The National Office Team
Chief Executive Officer
At Jigsaw, Joseph leads the Senior Management Team on bringing together the three main areas of our work – Research, Engagement and Service provision. He also acts as Company Secretary and 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 recently held the post of COO.
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
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.
If you were to share one piece of advice with your teenage self, what would it be? It’s OK – everything will work out in the end.
Director of Finance
Prior to Joining Jigsaw in 2007, Blanaid worked in Pobal for ten years. She worked in a number of areas, including the audit team, the Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme, and as Financial Controller. Blanaid was involved with establishing new programmes, financial management of an annual budget of €250m with funding for 17 different programmes funded from the EU and more than five different government departments. As a member of the senior management team she was part of the development and implementation of strategic plans and worked to bring finance and programme delivery together. Blanaid initially trained as a chartered accountant with KPMG and has also held roles in the private sector in both small and large organisations.
Blanaid is a qualified chartered accountant and is particularly interested in the areas of early intervention, community ownership and implementation. She studied Montessori Education and holds a Cert in Project and Community Development from UCD.
Blanaid is a board member of ICTR, an organisation working on behalf of Irish Charities to improve regulatory and taxation frameworks for charities to thrive. She is also a member of the Chartered Accountants Not for Profit subgroup, and has volunteered as a committee member with smaller charities.
Blanaid’s favourite book: 1984 by George Orwell
If you were to share one piece of advice with your teenage self, what would it be? I think my teenage self would have more advice to give me than the other way around. My advice to my teenage self would be get to know people well, everyone has something interesting about them.
Head of Development
Regina is the head of the development team and her role includes the development of new Jigsaw Services and continues to ensure that Jigsaw become part of every community across Ireland.
Regina holds a HDip in Public Health Nursing, HDip in Education, BSc in Management Law and an MA from Trinity College.
Regina's favourite film: Mamma Mia
If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be? Be yourself, enjoy life, we are all on a journey together.
Founder and Director of Innovation
Dr Tony Bates is the Founder of Jigsaw – Ireland’s National Centre for Youth Mental Health. In 2016 he became Director of Innovation.
Prior to establishing Jigsaw, Tony worked as Principal Clinical Psychologist at St. James’s Hospital in Dublin.
He worked and trained in the United States and Oxford University alongside some of the World’s leading thinkers in mental health. On his return to Ireland in 1996 he established the Trinity College Dublin’s Masters in Cognitive Psychotherapy.
His major influences include: Tim Beck, Mark Williams, Thich Nhat Hanh, Irving Yalom, young people on Jigsaw’s Youth Advisory Panel, his two grandchildren, poetry and a good movie.
Tony is a regular contributor to print and broadcast debate about mental health. He was an editor of ‘A Vision For Change’, the ten year Government policy on mental health service reform and has been closely involved in writing several recent policies on suicide prevent, and the health of children and young people. He is the author of a number of bestselling books including “Coming through Depression: a mindful approach to recovery”.
He believes that “people who find the inner power to come through the really hard times often become more fully alive than those who have never experienced the depths of suffering”
Since founding Jigsaw in 2006, he and his colleagues have been committed in changing how Ireland thinks about youth mental health. With the collaboration of communities, young people and service providers, the Jigsaw Service is now achieving a consistent reduction in psychological distress across counties in Ireland.
“I think as we reach our 10th anniversary and reflect on what worked well, it’s obvious that our smartest move was to consult young people about what they wanted and needed. Young people keep everyone who works in Jigsaw honest and on track”.
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.
Matthew joined Jigsaw in 2015. He has over twelve years of experience working in both digital and print media.
Prior to joining Jigsaw, he spent five years as part of the digital team at Macmillan Cancer Support in the UK working on various projects and events, including The World's Biggest Coffee Morning and developing a new website. Before that he was at The Scout Association UK for seven years where he worked on their national magazine, events such as the Centenary of Scouting and World Scout Jamboree, and activity materials for young people.
He is also part of a music production team writing songs for Universal Publishing Production Music, Audio Networks and EMI Production Music.
Matthew's favourite book: 1984 by George Orwell
Matthew's favourite musician: David Bowie
Digital Communications Officer
Previous to taking up her role at Jigsaw, Ciara worked in the PR and Communications department at Dogs Trust for 6 years. She was responsible for building an active, engaged online community for Dogs Trust, using social media and digital channels as well as being involved with traditional PR, media relations, campaigns and event management. Ciara has a Diploma in Digital Marketing and a Certificate in Internal Communication.
Ciara's favourite film: The Holiday! It’s the only film I can think of that I can watch repeatedly and still enjoy!
Human Resource Officer
Aislinn has worked on and off with Jigsaw since 2007 in an administrative and HR capacity. In between she worked directly with children and young people in the Caribbean. She also gained experience of recruitment in the private sector before returning to her not for profit roots. Aislinn holds a honours degree in Psychology from NUI Maynooth and a Master by Research from Trinity College Dublin. She is currently working towards a Masters in Work and Organisational Psychology from DCU which directly impacts her work in Jigsaw in terms of implementing HR improvements in relation to staff and organisational needs.
