The National Office Team

Joseph Duffy

Joseph Duffy

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!

Gillian O’Brien

Gillian O’Brien

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.

Blanaid Cleary

Blanaid Cleary

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.

Regina Buckley

Regina Buckley

Head of Quality, IT and Facilities

Regina is the Head of Jigsaw's Quality, IT and Facilities 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.

Sarah Cullinan

Sarah Cullinan

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. 

Justin McDermott

Justin McDermott

Fundraising Manager

Justin has a wealth of fundraising experience having previously worked with the Irish Cancer Society and COPE Galway, before joining Jigsaw in 2013. 

He has a Diploma in Public Relations (PRII), Diploma in Community Development (NUI Galway), a Certificate in Fundraising (Institute of Fundraising, UK) and a Diploma in Fundraising Management (Fundraising Ireland).

Justin also lectures for Charities Institute Ireland's Certificate in Community Fundraising course.

What is your favourite book?

Down all the Days by Christy Brown.  Incredible story, incredibly written and I bought a gorgeous copy of it in a small book shop in Dunedin in New Zealand on my travels, the cover of which was one of Christy's artworks. 

If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be?

Firstly, shave off that awful moustache and secondly don’t have any ‘What Ifs’!

Kate Longmate

Kate Longmate

Individual Giving Coordinator

I’ve worked in the charity, voluntary and arts sectors for 22 years now. As well as a number of fundraising roles, my CV includes auctioning diamonds in Mayfair, moving stage equipment through the mud at Glastonbury and a spell on the BRIT Awards voting academy.

I love working in fundraising because ultimately it is about individuals and charities working together to make a difference where it is most needed, and because, like theatre or art, it is all about people and their stories.

Where are you originally from?

I was born in Otley, West Yorkshire. I’ve lived all over the place from Bath to Edinburgh, London to Dublin and am now happily resident up a hill in rural North Cork.

What is your favourite book?

Possession by A.S. Byatt tied with James and the Giant Peach (Roald Dahl) or anything by Will Self.

If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be?

Never define yourself by other people’s standards. 

Joanne Ryan

Joanne Ryan

Campaigns Officer

Before joining Jigsaw, Joanne had been working in Development at Belvedere College SJ (where the students introduced her to the great work of Jigsaw!) and previous to that she held fundraising and communications roles in YMCA Ireland and Focus Ireland.

Joanne has a BA in Media & Communication Studies, she originally wanted to be a sound engineer but fell in love with fundraising and events through her work with the Student Union and various volunteering experiences during her college years.

Where are you originally from?

Dublin born & bred, I have travelled a lot but I will always come home!

What is your favourite book?

I read a good bit but one that has helped me a lot in recent years has been Option B by Sheryl Sandberg.

If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be?

I’d remind myself that people pass through your life, and to always be open to new friendships at every age

Matthew Oakes

Matthew Oakes

Communications Coordinator

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

Celine McNamara

Celine McNamara

HR Manager

I have experience in a number of different industries originally in fast paced and changing environments like retail and then the food & beverage sector in Dublin Airport. Most recently I worked in RTÉ for nearly 3 years, with the last year as Head of HR for RTÉ Radio and for RTÉ Group Sports. When the opportunity to work for Jigsaw came up there were a number of overwhelming reasons to consider the role. Firstly, who doesn’t want to work in an organisation that is supporting the mental health of anyone, regardless of adult, children or young people and secondly it was a real opportunity to work for a growing organisation and play a role in its development, especially the development if a HR function.

Where are you originally from?

Born and bred in Dublin!

What is your favourite band/musician?

I am more into sport than music or films, although I am a Bell X1 fan, Irish music in general! Any sport at all.. I have spent most summers that I can remember, in Croke Park on the Hill supporting the Dublin footballers but will attend or watch anything that’s on at the time.

If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be?

Be yourself… not who other people want to you to be! And stay that way!

Natalie Laide

Natalie Laide

HR Business Partner

James Reddin

James Reddin

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

Fergus Lyons

Fergus Lyons

Quality Assurance Manager

Fergus is the Quality Assurance Manager in Jigsaw. His role is to develop quality across Jigsaw to help ensure that we are providing a quality service to the young people we engage with.

Prior to joining Jigsaw, Fergus worked in the Management Consultancy and Financial Service sectors. Fergus has a keen interest in innovation and continuous improvement and has worked for organisations including FTI Consulting, KPMG and VHI Healthcare. Fergus has a wealth of experience delivering Quality management solutions in organisations and brings this experience to Jigsaw.

Fergus studied in the University of Limerick (UL) and holds a Degree in Business Studies, specialising in Economics, Finance & Data Analytics and a Masters in Entrepreneurship Management. He is an accredited Lean Sigma Practitioner, an accredited ISO QMS Auditor and holds a Diploma in Data Analytics.

What is your favourite book?

“The Battle” - Paul O’Connell.

If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be?

Enjoy yourself, talk with open-minded people, listen with an open ear, learn to swim properly, play more sport and listen to the lyrics of “Everyone’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen)” by Baz Luhrmann!

