Staff

MDN CEO

Sean Cooke is the Chief Executive Officer of the Men’s Development Network and has been since October 2018.

As Chief Executive Officer, Sean is responsible for the overall strategic and operational management of the organisation, including full responsibility for staff and budgetary management, implementation of strategy and supporting the board. He is also the official spokesperson for the Men’s Development Network, responsible for external relations and corporate affairs.

The Men’s Development Network is regularly asked by various government departments or agencies to represent Men on advisory or consultative fora and/or at conferences, both national and international, and in these spaces, I advance the policy positions of our organisation.

Sean’s primary degree was in Communications Studies with a Masters in Community Development. He has over 30 years’ experience working in Community and Voluntary sector both at front line and senior management level. Previous experiences included working in Community and Youth Development, Project Management of major community based capital projects and as a local development consultant.

MEND Programme

John Doyle

National Co-ordinator Mend Programme

John Doyle is the National Coordinator of the MDN MEND Programme and responsible for the day to day management of our 6 programmes in Waterford, Wexford, Carlow/Kilkenny, Laois/Offaly, South Tipperary and Kildare.

John has trained as a psychotherapist, specializing in body-based psychotherapy, training initially in Biodynamic Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Gerda Boyesen Centre in London and has completed levels 1 and 11 trainings with Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Boulder, Colorado. He worked in private practice for 10 years. John is an Accredited Member of the National Association for Pastoral Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Since 2006 he has been the Co-ordinator of MEND, currently managing the delivery of 6 CHOICES programmes. In December 2013 the MEND Programme was chosen to represent Ireland in the European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA) Vilnius December 2013. John has presented at conferences nationally and in Europe and was a Board member of “Working with Perpetrators – European Network” for 3 years.

Máirtín Doheny

Area Project Manager and Administrator

Máirtín Doheny – is the Area Project Manager and Administrator for the MDN MEND perpetrator programmes in Waterford, Wexford, Carlow/Kilkenny, Laois/Offaly, South Tipperary and Kildare.

Máirtín’s specialized education and training coupled with years of practical frontline experience supports a large cohort of facilitators, partners, support workers and risk managers that work in the southeast of Ireland.

Máirtín brings transferable skills from past employment, company owner, community development work, volunteering work, sports coaching, coupled with a multi agency approach to this challenging and diverse work in behavior change for men and striving for Better lives for all. Máirtín has a flare and passion for work grounded in mindfulness and psycho education supporting all those around him to achieve their goals.
Máirtín has worked at Men’s Development Network in Waterford for the past 10 years.

Michael Hennessy

Programme Co-ordinator MEND

Michael Hennessy is currently Co-ordinator with the Mend Programme, Michael has held several positions within MDN, NMHP Administrator, Engage National Men’s Health Training Co-ordinator, Company Secretary, Compliance Officer, Campaign and Events Manager.  Michael is working full time with the MDN since 2014, but his involvement stretches back 22 years to 1997. 

Michael has vast experience both from the private and public sector and holds a level 7 Dip. in Youth and Community Work from UCC, National Certificate in Business and People Management from Institute of Leadership and Management. 

Michael also holds a National Certificate in Business Studies, Business Enterprise Development from W.I.T.  Michael is always developing his Continued Professional Development.  He has a logical mind with a practical approach to problem solving. 

Men’s Development Programme

Liam Bolger

National Co-ordinator of Men’s Development Programme

Liam Bolger is the National Coordinator of Men’s Development with the Men’s Development Network working nationally to address issues impacting on men’s lives in areas of Men’s Development, Men’s Health, Domestic Violence, Parenting, Counselling and Interpersonal Relationships.

Liam’s work includes facilitating Men’s Development Groups, Men’s Leadership and Issue Based Programmes, MDN Parent Support Programme MDN’s Annual National Men’s Training and Development Summer School now in its 23rd year. He co-ordinates and facilitates MDN Volunteer Representatives nationally who work in their communities to address issues of concern to men and to progress the work of the Men’s Development Network nationally.

