Aware, the national depression support, education and information organisation, has announced that Dublin footballer and All-Star Bernard Brogan, has joined its Board of Directors. As well as his knowledge and understanding of the relationship between sport and mental health, Bernard is a founding director of Legacy Consultants, a specialist sponsorship activation company and he will bring valuable marketing skills to the Board. It is hoped that his involvement will highlight mental health and related issues to more young men across the country and encourage them to engage with Aware’s extensive services.
Speaking about his involvement, Bernard said: “I’m genuinely pleased to be in a position to do some work with Aware and to use the experience and connections that I have to help them reach out to more people. The work they do throughout Dublin and the rest of the country is really fantastic and it’s great to see a charity that is transparent, whose services are independently evaluated and based on clinical best practice, and most importantly one that is making a real difference in the lives of so many individuals and families nationwide.”
As well as Bernard’s appointment, two other directors have recently been elected to the Board: Simon Holmes is a former Scottish Rugby international who now works with ICON, and Stephen Crowley, is a long-term Aware volunteer and business manager with Novartis in Cork. Alan Morris, Chairman of Aware has welcomed the new appointments: “Aware’s Board of Directors is entirely voluntary and we endeavour to ensure that we have a strong mix of backgrounds and relevant skills to ensure that the organisation is in the very best position to do what it sets out to do: to be a supporting light through depression for the hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland who are impacted by this common condition every single day.” The appointment of Bernard Brogan and Simon Holmes was made through Boardmatch Ireland, which works to strengthen governance in the not-for-profit sector through the placement of professionals onto the Boards of charities.