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Meet the Team

Chief Executive

Karen Collins

Karen Collins

Chief Executive

Karen joined AWARE in November 2018 after serving 10 years as the CEO of a counselling charity.  Karen’s role focuses on working closely with the Board to ensure the effective governance and strategic planning of the organisation.  Outside work Karen enjoys running and spending time with her family.

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Senior Management

Pat Lynch

Pat Lynch

Head of Education and Development

Pat has been working for AWARE since May 2000 and is the longest serving member of staff in the organisation. As Head of Services, Pat oversees the smooth running of the Education and Training department. Pat is a keen gardener and loves everything to do with the outdoors.

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Patricia McDaid

Patricia McDaid

Head of Corporate Services

Patricia joined AWARE in January 2004. Patricia is responsible for the smooth running of the organisation including management of Finance and Human Resources. In her spare time Patricia enjoys walking and zumba.

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Tom McEneaney

Tom McEneaney

Head of Business Development

Tom started to work for AWARE in September 2009. Tom has 30 years clinical and management experience as a mental health professional working within the Belfast Trust area.

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Communications

Michelle Byrne

Michelle Byrne

Communications Officer

Michelle joined AWARE in March 2013 and is responsible for Communications within AWARE. Michelle has been tasked with raising the public profile of AWARE as well as the development and editing of all online communication including the website and social media sites. In her spare time, Michelle is a keen singer and enjoys spending time with her young family.

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Fundraising

Clare Galbraith

Clare Galbraith

Corporate Fundraiser
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Kate Muldoon

Kate Muldoon

Finance and Fundraising Assistant

Kate joined AWARE in January 2019 and handles the Finance and Administration within the Fundraising Team but can also be spotted attending AWARE fundraising events throughout the year.

In her spare time Kate enjoys travelling, cooking, keeping fit, singing and is currently learning to play guitar.

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Leslie Wright

Leslie Wright

Community and Events Fundraising Officer

I have worked in fundraising for over 20 years and most recently took on this role at AWARE, a fantastic charity that understands and supports people with depression and mental health issues.

In my spare time, I enjoy swimming and taking sunshine holidays. I have a Scottish terrier called Lulu who has 3 legs following a road traffic accident - whilst chasing a cat. I can be seen walking with Lulu in her doggy pram as she is now 11 years and not as mobile.

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Margaret McCrossan

Margaret McCrossan

Community and Events Fundraising Officer

Margaret is our Community Fundraiser and works with fundraising teams particularly in the North West of the province. Margaret works closely alongside the Omagh AWARE Committee who have organized some extremely successful fundraising events to date.

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Education and Training

Cassie Riggs

Cassie Riggs

Project Officer

Cassie is the Project Officer for the Feel Good Project, working with Travellers Support Groups throughout Northern Ireland to improve the mental wellbeing of the Traveller Community. Cassie is based in the Derry Office and can be contacted at the following email address and telephone number.

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Catherine McColgan

Catherine McColgan

Education and Training Officer

Catherine joined AWARE in early 2015 as a sessional trainer and later in the year became the full time Education and Training Officer based in the Derry/Londonderry Office.

Catherine delivers training programmes such as Mood Matters and Living Life to The Full. She and has over 20 years experience in working with a wide variety of statutory and non-statutory organisations and has a particular interest in young people’s mental health.

Catherine enjoys spending time with her family and friends in Donegal and walking.

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Marina Cully

Marina Cully

Education and Training Officer
Marina is the education and training officer for AWARE and the lead on the Parent & baby project. Marina joined AWARE in 2013, having previously been a self-employed trainer and business owner. With a background in HR, personal development training and small business management, Marina has a passion for mental health and well being and has been a practicing holistic therapist since 2006.
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Support Services

Caroline McLoughlin

Caroline McLoughlin

Support Services Officer

Caroline is a passionate advocate for improving mental health and emotional wellbeing. She currently works with Support Services and manages a large team of volunteers who deliver services across NI.  Before joining the staff team Caroline was involved with AWARE for over 12 years as a support services volunteer, Board member and company secretary.  

Caroline is also a qualified counsellor/ integrative therapist and she is a member of BACP. As well as her connection with the voluntary and community sector, Caroline’s experience of public and private sectors include a wide and varied career with HMRC and links with family business. 

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Cherry Cantrell

Cherry Cantrell

Support Services Officer

Cherry is the Support Services Officer in the Belfast Office at AWARE. She co-ordinates support groups and manages the recruitment and supervision of volunteers in her area. She also organises public and outreach events and manages AWARE's support calls and support mail. Cherry used to volunteer for AWARE as a support group facilitator for three years before coming onto staff in October 2014.  Her background is in adult and community education. 

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Administration

Carole Coupe

Carole Coupe

PA to the Chief Executive/Administrator

Carole has been working for AWARE since October 2010 and helps out the Education & Training department. She helps to organise the training programmes, from advertising the courses, taking in the applications to evaluating the forms that the participants fill in. Carole also looks after the day to day duties of the office as well as being PA to the CEO.

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Linda Wade

Linda Wade

Admin & Finance Assistant
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AWARE is the depression charity for Northern Ireland and the only charity working exclusively for those with depression and bipolar disorder.

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