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.
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.
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.
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.
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 organised some extremely successful fundraising events to date.
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.
Bridie had been volunteering for AWARE as a support group facilitator for over two years from 2017. She felt passionate about the work that we do here and has since joined the fundraising team as the Corporate Fundraising Officer in Derry/Londonderry.
Outside of work Bridie enjoys hiking, photography and spending time with family and friends.
Lisa joined AWARE in November 2019 having previously worked as a Corporate Account Manager with more than 20 years of experience working in sales and key account management roles. Her role with AWARE focuses on supporting our corporate clients - to engage them in our training programmes and to help them extend their fundraising efforts for AWARE.
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.
Sharon is an Education and Training Officer with AWARE NI. She has previously worked as a Lecturer in Further Education and in various Learning Support roles for over 20 years. She has achieved a Masters qualification in Education and is a trained Life Coach. Sharon is presently organising and delivering Mood Matters Parent and Baby, Youth, Adult and Workplace programmes. She is also organising mindfulness programmes for adults and Primary School children. She has a passion for developing resilience and good mental health strategies in all sectors of society.
Caroline is a passionate advocate for improving mental health and emotional wellbeing. She currently manages a large team of volunteers who deliver services across NI and she oversees and coordinates the delivery of support groups and public and outreach events. Caroline is also responsible for support calls and support mail. Before joining the staff team Caroline was involved with AWARE for over 12 years as a group facilitator, 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.
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.
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.
Linda began working for AWARE in 2017. She is responsible for helping the Education and Training team organise their training programmes, as well as helping out with the daily Finance and HR duties of the organisation.
In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and keeping fit.