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MindWise management and trustees

Find out more about our management team and Board of Trustees.

Meet Our Directors

Anne Doherty

Chief Executive

Jayne Wright

Director of People

Siobhan Weiniger

Director of Finance

Elaine Black

Director of Operations

Anne Doherty

Chief Executive

Anne’s passion over the past 30 years lies with mental health and wellbeing from early intervention and prevention perspectives. Initially qualifying as a Graphic Designer, from the National College of Art and Design Dublin, 1989, she developed a number of initiatives with RTE, National Museum of Art and Design and Collaboration North while also supporting young people at risk through arts initiatives with St John of God, FAS and subsequently back home in Belfast with Voluntary Services Belfast and the National Schizophrenia Fellowship.  

The voluntary sector appeals to her values and ethos which has resulted in her contributing to the growth and development of a number of small – medium sized 3rd sector organisations not least MindWise, were she holds the position of Chief Executive.  In addition to her role in MindWise  Anne is an actively participating Trustee of Mental Health UK, mentalhealth-uk.org and a Trustee of the Human Health Project, humanhealthproject.org.

Anne believes the key to success is the partnerships she has formed with the people she works for and with – most importantly the working relationships formed with those directly affected by mental health needs.

Committed to life-long learning and reflective practice she holds a number of health care leadership and management qualifications including but not least a MBA, Life, Executive, Mental Health and Wellbeing Coach and Coach Supervisor and is currently studying towards a Masters in Trauma Studies. She has been instrumental in integrating Coaching into health care practice across disciplines and at all levels and more recently was awarded a Coaching Hero Award by the Minister for Health Republic of Ireland. Anne has also recently been nominated and shortlisted for CO3’s Leading on Organisational Change Award.

Anne actively sits on the NI Personality Disorder Network; The NI Forensic Care Managed Network Advisory Board; The Interdepartmental Board (NICCY Spotlight).

Email: anne.doherty@mindwisenv.org

Jayne Wright

Director of People

Jayne started her career as Accounts Assistant with Royal Insurance (later to merge with Sun Alliance to become Royal Sun Alliance). She quickly moved into HR gaining experience and development in a variety of HR disciplines and roles. Jayne then headed up the RSA HR function for Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

She joined MindWise in 2014 as our HR Director, and has been instrumental in MindWise gaining Investors in People Gold. Jayne is a Fellow Member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development), holding an L7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management. She loves to spend time with her family and going on long walks with her dog.

Siobhan Weiniger

Director of Finance

Siobhan joined MindWise in September 2016 as Director of Finance. She is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and holds a BSc Accounting (Hons) and the IOD Certificate in Company Direction. Having worked within the private, public sector and voluntary sectors, Siobhan’s main experience has been within the latter, and she has over twenty years’ experience of providing financial and corporate services support to local charities.

In her free time Siobhan enjoys family time, travelling, reading and learning the tin whistle.

Elaine Black

Director of Operations

Elaine has worked for around 25 years to support people and communities, starting out as a Neighbourhood Development officer in Ballymena to becoming a Liaison officer in many communities across Belfast.

Elaine’s work experience has also been with specific groups e.g. older people regionally or subjects like community safety. Elaine joined MindWise in September 2019 from Belfast City Council having enjoyed the role of Children and Young People Manager and laterally shaping policy and business development on issues like poverty for their City & Neighbourhood Services department.

In her spare time Elaine loves being outdoors taking photos of our beautiful coastline and spending time have a coffee and a catch up with family and friends.

 

Our Management Team


The Management Team have overall corporate responsibility for MindWise’s strategic direction, organizational performance and leadership.

  • Maria Hassett - Finance Manager 
  • Jackie McCaughey – Adult Mental Health Services Manager 
  • Eileen McGuigan - Corporate Services Manager 
  • Fiona Scullion – Learning and Development Manager 
  • Stanley Booth – Criminal Justice Manager 
  • Jim Darragh – Children and Young Peoples’ Manager
  • Michele Loughran – Mental Health and Money Advice Service Manager 
  • Seaneen Molloy – Communications and Public Affairs Manager 
  • Emma Ewings - Head of Fundraising and Corporate Partnerships (
  • Elaine Sheridan - Volunteer Co-ordinator 

Our Board of Trustees

MindWise's board of trustees are responsible for our overall governance.

Tom Haire

Chair of Board of Trustees

Stephen Carson

Trustee

John Adrain

Trustee

Fiona Rooney

Trustee

Colin McMinn

Trustee

Ian McMaster

Trustee

Jonathan Simpson

Trustee

Catherine Colleary

Trustee

Tom Haire

Chair of Board of Trustees

My name is Tom Haire and I am extremely pleased to have been recently appointed as the new Chair of the MindWise Board of Trustees.  I retired three years ago from a career spent largely in the justice system working in a range of functions including the courts, the probation service, the prison service and the Department of Justice.

