Who we are
Our team is small, productive, and laughs a lot. Here’s who we are, and what we do.
Derek began his career in the role of research sociologist as part of a multi-disciplinary team in Ireland’s National Suicide Research Foundation in 1996 before taking up a research post with the Health Service Executive in 1999. While working for the HSE he was lead author of Ireland’s national suicide prevention strategy. This led to the establishment of the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention which Derek joined as Senior Researcher and Deputy Head. Derek left the HSE NOSP in 2009 to become of Director of Programmes and Policy with ReachOut.com. He has an MA (Hons.) in Sociology from UCC and is currently completing a doctorate in social science, also in UCC.
Research and Evaluation Officer
Fenella joined ReachOut.com in August 2010. She is a graduate of UCC’S MA Economics programme, during which she specialised in health economics and conducted research into mental health services in Ireland. Fenella previously worked with the Health Research Group in the University of Surrey as a research health economist. With ReachOut.com, she now works on implementing our research and evaluation plan and providing research support to the team.
Head of Digital and Communications
Naoise joined ReachOut.com in October 2010 and manages and develops all online activities for ReachOut.com and WorkOutapp.ie as well as our social media presence. Naoise works and develops the overall communications strategy of ReachOut.com including the development of traditional marketing and advertising campaigns.
Youth Engagement Officer
Roisin is passionate about young people and mental health. After studying Health Promotion in WIT she travelled to Australia in search of work. While interning with ReachOut.com Australia she landed a full-time role as Online Community Co-ordinator as part of the Youth Involvement team. After two years there she relocated back to Ireland where she joined the Irish ReachOut.com team in September 2011. Roisin works with the team to make ReachOut.com the best it possibly can be and to keep young people at the centre of everything we do. Roisin loves sunshine, is obsessed with stationary and sometimes has an Australian accent.
Our board consists of people from a variety of backgrounds including (but not limited to) youth mental health, technology and corporate governance.
Helen is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), for HSE South (North Cork), and was previously Deputy Director of the National Suicide Research Foundation. She’s a qualified medical doctor (University College Cork) and child Psychiatrist (Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, London). She is also a Fellow of the Irish Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists.
Eamon is a founder, an advisor to start-ups, an angel investor, and a tech community organiser. Based in Ireland, he sold his company, Orchestra (a Platform-as-a-Service), to Engine Yard Inc. in 2011. There, he held the roles of VP Engineering and VP Developer Relations until August 2014. He is currently in the process of founding a distillery, and will continue to invest in startup teams, products and opportunities.
A professional rugby union player, Rhys currently plays with UCD and Leinster. Already interested in using his position to further good causes, joining ReachOut.com was a good fit.
Colin was the Managing Director of Macquarie Capital Ireland when he was the chairman of ReachOut Ireland. Previous roles include Research Director at Goodbody Stockbrokers, Special Advisor at the departments of Finance and Transport, and Head of Trading Research at Bank of Ireland Treasury. He is a member of the Glasnevin Trust, and was previously a non-executive director at Aer Lingus, a member of the National Economic and Social Council and chaired the National Review of Higher Education Strategy. A native of Waterford, he has BComm and MEconSc degrees from University College Cork and a PhD from Trinity College Dublin.