Dominic Layden
Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining Aware he held senior executive roles in the UK, USA and Ireland and has also run his own restructuring and turnaround advisory business. He is former Country Manager for Motorola Ireland and a former Vice President and General Manager for a global networks division with Motorola based in the USA. He was also a former Chief Executive for Meridian Ltd and has served on numerous boards of directors. He has a B.Sc. in Management from Trinity College.

Brid O’Meara
Director of Services

Brid trained as a psychiatric nurse in St. Patricks Hospital, Dublin, and a general nurse in St. James’ Hospital, Dublin. Following many years of nursing experience in various roles, she became the Deputy Director of Nursing in St. John of God Hospital in Stillorgan in 2009 and having completed an MSc in Health Services Management, she moved to Director of Services with St. John of God services in 2012. Having always been passionate about mental health, she feels it is a privilege to be involved in providing mental health education, information and support to people all over Ireland and to be assisting in reducing the stigma of mental ill health.

Gerry O’Brien
Head of Fundraising and Business Development

Gerry joined Aware in 2015 and his responsibilities include:  community fundraising; business development; major / corporate donor relations; fundraising events.  Gerry holds a BA in Economics and Politics and a Master Degree in Economic Science from UCD.  He started his career in the Civil Service and served for a time as Deputy Private Secretary to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform. Immediately prior to joining Aware, Gerry spent 16 years with Bank of Ireland where he held a number of senior management positions, specialising in business development and relationship management.

Jamie Good
Communications & Event Manager

Jamie joined Aware in Summer 2017 as Communications & Event Manger. Prior to Aware, she spent 11 years working in PR agencies managing a diverse portfolio of clients across the consumer, technology, corporate and charity sectors. She holds a BA Hons in Psychology from NUI Galway and a Diploma from the Public Relations Institute of Ireland.

Drew Flood
Business Development Executive

Drew joined Aware in summer 2014 as Business Development Executive and actively seeks new opportunities for Aware to partner with companies on Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and corporate partnerships. With a background in the hospitality sector, Drew came to Aware following a hugely enjoyable 17 years with The K Club. He is passionate about Aware’s work, particularly the positive mental health programmes which deliver wellbeing and resilience skills to students and employees across Ireland. Contact Drew if you are interested in exploring how your company can work with Aware.

Rosemary Carvill
National Support Group Coordinator

Rosemary has worked with Aware since 2012. As the National Coordinator for Support Groups, she is involved with the recruitment, training and support of volunteers who facilitate Aware’s nationwide groups. She formerly worked with Business in the Community, The Sunday Tribune and worked in the UK. Rosemary has a Bachelor of Business Studies from UCD.

Dee Lynch
Training and Recruitment Officer

Dee is responsible for the training & development of existing and new Contract Trainers, a post that she started in November 2015. Prior to this, for a number of years, Dee was delivering the Life Skills Programme for adults and also in secondary schools for young people as well as Wellness@Work training for a variety of corporate clients. She is passionate about training and really enjoys interacting with Contractors to help them achieve a high and consistent quality of training aimed at helping people experiencing, and/or effected by depression, make a real difference to their lives. Dee finds her role extremely rewarding.

Bernie McGeer
CE Supervisor & Shop Manager

Aware Charity Shop
147 Phibsborough Road,Dublin 7

Bernie has been working as a Community Employment Supervisor for 22 years, 14 of those at Aware.  The CE project is based in the Aware Charity Shop in Phibsborough.  The project gives work experience and training opportunities to people who have been long term unemployed as well as people who have been out of the work force through illness.  Bernie has a Management qualification from the National College of Ireland.  She really enjoys her role in a busy retail environment and is passionate about fitness.

Karen Bergin
Digital Marketing Executive

Karen joined the Aware team in spring 2017. Karen holds a BA in Geography & Mathematical Studies from Maynooth University and Masters in Sustainable Rural Development from UCD and Cyberpsychology from IADT Dun Laoghaire. She is responsible for the upkeep of the website and sharing Aware’s message across all social media channels. Karen started out in the education sector and moved to the charity sector, having worked in UNICEF for three years. She is passionate about mental health and previously volunteered with Aware.

David McManus
Support Group Admin & Coordinator

David is responsible, with the National Coordinator, for supporting Aware's support group facilitators across the country and for promoting and administering Aware's Support Group service nationwide. David is a former Aware Support Line Volunteer and has worked in the manufacturing, banking and tertiary sectors before joining Aware. David has an MSc in Applied Psychology from Robert Gordon University Aberdeen and a BA Hons in Business Management from Dublin Business School.

Gary Byrne
Support Line & Support Mail Manager

Gary joined Aware in 2012 as a volunteer on the Support Line. He now manages, promotes and develops the Support Line and Support Mail services, working closely with all volunteers. He is dedicated to providing information and support regarding good mental health. He also enjoys photography, astronomy, and is an avid moviegoer. Gary holds BA (Hons) Degree in Psychology, and MSc in Applied Psychology from DBS.

Barbara Condon
Senior Administrator

Barbara took up the role of Senior Administrator with Aware in November 2017. She has over 20 years’ experience of working at senior executive level in the corporate and not-for-profit sector. Prior to Aware, Barbara worked as Communications Lead with An Cosán Virtual Community College; she project managed all key organisation and fundraising events during her 8 year spell at An Cosán. Barbara is a keen cyclist and hillwalker.


Elisha Kenny
Accounts Administrator

Elisha joined the Aware Team in 2005 as the Accounts Administrator with responsibility for the day to day accounting function, independently audited each year. Prior to Aware, Elisha worked in the Corporate Sector in the same capacity for 10 years. Outside Aware she enjoys spending her free time with her 5 year old son who keeps her very active.


Jane Randall
Administration Support Fundraising Department

Jane joined Aware in 2006, spent 7 years in the Administration Office and since then has been a member of the Fundraising Team. Her role is supporting the team in the administration of community fundraising, corporate events and Aware events. Jane enjoys the variety of her role and the interaction with people and their fundraising projects –  no two days are the same in the Fundraising Office!






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