery of education and training programmes based on adult learning principles and experiential learning.
Siobhán’s favourite book: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson & the sequels, the Girl who Played with Fire & The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
If you were to share one piece of advice with your teenage self, what would it be? Don’t take life too seriously!