Liam has over thirty years experience in men’s development work, a Higher Diploma in Social Personal and Health Education, a Diploma in Community Education and Project Development and is a Qualified Facilitator in Family, Communication & Self-Esteem, has facilitated the MDN MEND Programme to end violence against women and is currently completing a Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling.

Rose Hearne is a Co-ordinator with the MDN Parent Support Programme.

Rose has over 20 years experience working in the community with a particular focus in the Community Education and Community Development Sector. She holds a Diploma in Training and Development, a BA (Homs) in Community Education and Community Development, a HDip in Social, Personal and Health Education and an MA in Advanced Facilitation for Promoting Health and Well Being.

Rose delivers programmes using innovative and creative approaches engaging participants in experiential learning. Rose has worked with a wide and diverse spectrum of people through delivery of programmes such as Communications, Parent Support Programmes, Management Training and Personal Effectiveness based in the community.

Men’s Health Programme

Lorcan Brennan

National Training and Development Officer

Lorcan Brennan is the Health Coordinator of the MDN National Men’s Health Programme.

Lorcan has almost two decades experience in the work that has included engaging with men, supporting the development of gender sensitive training resources, informing men’s health policy, engaging in research, strengthening men’s health partnerships, facilitating training of trainers, mentoring trainers and facilitating training with frontline service provider nationally.

Through his work at the MDN and through core partnerships Lorcan has particularly focused on informing policy development and practice for engaging and supporting men. This has been achieved through key National Training including the Engage National Men’s Health Training Programme, the Men’s Development Network 7 Key Questions Needs Audit, health presentations in varied settings, health workshops and conferencing nationally/ internationally.

Through his facilitation and Intersectoral committee work nationally Lorcan continues to be involved in supporting key men’s health initiatives focused on cancer prevention, engaging young men and mental health, international Men’s Health Week, Irish Men’s Shed’s – Sheds for Life Programme, Middle Aged Men & Suicide in Ireland and Traveller Men’s health.

Lorcan has been involved in the specific committee work that produced Getting Inside Men’s Health 2004, the National Men’s Health Policy launched in 2009, Engage National Men’s Health Programme Training & Research, and Middle-Aged Men & Suicide in Ireland Report 2018.

Lorcan is an experienced broadcaster and has presented radio programmes highlighting issues impacting on men’s lives through the MDN’s ‘Coming Into View’ radio programme.

Counselling Programme

Anita Furlong

Counselling Service Co-ordinator

Anita Furlong is the Counselling Service Co-ordinator for the MDN Counselling Programme with a BA in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Anita is a qualified, Humanistic and Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist and Gender and Sexual Diversity Therapist and an accredited member of IACP. Anita is also an accredited Employee Assistance Professional with 10 years’ experience working in Employee Assistance Programmes. Anita works as a general and workplace counsellor but also specialises in working with LGBTQI+ people. Anita also provides training seminars and workshops on LGBTQI+ counselling to therapists and has taught a HETAC level 8 Certificate in Sexual Issues in Counselling for the Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Financial

Deborah Corcoran

Financial Administrator

Deborah is the Financial Administrator for Men’s Development Network CLG with a BA in Accounting. She has over fifteen years’ experience working in industry with extensive experience in business management, accounting & bookkeeping. She deals with the financial functioning of the
business.

She is on the Waterford Mental Health Association committee as Deputy Treasurer, Waterford
WRAP Network committee, a volunteer with Waterford Befriending Service and a WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) Facilitator.

Interns

Michael Grace

Intern Men’s Development Programme

Ian Justin

Intern Mend Programme

Gavin Winters

Intern National Men’s Health Programme

Board Members

  • Noel Synnott - Chairperson
  • Joan Bolger - Secretary
  • Peter Kieran - Treasurer
  • Noel Whelan
  • Mia De Foaite
  • Frank Hutchison