Aislinn’s favourite music: Currently Taylor Swift – don’t judge me!
If you were to share one piece of advice with your teenage self, what would it be? Don’t worry about what other people think of you and have no regrets, you learn something from every experience that shapes who you become.
Office Administrator/ Receptionist
Before joining Jigsaw in 2016 Kate worked with the Irish Centre for Talented Youth for several years as a Teaching Assistant, Administrator & Programme Coordinator and worked a lot with people with special needs, particularly children with autism, including spending a year in Poland with the European Voluntary Services as an equine therapy assistant. Kate also has a strong interest in the crossover between the arts & mental health & have worked with several different groups in this area. She is Co-Founder/Director of Flying South, which is Dublin’s first mental health-themed open mic night.She has a BA in Psychology, English & Creative Writing.
Kate's favourite book: Too many to choose! I’m currently reading ‘Tiny, Beautiful Things’ by Cheryl Strayed which is great, I think anyone interested in psychology/empathy/humans should read it.
If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be? You are enough.
IT and Facilities Manager
Edelle previously worked as an IT and Facilities Manager for Sony and as a Retail Asset Support Manager in Sky Broadcasting. Edelle has a diploma in Information Technology and recently completed a certificate in International Project Management.
Edelle’s favourite book: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
If you were to share one piece of advice with your teenage self, what would it be? Good friends will be with you for life learn to lean on them in tough times, they will always be there for you.
IT and Facilities Officer
James grew up in Baldoyle, moving to Ashbourne when he was 14 where he has lived ever since. James has eight years experience working in IT and Facilities, with both the charity Concern Worldwide and Quintiles Ltd.
James' favourite films: The Dark Knight, Inception and Gladiator.
If you were to share one piece of advice with your teenage self, what would it be? Don’t worry too much about the future, everything happens for a reason
Personal Assistant to Dr. Tony Bates
Clare holds a BA in History and English from NUIG, which she attended as a mature student. Prior to that, and after it, she worked in a variety of different sectors including politics, the tourism sector and the hospitality industry, both in Ireland and abroad. Clare joined Jigsaw in July 2012.
Accounts Payable Office
Before joining Jigsaw, Caoimhe worked as an Accounting Technician with KPMG with responsiblity for reviewing financial statements to ensure they are compliant with relevant accounting standards and legislation. Caoimhe also worked as an Accounts Assistant with the Haven Community Foundation, an Irish NGO working to build sustainable communities in Haiti. Caoimhe also assisted in organising two Volunteer trips to Haiti and chaperoned volunteers on these trips. She is currently studying with the ACCA to become a Chartered Accountant. Caoimhe also volunteers with the Dublin Simon Community.
Caoimhe’s favourite book: The Book Thief
If you were to share one piece of advice with your teenage self, what would it be? Stop worrying! I would tell my adult self that too though…
Aileen has responsibility for supporting the implementation of Jigsaw’s Research Programme. This involves coordinating and managing the research function in Jigsaw.
Aileen previously held the Research and Evaluation Officer and Education and Training Officer roles in Jigsaw. Prior to joining Jigsaw, Aileen worked as a postdoctoral researcher on a Health Research Board (HRB) funded project in Dublin City University, evaluating a group intervention for people with repeat suicide attempts.Aileen has an honours degree and a PhD in Psychology, both from University College Dublin.
Aileen’s favourite musician: Everyone knows…it’s Nathan Carter
If you were to share one piece of advice with your teenage self, what would it be? Don’t give up!
Clinical Governance Manager
Paul took up the position of Clinical Coordinator for Jigsaw Clondalkin in April 2015, having spent the previous 8 years working as a Senior Social Worker and Systemic Psychotherapist in CAMHS in Dublin. He is involved in teaching at postgraduate level on Social Work and Psychotherapy training programmes in Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. Paul moved into the role of Clinical Governance Manager in Headstrong in November 2015. Paul holds a Masters in Social Work from TCD and an M.Sc. in Systemic Psychotherapy from UCD.
Paul’s favourite musician: So hard to choose, but Bob Dylan and Tom Waits will always be on my playlist.
If you were to share one piece of advice with your teenage self, what would it be? Hang in there. Surprisingly it all works out ok, (mostly).
Clinical Governance Manager
Angie was born and grew up in Scotland. Her dad is from Donegal and she still has strong ties with the area. She worked for 10 years in the US in community mental health with adults and also in a Child Abuse Protection Centre with families. She also has a BA in Psychology from Trinity College; Masters in Counselling (Marriage Family and Child), San Francisco State University. She held a Marriage, Family and Child Therapy License in California from 2002 to 2011.
When she returned to Ireland from the US, she held the position of Head of Therapy for the Eastern Region for CARI, working with families affected by Child Sexual Abuse. She worked in Student Counselling Services in Trinity College for 10 years, providing individual and group therapy to students. Part of her duties included serving on the Irish Association of University and College Counsellors Executive as Training and Events Co-ordinator. She was also a part time Family Therapist in the Clanwilliam Institute.
