Mental Health Reform announces appointment of Interim Chief Executive Officer

Mental Health Reform has today announced the appointment of Ms Róisín Clarke as Interim Chief Executive Officer of the coalition. The appointment follows an external recruitment process led by the Board of Directors.

Róisín Clarke joins Mental Health Reform, with over 20 years’ experience in the healthcare and charity sectors. She has previously held senior roles in strategic development, programme management, and stakeholder engagement. Most recently, she has been involved with the development of Paediatric Inclusion Health and the Migrant Health Response within Children’s Health Ireland, aimed at enhancing service access and delivery to vulnerable, marginalised and migrant children.

Róisín Clarke will commence her post on 30th May. Ms Fiona Coyle, Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Reform will be stepping away from the role in May to take maternity leave. Ms Coyle will return to Mental Health Reform in January 2023.

Speaking on behalf of the Board, Chairperson of Mental Health Reform, Michele Kerrigan said:

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Róisín Clarke to Mental Health Reform as the Interim Chief Executive Officer. Róisín brings a wealth of expertise which ideally equips her to guide Mental Health Reform in delivering its strategy. We believe Róisín’s leadership will have an energising and positive influence on the coalition, as we continue our important work.”

Róisín Clarke said: “It’s an honour to accept this position on an interim basis. I’m delighted to join Mental Health Reform and be part of a dedicated team of staff, members and volunteers working together to drive progressive reform of our mental health system in Ireland.”

“Over the past two years, the pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health sector. People across Ireland face increasing difficulties in accessing timely, holistic mental health supports. I look forward to working with the coalition to highlight the need for investment and improvement in our mental health services to ensure that people can access high-quality mental health care where and when they need it.”


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