Albha Foley

Albha Foley

Receptionist/Office Administrator

In 2017, Albha was Jigsaw National Office’s YAP Intern, during which time his current role became available. Up until then he had been working as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor in Leisure Centres for a few years, a key part of which was managing the gym facility and reception. Albha really enjoys the fast pace and busy nature of being on reception!

Albha graduated from Applied Social Studies back in 2015, which really cemented the idea that he wanted to work in the charity/not-for-profit sector, ideally with a focus on human rights/equality. He plans to go on and do further specialised studies…he just has to decide on something first!

What is your favourite book?

Probably ‘The Book Thief’ is my favourite standalone book – set during World War 2, but narrated by Death. (“I am haunted by humans.”) And then Stieg Larsson’s ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ would be my favourite book series.

If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be?

Don’t focus on what everyone else thinks you should do, just keep following your gut and trust yourself. You got this. Oh, and always be kind, and if you are ever not, then always ALWAYS make amends.

Clare Minihane

Clare Minihane

Personal Assistant to Dr Joseph Duffy

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.

Aileen O’Reilly

Aileen O’Reilly

Research Coordinator

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!

Jennifer Rogers

Jennifer Rogers

Research Coordinator

As Research Coordinator, Jennifer looks after how we evaluate and monitor the impact and value of our work in Jigsaw through our Jigsaw Data System, which captures information about all of the people who engage with Jigsaw. She also manges the delivery of pilot projects testing new outcome measures and maintains Jigsaw's active research profile through publishing our work in peer reviewed journals and presenting at national and international conferences.

Alanna Donnelly

Alanna Donnelly

Research and Evaluation Officer

Alanna’s background so far has very much been rooted in youth mental health. She holds a BA(Hons) Psychology and MLitt in the areas of adolescent mental health service evaluation and assessment measures, both from UCD School of Psychology. Having previously worked as a Research Assistant with the Jigsaw Research Team and on the Mental Health Awareness Initiative, Alanna has now returned to Jigsaw in the role of Research & Evaluation Officer. She was also a member of the Youth Mental Health lab at UCD and the PSI Special Interest Group in Child & Adolescent Psychology, has tutored BA

Psychology students at UCD and held an Assistant Psychologist post in St. Vincent’s University Hospital. Alanna’s research interests include the development and improvement of mental health services for young people and the involvement of young people themselves in all aspects of research and evaluation.

Alanna’s favourite band: Music is one of my passions! No particular type but I’m known to have a particular love for Jamie T, The Boss himself (Springsteen), grungy gigs & 90s bands

If you were to share one piece of advice with your teenage self, what would it be? Live without regrets! You can’t change the past but you can live every moment of the present & be excited for what’s to come in the future. Also try not to worry so much because ”you can’t stop the waves but you can learn how to surf”!

Paul Longmore

Paul Longmore

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).

Jason Smith

Jason Smith

Clinical Governance Manager

Angie McLaughlin

Angie McLaughlin

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!

Des O’Sullivan

Des O’Sullivan

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.

Alex O’Keeffe

Alex O’Keeffe

Regional Manager

Jeff Moore

Jeff Moore

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.

Amy Gibney

Amy Gibney

Jigsaw Administrator

When I first graduated from college, I started working in a operation/administration assistant role at a fundraising agency. It was a very busy role so I learned fast!

I have since gained a lot of experience in quality assessment and risk roles which have helped build many skills/qualities that I can transfer to my role here at Jigsaw. I have always been interested and supported mental health through volunteer work in a youth club, suicide prevention and more recently, working as a support facilitator with Bodywhys, Ireland's Eating Disorder Association. All this training has greatly contributed to my role here at Jigsaw.

I have a Bsc in Event Management and a Post grad in Physical Activity and Health Promotion. I've also undertaken a number of mental health related training courses as part of my continuous professional development. 

 

I am originally from Bray.

What is your favourite film or band/musician?

Radiohead is one of my all-time favourites, I love Lykki Li, Banks, FKA Twigs and Mo. Also good old Van Morrison and John Martyn too. The list is endless!

If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be?

Try to do the things in life that make you happy and surround yourself by people who make you happy.

John Williams

John Williams

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

Siobhan McGrory

Siobhan McGrory

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!

Carmel Daly

Carmel Daly

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.

Taragh McKiernan

Taragh McKiernan

Education and Training Coordinator

Taragh has over 10 years experience working with adolescents. She has worked in Jigsaw since 2012, spending four years as a clinician before joining the Education and Training team in National Office in 2016.

Taragh has worked as an Occupational Therapist in a range of mental health settings – child, adolescent and adult before joining Jigsaw. 

Prior to her clinical training, worked in a health promotion context in the youth sector for 4 years. 

Taragh has a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion and a BA in Psychology.

What is your favourite book?

The Harry Potter collection are the only books I have re-read (and queued to buy!). My favourite books at the moment are by Oliver Jeffers, partly because I read them to a curious, amazed little lady.

Emma Farrell

Emma Farrell

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

Declan Murphy

Declan Murphy

Finance Manager