Board of Directors

Alan Morris  Mr. A. Morris, Chairman

Alan is Managing Director of Morris Consulting. He has over 20 years’ international experience acting as professional advisor to company boards, senior management, lenders and other stakeholders across a wide range of industries. Prior to establishing Morris Consulting, Alan held senior positions in KPMG and PwC where he advised and implemented corporate recovery and restructuring solutions across a wide range of businesses and sectors. Alan also spent a number of years in industry as Finance and Commercial Director with a FTSE100 group where his responsibilities included overseeing monthly Board reporting, managing acquisitions and disposals, and delivering change management programmes. Alan holds an M.A. (Hons) in Economics from the University of Edinburgh, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and also holds a Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors. Alan was appointed to the Board in May 2012 and elected Chairman in December 2012.

  Dearbhla Cunningham  Ms. D. Cunningham, Treasurer
Appointed to the Board of Directors in 2010, Dearbhla currently serves as Secretary to the Board. A practising barrister based in Dublin where she has a general civil practice, Dearbhla’s particular areas of specialism are tax litigation, company law, and trust and estates. Dearbhla is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and the Irish Taxation Institute, and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Dearbhla regularly publishes and lectures in her areas of specialism and also worked for a number of years in tax practice in PwC and KPMG.

Annette Byrne  Ms. A. Byrne
Annette’s professional background is in Sales and Marketing, and she currently manages a signage company in Dublin. Annette came into contact with Aware over 20 years ago when she experienced depression and attended an Aware support group. She went on to train as a support group facilitator, served as Secretary of the Board for three years and Chairman for five years. Annette was closely involved in the pilot for Aware’s Life Skills programme in 2010, and in 2013 was part of the Strategic Review Committee. She is currently vice chairman of the Board, a member of the national facilitator training team, and a member of the steering committee for the Investing in Volunteers Programme. Annette is also a Trustee of Aware.

Bernard Brogan profile  Mr. B.Brogan
Bernard runs his own sports marketing firm, Legacy, which assists some of Ireland’s leading brands including AIG and PWC with their sponsorship activation and PR. Having graduated with a BA from NUI Maynooth, Bernard went on to complete the MSc in Business Management at DCU and a Diploma in Accountancy, before joining Farrell Grant Sparks where he trained to become a chartered accountant (ACA). Bernard is well-known as a member of the Dublin Senior Football Team and has won two All-Ireland medals, three All-Star Awards and was also named Player of the Year in 2010.

Jennifer Chamberlaine  Ms. J. Chamberlaine
Jennifer is currently Head of Marketing at BearingPoint Ireland, a leading management and technology consultancy, and a non-executive director with Paralympics Ireland. Jennifer has established and managed effective local marketing functions in a number of organisations and brings 13 years experience in creating and implementing marketing strategies.  Having started her career in a marketing consultancy specialising in market research and strategy, Jennifer worked until recently in the financial services sector where she managed marketing programmes to grow the domestic debit card brand to a national household name. Jennifer holds a first class honours degree in marketing from Dublin Business School, a diploma from the Digital Marketing Institute and a graduateship in marketing from the Marketing Institute of Ireland.

Stephen Crowley  Mr. S. Crowley
Stephen Crowley lives in Carrigaline, Co. Cork and has been involved with Aware as a Support Group Facilitator for five years. He also plays a key role in the Aware training team, delivering training to new volunteers. Stephen works as a Training and Development Specialist with Novartis Ringaskiddy Limited. He has worked with the company for 22 years across various departments including production and processing. Stephen is passionate about people and personal development, and in his free time he has completed a Diploma in Life & Executive Coaching and also studied Emotional Intelligence for two years in Carlow Institute of Technology. Stephen is married to Susan and has five children who he describes as ‘wonderful’.

 Alan Duffy Mr. A. Duffy
Alan joined HSBC Bank plc in July 2006 to establish its Irish corporate banking business and has twenty five years of international corporate banking experience.  Alan took on the role of CEO with effect from 16 May 2014.
Prior to joining HSBC, Alan held the position of Head of Wholesale Banking for ING Bank N.V. based in Dublin. He has also held the position of Head of Lending with Banque Bruxelles Lambert as well as spending five years with Scotiabank (Ireland) Limited, with responsibility for originating a wide range of corporate transactions across the Nordic market.
A Business Studies graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Alan also holds an MBA from The Smurfit Graduate School of Business.  He is a member of the Institute of Bankers and has recently completed a Certificate and Diploma with the Chartered Institute of Directors, London.