Most recently,I spent a number of years working on new legislation for Northern Ireland including the criminal justice aspects of the Mental Capacity Act.  Previously,I also had responsibility for the justice system’s management of offender patients with serious mental health problems.

I live in south Belfast with my wife Clare, quite close to MindWise HQWe have three adult children who all now live in England.  We all love Donegal and enjoy spending time there when we can as a family to relax and catch up with each other.

I am a keen athlete and, despite my years, can still be seen running the roads and tow paths around the Lagan Valley.  Marathons are a thing of the past,though I do still manage the occasional 10k and half marathon.  When weather permits, I like to get out on my bike including cycling to and from MindWise meetings.  I am also keen on gardening and horticulture and for many years have had a plot at Annadale Allotments and have been the Chairman of the Allotments Association.

A number of years ago I was extremely honoured to receive an OBE at Buckingham Palace for public and voluntary services.

Stephen Carson

Trustee

I am Stephen Carson, a trustee and long-time volunteer with MindWise. 

I work in the IT industry, though I’m studying for a Social Psychology degree with the Open University.  I enjoy politics, current affairs, culture and enjoy attending arts events.  I have a particular interest in autism and its intersection with mental health. 

John Adrain

Trustee

I have been a member of the Board of MindWise since 2014.    

I am by profession a Chartered Accountant and I was a tax partner with PwC until my retirement about 10 years ago.  I still have some professional involvement in taxation, serving as a Financial Member of the Tax Tribunal.  

 I live in Bangor.  I have three daughters and two grandchildren and much of my time in retirement is spent with my family.  I enjoy travelling, walking, watching most kinds of sport and reading. 

Fiona Rooney

Trustee

It has been my privilege to have been a Trustee of MindWise since 2012.  Over the years, I have had the opportunity to meet so many different and interesting people.     

When I am not at MindWise, I work full time for the independent market research company Ipsos MORI.  We conduct political polls as well as many other types of research. I love this job as I get to find out really interesting things about all different types of people in Northern Ireland.  I have spent 25 years working in research, in Northern Ireland and it always amazes me how generous the people of Northern Ireland are with their time.  

When I am not at work I spend my time with my husband Sean and our three boys, Luke (19), Jude (16) and Gabriel (12).  Apart from that, I like to learn new skills so this year I have been studying for a master’s degree in data analytics.

Colin McMinn

Trustee

My name is Colin McMinn.   I joined the MindWise Board of Trustees two years ago and am Chair of the Appointments and Remuneration Committee. 

I live with my wife Jillian at the Maze just outside Hillsborough. We have two grown-up children, and three beautiful granddaughters, who love to come to our house for sleepovers! 

I retired from the Civil Service over 4 years ago, having spent most of my career in the Department of Health.  For many years I worked in the areas of learning disability, physical disability and mental health policy. I was privileged to be invited to join an international team of experts to advise the authorities in the Czech Republic on disability policy, particularly social inclusion, prior to it joining the EU in 2004.  Latterly I was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the recommendations of the Bamford Review of Mental Health and Learning Disability.  I also led on the introduction of talking therapies. In addition I worked with Health and Social Care Trusts to provide modern psychiatric facilities for those who need inpatient care. 

I love cars and have been to the Geneva Motor Show.  I also enjoy walking – the Granite Trail in Newcastle and Divis Mountain being my favourites.  Last year we walked to Cuilcagh Mountain in Fermanagh and climbed up the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ to its viewpoint.  We also like to travel, with Uganda and Israel being among the more unusual places we have visited. 

Ian McMaster

Trustee

I have been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2017.  I originally trained as a GP where I developed an interest in mental illness and then worked in various mental health services until joining the Department of Health as an adviser on policy, legislation and services in the areas of mental health and intellectual disability in 1999. I was fortunate in my time within the Department to have been involved with many aspects of the Bamford Review.  I also have a particular interest in the development of services for people in contact with the Criminal Justice System, having worked earlier in my career within various prison settings. 

I am married with 2 grown up children and importantly 2 grandchildren who keep me busy in any spare time. I enjoy gardening, travelling and having been brought up on a farm like to spend time in the countryside walking. 

Jonathan Simpson

Trustee

I am privileged to have been a Trustee of MindWise since 2016.    

I work as an associate solicitor at a large practice in Belfast city centre and specialise in employment law. I advise many organisations and individuals on employment law related matters. In the past I have also individuals on mental health law, seeing first-hand the need for the services that MindWise provides.

I live in Belfast with my wife, Deborah and our son, Jack (3).  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, swimming and cycling.

Catherine Colleary

Trustee

I joined Mindwise as a Trustee in summer 2020 and am looking forward to getting involved in the role and making a contribution to the organisation.

I am a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser and having worked previously in a large corporate organisation I now run my own business. I enjoy the flexibility that this gives me.

I grew up by the sea and love to escape back to the coast. I enjoy walking, have recently taken up golf and am still kept busy by my two teenage children. 

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