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MindWise Senior Management and Trustees

Find out more about our Senior Management Team and Board of Trustees.

Meet Our Directors

Anne Doherty

Chief Executive

Jayne Wright

Director of People

Siobhan Weiniger

Director of Finance

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.

Our Senior Management Team


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

  • Tara Collins, Area Manager for Therapeutic Wellbeing
  • Caroline Devlin, Area Manager for Community
  • Mark Dyer, Client Engagement Manager
  • Ali Graham, ICT Manager
  • Stephen Gray, Digital Transformation Manager
  • Ashleigh Beggs, HR Manager 
  • Maria Hassett, Finance Manager
  • Jackie McCaughey, Area Manager for Housing
  • Victoria Price, Area Manager for Information, Advice and Advocacy

 

Putting lived experience at the heart of everything we do 

Hear from Teresa Majury on the value of her own lived experience in her role as a member of our Board of Trustees. 

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

Colin McMinn

Trustee

Ian McMaster

Trustee

Jonathan Simpson

Trustee

Catherine Colleary

Trustee

Teresa Majury

Trustee

Janet McClinton

Trustee

Denise McCartan

Trustee

Emma-Rose Duffy

Trustee

Chris Eisenstadt

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. 

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. 

Teresa Majury

Trustee

I joined the MindWise Board of Trustees in March 2022.  As a carer, I have lived experience of looking after a loved one with complex mental health issues as well as experiencing anxiety and depression myself.  I am passionate about erasing the stigma and discrimination around mental illness and giving a voice to the most vulnerable in our society.  I enjoy reading and crafting especially knitting and punch needling which I find very therapeutic. I’m an enthusiastic amateur gardener and the reemergence of my perennials every Spring always boosts my mood. 

Janet McClinton

Trustee

My name is Janet McClinton and I am a current member of the Board of Trustees. I qualified as a social worker (University of East Anglia) in 1981, working in Norwich before coming back to Northern Ireland  to work for the Probation Board for Northern Ireland. I currently manage a busy staff team including the preparation of court papers and attendances, supporting victims and managing offenders. I'm married with one grown-up son and I love reading, walking (I recently completed part of the Camino de Santiago, some 200 miles) and visiting local historical sites within the island of Ireland and abroad.

Denise McCartan

Trustee

I have been on the Board of Trustees since 2022. I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and Chartered with the British Psychological Society. I have a PhD in neuropsychology and psychopharmacology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I have an interest in family issues and have associated publications. I work as an independent practitioner and have been writing Court reports since 2007.

I have 3 wonderful grown-up daughters and really enjoy reading and walking, particularly in the Mournes and by the beach. I am also trying to learn how to speak French.

Emma-Rose Duffy

Trustee

My name is Emma-Rose Duffy and I joined the board in 2022. I am Solicitor currently working in the area of children’s rights and I also have experience in the areas of conveyancing and criminal law. My current work involves dealing with vulnerable children and their families who suffer with mental health issues, trauma and/or a disability.  

As a student I participated in the Study USA programme 2012/13 where I studied Business, Criminal Justice and Forensic Science at Centenary College New Jersey. In my final year at QUB I also travelled to Los Angeles to intern at the Los Angeles Federal and State Courts. I spent several weeks observing in Edmund D Edelman Children’s Dependency Court which was designed and built to be a child sensitive courthouse. Gaining first-hand experience of such a unique set up further ignited my passion to help improve the court system for child witnesses in NI. Upon my return from LA, I became a volunteer for the NSPCC’s ‘Young Witness Service’. I also applied to complete a Masters in Children’s Rights. My dissertation, entitled ‘Teddy Bears in Court’ compared the NI and LA court systems and argued for more child friendly court rooms to be built in NI. This is something which I hope to be able to implement in NI in the future. 

My experiences and employment thus far have involved dealing with various people from all walks of life and backgrounds and it has given me a passion to help those in need and ensure the most vulnerable people have their voices heard. On my first day at QUB I found a ring which had the phrase “Be the change you wish to see in the world” engraved on it and that it the motto I try to adhere to. 

Outside of work I love baking, travelling, attending concerts and the theatre with my friends and family!  

Chris Eisenstadt

Trustee

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