At the outset (in May 1999) the Men's Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) primarily drew support from a broad alliance of interest groups based in Northern Ireland.Â However, it soon recognised that men's health work needs to be tackled on an all-island basis, and efforts were made to expand the representation.Â This was successful and, since that time, MHFI has remained a cross-Border body.
The management of MHFI is overseen by the Company Directors, while a wider Advisory Group (the Directors plus other experienced men's health practitioners / service providers / researchers) is tasked with helping to shape and steer the work of the Forum.Â All members of the Advisory Group give their input to MHFI in an unpaid and private capacity.Â While many are allowed to contribute due to the good-will of their employers, these individuals do not participate as representatives of the organisations that they work for.
Members are drawn from across the island of Ireland, and the Advisory Group is, currently, comprised of ...
Lorcan Brennan - Training and Resource Development Manager, Men's Development Network, Waterford
Jim Curran - Director of Strategy and Operations, Irish Pharmacy Union
Martin Dooley - Trainer in Engineering (retired)
Anne Farrell (MHFI Company Secretary) - Health Promotion Executive, CIE Group
Helen Forristal - Director of Nursing Services, Marie Keating Foundation
Martin Gillick - Employee Wellbeing Manager, Bus Ăireann
Michael Lynch (MHFI Chairperson) - Director of Services and Development, Men's Action Network, Derry / Londonderry
Michael McKenna - Team Leader, Working with Young Men, YouthAction Northern Ireland
Michael McKeon (MHFI Treasurer) - Nursing Lecturer,Â Dublin City University
Sonia Montgomery - Suicide Prevention and Emotional Health and Wellbeing, Western Health and Social Care Trust
Finian Murray - Senior Menâs Health Development Officer, Health Service Executive, Co. Meath
Shane O'Donnell - Health Promotion Officer, Health Service Executive, Co. Kildare
Roger O'Sullivan - Director of Ageing Research and Development, Institute of Public Health in Ireland
Gillian Prue - Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast
Noel Richardson - Director, National Centre for Men's Health, South East Technological University
James Vincent - IT / Cybersecurity Analyst