Chair: Ciara Brennan


Ciara is currently the Business?marketing Manager of Stepping Stones NI a group that helps people with disabilities access employment.  In her previous role she was a Social Enterprise Business Advisor & Hub Manager for Work West.   Ciara has spent the last 11 years working with social entrepreneurs. Having graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Communication Studies, Ciara pursued a career in corporate social responsibility working with small and large firms to reach solutions on social responsibility.

Ciara then lead the NI team of UnLtd  - the foundation for Social Entrepreneurs for 7 years finding and supporting individuals with the ideas, drive and commitment to make a positive change in society.  It was here that Ciara met Joe Donnelly who came to her with the concept of TAMHI and a plan to work with two teams - She saw great potential  in the project and got TAMHI its first small investment of £900 to deliver the project - the fact that TAMHI had gone from a small project to a charity in the space of 3 years justified Ciara's belief to come on board as the Chair as she saw first hand the hard work, passion and enthusiasm that went into taking TAMHI to the next step.

Ciara was recognised for her work by being listed on the Belfast Media Group’s Top 40 under 40 2012 and by receiving a special achievement Social Economy Award for performance in the sector. 

Ciara is now the Business and Marketing manager for Stepping Stones.   Stepping Stones NI  was established in 1996 to provide adults with learning difficulties / disabilities with the opportunity to access accredited training towards gaining employment.

Secretary: Sharon Quinn


Sharon is the Finance and Office Manager for Suicide Bereavement & awareness Charity Lighthouse.   Sharon has been the office manager for 10 years and has been instrumental in the development and success of the charity. 

Lighthouse supported Thomas family after he took his life in 2009 and Sharon became very close to the family.  Through links with the family Sharon and Lighthouse have supported the development of TAMHI.    Sharon has overseen the development of all key policies and registrations which has enabled TAMHI to become a registered charity. 

Treasurer: Jean McLaughlin


Jean is the mother of Thomas and former Chairperson of TAMHI.   Jean wanted to set up TAMHI in memory of Thomas and turn what was a negative into a positive in terms of raising awareness of mental health and suicide. 

Jean has organised a number of events and fundraisers for Lighthouse and would regularly volunteer to support their various initiatives.


Committee Member: Paul Stephenson


Paul qualified as a social worker in 1991 and has worked for the NSPCC since late 2001. Prior to joining the NSPCC
he managed a probation funded hostel which accommodated a number of child sex offenders. In his social work career Paul has also worked directly with the survivors of sexual abuse as well as the perpetrators.

In his current post as Child Protection in Sport Officer for the NSPCC Paul’s primary role is working with sports governing bodies to promote good practice in their work with children. He provides sports organisations with advice on the development of safeguarding policies and procedures and responds to issues arising from specific cases.

Paul has also worked with a number of local councils to advise on their safeguarding policies as well as training staff on implementing these policies. Paul currently represents the NSPCC on the National Organisation for Treatment of Abusers (NOTA) (NI) steering group. Through Pauls work he has become aware of a number of young people and adults involved in sport who have died through suicide and on a personal basis has lost a close friend to suicide in 1995 but
is aware of how this loss continues to impact on his friends family circle.


Committee Member:  Patrick Doyle 


Patrick Doyle is a qualified youth worker in the New Lodge Youth Center; and was previously part of a successful United Youth Programme working with young people Not in Education Training and Employment.   Paddy has great skills and engaging with hard to reach young people; a qualified football coach and mentor, Patrick brings the skills needed to support TAMHI around championing resilience.  Paddy has worked in the youth sector for 6 years now and brings a wealth of knowledge in terms of programme development and organisation direction. 

Committee Member:  Chris McArdle 

Chris is currently a fully qualified accounatant for KPMG.  An avid fundraiser and coach at Cliftonville FDC Chris is passionate about mental health and driving social change and has a vested interest and passion in sport. 

TAMHI Manager: Joe Donnelly


Joe started TAMHI back in 2011 as a project that was set up to encourage football teams to Talk About Mental Health Issues and to help them explore how best to promote positive mental health and build resilience through sport.

Joe holds a 2.1 degree in Business Studies and has worked in administrative and development roles in both the NIHE and Invest NI.

In 2009 Joe joined the Sport NI team were he worked as part of the Community Sport Team for almost 5 years before leaving to pursue a career in TAMHI full time.  Joe worked on Awards for Sport, Active Schools, International Sports Events, Boxing Investment programme and Sport Matters Capital Equipment Programme. 

 A lot of Joe’s work involved regular engagement with applicants and through meeting various different clubs and community
organisations he got a real sense of the power of sport and the impact it can have if delivered right. In 2011 Joe approached Unltd with a idea to raise awareness of suicide and mental health through sport by working with two football teams.  The concept was simple - Football was the hook and mental health was the message. 

Joe successfully delivered a programme with the clubs that got people to talk about mental health.  Joe then applied to sported for a mentor to explore how best the organisation could go forward and what role TAMHI could play in ensuring mental health was taking seriously at clubs - thanks to Sported Mentor Frank McGlone TAMHI was transformed from a project run by an individual to a charitable organisation.

In 2013 TAMHI secured investment from Tudor Trust who believed in the passion and enthusiasm of founder Joe Donnellys work and approach to mental health promotion through sport which has enabled Joe to go full time and make a significant impact on promoting mental health in sport.

 For this role he has combined his passion for raising awareness of positive mental health and sports development to create TAMHI.


Company number: NI624541  Charity Number: NIC104363

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