Some of our Speakers….
Dr Colman Noctor
Dr Colman Noctor is a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist and an Assistant Professor in University College Dublin. Colman is the resident Child Psychotherapist on the Ray D’Arcy Show on RTE Radio One, a columnist with the Irish Examiner, the best-selling author of ‘Cop On’, a parenting book for the technological age and host of the very successful podcast series, ‘Asking for a Parent’.
Professor Jim Lucey
Professor Jim Lucey is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and a Consultant Psychiatrist at St. Patrick’s University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. From 2008 to 2019 Prof Lucey served as Medical Director of St. Patrick`s Mental Health Service (SPMHS), Ireland`s oldest and largest independent not-for-profit Mental-Health provider.
Brent Pope is a New Zealand born rugby analyst and journalist, charity worker, author, speaker, gallery Founder, owner of POPE shirts and shoes and a mental health advocate. He was born, raised and spent his rugby playing career in New Zealand, but has lived and worked in Ireland for most of his broadcasting career.
Stuart Wilson is a Behavioural Psychotherapist specialising in youth and adolescents and family therapy. He is trained in mediation and conflict resolution and is a registered training facilitator with Solas, FAS and towards healing.
He is the founder of Zestlife Therapeutic Services, serving families within Dublin and nationwide. He is also founder of ZestLife Training, a consultancy and training company providing training workshops, courses and supervision to agencies around Ireland.
Fiona is an author, speaker, facilitator and trainer in the area of well-being and positive psychology. Having spent many years as a primary school teacher, she is absolutely passionate about placing wellbeing at the heart of school life, and she has seen first-hand the great benefits of empowering children, teachers and parents to understand, value and enhance their own mental health.
Conor is an Ultra Marathon runner and Mental Health Advocate. He has struggled with his mental health throughout his teens and twenties, forever feeling like he was on a roller coaster of ups and downs. From climbing Kilimanjaro as a teen, to flying to Thailand to chase a dream of becoming a Muay Thai champion he constantly sought contentment with himself and his mind.
Niamh Hannan is a Chartered Psychologist (PSI) and a Professional Coach (ICF). With over 20 years experience working 1 to 1, Niamh works with Senior Leaders to support personal and professional growth particularly in Emotional Intelligence and Wellbeing, so that leaders operate from a strong positive state within themselves and therefore have a positive impact on their people and can create a thriving workforce.
Ciara McCullough is a Social Activist, Mental Health Campaigner & Mindset Coach. In her own words, Ciara says “I share my story loudly, so that others don’t have to suffer in silence”. Ciara contributes as a Motivational Speaker, sharing her story in order to promote positive mental health and empower people to discover the power of their own minds. Her journey of self-discovery and personal development started when she was 22, just after her third attempt of suicide.
Maria Walsh MEP was born in Boston, USA, but the village of Shrule, Co. Mayo has been home for her since 1994. She graduated from Griffith College Dublin with a B.A. in Journalism and Visual Media in 2009 and went on to a career in television production and creative management. In 2014 she was crowned the International Rose of Tralee having entered as the Philadelphia Rose, where she was living at the time. Maria was formerly a member of the Irish Army Reserves for around two years, resigning due to her legal obligations as an MEP.
Michaela is a psychotherapist and speaker with twenty years international experience in improving mental health, engagement and performance. Motivated by her passion to help others to aspire to their full potential, Michaela has worked across multiple industries to create positive cognitive and behavioural changes essential to improving wellbeing. Whether you want to build resilience, overcome fears, or improve communication strategies, Michaela can help you or your team to achieve this by applying tried and tested techniques that drive success.
Jackie lost her beautiful daughter, Nicole to suicide, she was 21 years old. She was bullied physically and mentally online by adults. Since then Jackie has lobbied to have Coco’s Law passed, making online abuse a criminal offence so people can be made accountable for their actions. Coco’s law was officially brought into law in Ireland on 9th February 2021.
Jackie now gives generously of her time speaking to schools about online bullying and the devastating effects it can have.
Ryan O’Reilly is author of “Shifting Gears – How to use your drive to reach your potential and accelerate success” and is currently working on his second book on the subject of compassion. For the last number of years Ryan has worked passionately as a corporate speaker and trainer with a particular emphasis on mental health, performance and the changing work place. Ryan truly believes he is in his dream job as a speaker and performance coach – helping others improve their outlooks and lives. Ryan has worked hard at his business and has spoken at conferences all over the world including the Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit.
Nick Lawlor is the Managing Director of Employee Financial Wellness and one of the founding directors of The Wellness Crew. Nick designs and runs financial wellness programmes with companies of all shapes and sizes across Ireland.
Nick believes in delivering corporate Employee Financial Wellness programmes across 3 pillars namely Measurement, Education and Communication.
Linda Breathnach is a qualified and IACP accredited Counsellor Psychotherapist with 20 years’ experience of working with couples, individuals and groups in therapeutic and corporate spaces. She is also a College Lecturer at Certificate, BSc and MSc levels and a Professional Supervisor of Therapists. On a personal level, Linda is a married mum of 4 children and she knows only too well the challenges the Global Pandemic has presented to all of us emotionally and psychologically.
Emma Murphy MIACP is a Psychotherapist specialist in Disordered Eating, and now trains other Health Professionals to work in the specialist area of Emotional and Binge Eating. Over the past 12 years Emma has supported clients out of Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder in Ireland and internationally, working with clients from as far afield as Dubai and Australia.
Caradh is a former World and European Kickboxing Champion. She is also a multiple National Karate Champion and is a current member of the Irish Karate Team.She has been an ambassador for the Irish Society of Colitis and Crohns Disease (ISCC) and lives with Crohns while still competing at international level in elite sport. She works as a broadcaster and presents the sports show iScore with iRadio and is an Athlete Mentor with both the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and Sports For Schools.