Icon  Mr. Simon Holmes
Simon is Executive Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Development at ICON plc, one of the world’s leading contract research organisations helping to bring new medical treatments to market. He is responsible for the company’s investor relations function and for the proactive identification and evaluation of potential acquisition candidates. Prior to this role, Simon was Group Director of Marketing, a position he assumed on joining ICON in July 2005. A graduate of the University of East Anglia and Cambridge University, Simon holds an MBA from the UCD Smurfit Business School and previously held senior positions with Microsoft, LogicaCMG and Cable and Wireless.

Liz Joyce  Ms. L. Joyce, Secretary
Liz is Director of Human Resources at the Central Bank of Ireland. She joined the Central Bank from Pioneer Investments where she held a number of human resources roles. Liz also previously worked as Human Resources Director at Greenstar and held a number of roles at Diageo, including Human Resources Director of United Beverages and Human Resources Business Partner for Global Functions. Prior to this, she also worked in human resources with Concern Worldwide for 10 years, ultimately as Human Resources Director. Liz holds a BA degree in psychology from University College Galway and an MBS in Human Resources Strategies from Dublin City University. She has completed diplomas in business, finance and coaching and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Dr Declan Lyons  Dr. D. Lyons
Dr. Lyons is a Consultant Psychiatrist at St. Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin and Lecturer in Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin. As an old age psychiatrist, Dr. Lyons has a special interest in depression and its impact on older adults. He is Director of the Evergreen Rehabilitative Programme at St Patrick’s, and also co-ordinates a memory clinic with an emphasis on early diagnosis of dementia and other memory disorders.

Michael McCarthy  Mr. M. McCarthy
Michael lives in Co. Meath where he has farmed all his working life. For over 20 years he has facilitated Aware support groups in the Dublin area and found great benefit himself from using Aware services. Michael is married to Rosemary with three grown-up children and four adorable grandchildren.

Colm Carey Mr. Colm Carey
Colm is a Support Group Facilitator with Aware in Dublin.  He is Managing Director of The Research Centre and has worked in market research for over twenty years building up vast experience of the business of brands and consumer psychology.  He has an honours degree in pure psychology from University College Dublin and a diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy skills.

Colm has also worked as a strategic Planner with Doyle Dane Bernbach Advertising.  He is a regular contributor to Marketing Magazine – Ireland’s leading marketing publication on issues relating to marketing and brand development – and contributes to radio and television shows on marketing and consumer psychology related issues.

Peter CosgroveMr. Peter Cosgrove
Peter is a Director with Cpl the largest Recruitment and outsourcing consultancy in Ireland and Founder of the Future of Work Institute. He is a regular contributor to the national media on areas of talent and the future of work. Peter is on the steering committee of the 30% club and is Chairman of Blackrock Athletic club.

Keith Gaynor_headshotDr K Gaynor
Keith is a Senior Clinical Psychologist in the St John of God Hospital, Stillorgan. He specialises in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for anxiety disorders and depression. He has previously worked for the NHS at the Warneford Hospital, Oxford. He completed his clinical training at the Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley Hospital, London. He completed his PhD in University College Dublin. He has written widely in academic journals on the topic of CBT and is regular contributor to the Irish media on issues of mental health. He has just released his first book “Protecting Mental Health”.

Lisa_LawlessDr Lisa Lawless
Lisa is a graduate of UCD School of Medicine. She is a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners and The Irish Student Health Association. She holds post graduate qualifications from The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and The Irish College of Psychiatrists. Dr Lawless currently works as a GP in the College Health Service at Trinity College Dublin providing a wide range of care to staff and students. She has a special interest in mental health care particularly amongst adolescent and young adult populations. Dr Lawless has a wide range of clinical experience having worked for many years in hospital and community based medicine. She enjoys teaching and previously worked as a lecturer in Clinical Neurophysiology at The University of Ulster.