Recruiting: CEO of Mental Health Reform

Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Mental Health Reform now seeks a CEO who has the knowledge, skills and experience to build on MHR’s current reputation as an authoritative, consensus voice, and work with the Board to advance the advocacy programme and mobilise public and political support for a step change in the government’s and HSE’s response to current failings in the mental health system.

Working closely with the Board, the Chief Executive Officer leads the delivery of the overall strategic and operational plan of Mental Health Reform, implements the organisation’s strategy to influence reform of the mental health system in Ireland and advises the Board on the strategic development of the organisation.

Main responsibilities:

Organisational development

  • Work with the Board to grow and sustain Mental Health Reform (MHR) as a national coalition on mental health
  • Manage MHR’s programme of work
  • Act as chief strategist and advisor to the Board on the long-term strategic plan for MHR
  • Develop and implement campaigns and operational plans to deliver the strategic plan
  • Sustain and grow MHR’s membership base and activist network, and oversee MHR’s membership structure

Campaigns and representation

  • Oversee and advance the development and implementation of effective lobbying and campaigns programme
  • Establish and maintain influencing relationships with key targets and allies
  • Act as the primary spokesperson and lead public relations for MHR with responsibility for building its image, profile and reputation in line with Board policy
  • Oversee the development and updating of policy positions on behalf of MHR
  • Represent MHR at external forums and on Government committees


  • Develop annual operational plans and budget and agree KPIs with the Board
  • Ensure adequate measurement systems are in place so KPIs can be monitored and reported
  • Support the preparation of the agenda and board papers for Board meetings
  • Be responsible for the prudent fiscal management of MHR’s operational budget
  • Oversee procedures to fulfil regulatory and funder contractual requirements
  • Manage the recruitment and performance of staff and externally contracted resources in line with good practice and legal requirements


  • Lead the organisation in developing and implementing a fundraising strategy
  • Grow and maintain relationships with major donors and funders
  • Identify grant opportunities and submit grant applications

Personal Requirements

The successful candidate will have:

  • Track record of successful leadership and management of an organisation and team
  • Proven record implementing and delivering on strategic vision and goals of an organisation
  • Proven leadership, decision making, and advocacy skills
  • Proven ability to engage with a range of audiences and to build effective relationships with political, public sector, media, funder, service user and professional groups
  • Proven capacity for innovation, strategic thinking and decision making
  • Strong analytical skills, sound judgement and the capacity to operate in a complex and challenging legal environment
  • Commitment to the vision and values of MHR with the passion and ability to mobilise members and activists at local and national level to influence mental health reform
  • Knowledge of the policy environment in health, social change or related areas

How to Apply

Please see the Competition Booklet and Application Documents and submit your application without delay – formal interviews are likely to take place in mid December.

Enquiries/Further information

Please contact Paddy Collins of Torc Consulting if you wish to discuss this role, or request further information, on 01 662 3020 or email




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