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.
Ryan O’Reilly is a renowned international speaker and the author of “Shifting Gears – How to use your drive to reach your potential and accelerate success”. He is a highly qualified and fully accredited performance coach who has been providing consultancy services to global clients around the world since 2013. Ryan has spoken to organisations and teams all over the world including Dell, Mercury, Dropbox, LinkedIn, VMWare in a range of capacities, including keynote speaker, guest speaker, and workshop facilitator.
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, two therapy centres in Dublin serving families within the Irish community in Dublin and nationwide. He is Founder of ZestLife Training a consultancy, a training company providing training workshops, courses and supervision to agencies around Ireland.
Fiona Forman 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 well-being 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 1to1, 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. Niamh’s emphasis is on transformative coaching to create lasting change for maximum positive impact, not just for the leader but for the benefit of all who work with them too.
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 through 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.
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.