Angie is a Registered Counselling Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland, and a member of the Family Therapy Association of Ireland.
Angie's favouritie musician: When I was younger it was The Smiths hands down. I don’t like Morrissey’s solo material though. I missed Johnny Marr’s guitar. I would probably say now that it’s Billy Bragg. He is a musician, political activist, story teller and comedian all rolled into one. I have seen him live more than anyone else. He can still inspire me and make me laugh. In terms of films, ‘The Sound of Music’ will always have a place in my heart!
If you were to share one piece of advice with your teenage self, what would it be? I often play this game with myself where I imagine that I am talking to my 16-year-old self and telling her how my life is now. I think she would be quite please, and also a bit shocked. She was a bit more conservative than I am. I tell her that things will happen in her life that she can’t even imagine, to stay open to new things, to stay true to the person that she is, and that she will meet people who will validate her. I would assure her that she will meet people who will love her for who she is and she will learn to be happy with who she is. I would also let her know that she has more strength than she thinks and has an ability to get through really tough times. She will be able to make choices about her life and will make some really good ones. And that she won’t regret moving to Dublin in a year’s time!
Jigsaw Schools Coordinator
Prior to joining Jigsaw, Carmel was the Substance Use Education Coordinator for the Midlands Region with Foróige, The National Youth Development Organisation and the Midland Regional Drug & Alcohol Taskforce where she was responsible for Substance Use Education & Prevention across community, voluntary and statutory agencies. During this time, Carmel developed and implemented a range of education and prevention programmes for the post-primary school setting.
Carmel holds an honours degree in Public Health & Health Promotion and an Masters in Child, Family & Community Studies. Carmel joined Jigsaw in December 2014 as Project Coordinator for the new schools based mental health and substance misuse pilot project to promote help seeking among school students.
Carmel’s favourite book: I am Pilgrim
If you were to share one piece of advice with your teenage self, what would it be? Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud.
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!
Education and Training Coordinator
Rebecca most recently worked in UCC as Peer Assisted Student Support Co-ordinator before joining Jigsaw in 2016. Her background includes working as a Welfare Officer in Union of Students in Ireland and as a Training and Development Officer with BeLonG To Youth Services: .
Rebecca's favourite film: The Hours
If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be? The perfect is the enemy of the good.
Education and Training Officer
Emma is from Wexford, and has been involved with Jigsaw since 2006. She started out on the very first Youth Advisory Panel, was the first Youth Ambassador, worked as Community Education Officer and sat on the Board of Directors before stepping down to join the Education and Training team fulltime in August 2016. She has also worked for a number of years as a Research Associate in Trinity College Dublin.
Emma has a B.A. in Health Promotion, M.A. in Education, both from Waterford Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Education from Trinity College Dublin. Her Ph.D. adopted a hermeneutic phenomenological approach to understanding the lived experiences of young people with mental health problems.
Emma's favourite book: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
Jigsaw Regional Manager
Jeff Moore is the Jigsaw Regional Manager for Jigsaw Dublin 15, Jigsaw Meath, Jigsaw North Fingal and Jigsaw Donegal. Prior to joining Jigsaw, Jeff was the Director of Welfare at the London Irish Centre where he was responsible for the operation of the largest dedicated welfare service for Irish people outside of Ireland. During this time Jeff was involved in rolling out the NHS Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and sat on the Camden Suicide Prevention steering group and Central London NHS Equalities Impact Audit Group.
He holds an MA in Professional Community Development from Goldsmiths, University of London, and is currently working towards a PhD with Saint Patrick’s College, Dublin City University, focusing on childhood maltreatment and resilience.
Jigsaw Regional Manager
Originally from Dun Laoghaire, Des arrived in Jigsaw in 2012 circuitously with management experience in the Arts, Youth & Community sector and the Corporate sector. Prior to his current role, he started up the Jigsaw Dublin 15 site as Project Manager. He has professional Youth & Community work qualification from NUI Maynooth and worked as Programme Manager with Kildare Youth Services for 7 years, which included the management of the Kildare Comhairle na nOg. He worked in I.T. Management with AOL, Compaq and HP and conducted Community Arts programmes in Dublin’s inner city. He lived and worked in New York for 8 Years before returning home in 1994.
Des’s favourite film: Last of the Mohicans
If you were to share one piece of advice with your teenage self, what would it be? There is no right or wrong decision, only what you believe is best at the time.
Youth Engagement Coordinator
John worked as Youth and Community Engagement Worker in Jigsaw Clondalkin. Prior to that worked as Youth Work Coordinator in Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre.He holds an Honours Degree in Youth and Community Work from National University of Ireland, Maynooth,
John's favourite band: The National
If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be? Firstly, if you ever feel the urge to buy a pair of white Levi’s jeans, resist at all costs, it doesn’t end well. Secondly, pretty much all those everyday things that you worry about have very little relevance in the greater scale of things. Thirdly, allow yourself to enjoy your mistakes a bit more, and learn from them. And most importantly hug the people you love more, hugs are underrated, and can mean so much