Shine appoints Nicola Byrne as new CEO

CEO of Shine, Nicola Byrne

Shine, a national organisation providing information and support to people and their families with self-experience of mental ill health, today announced the appointment of Nicola Byrne as the new Chief Executive Officer of Shine. Nicola succeeds John Saunders, who retired from his position as CEO earlier this year following 20 years’ service with Shine.  Nicola will take up the role on 1st November 2021.

A registered social worker and an experienced leader, Nicola has worked in both the statutory and voluntary sectors for more than 25 years.  Nicola is passionate about improving the experience and quality of life for those affected by mental ill health. She has managed and delivered services across the country with an ethos of placing service users and their supporters at the centre. She has achieved this by focussing on embedding quality services through evidence, collaboration and enabling innovation to improve staff and service users’ experiences. Nicola’s most recent position was to set up a Programme Management Office in the HSE to enable the delivery of service improvement and sustainable change, transforming how services are delivered. She is also a current serving Board Member of the Mental Health Commission.

Mark Synnott, Chairperson of the Board of Shine says: “The Board of Directors is delighted to have appointed Nicola Byrne as the new CEO of Shine. Nicola brings a wealth of experience and understanding of the impact of mental ill health on our service users and their families.  Shine’s beginnings were driven by giving a voice to service users and their families we look forward to working with Nicola in continuing to provide our services to those affected by mental ill health and their families”

Commenting on her appointment, Nicola says “It is a privilege to be entrusted with this important role; to focus on the voice and needs of people experiencing mental ill health and their supporters. I look forward to advancing our vision of an Ireland where everyone affected by mental health difficulties has the right to recovery and the opportunity to achieve the best quality of life. Our staff have shown flexibility, innovation and commitment and I feel privileged to lead this organisation into its next phase of development

Shine continues to work in line with their strategic plan, Making Change Happen, and are committed to developing innovative services to support all those affected by mental ill health, especially when faced with the challenges during and post the pandemic.



Ciara Corcoran, Communications Officer, Shine 086 605 4909 or


EUFAMI Press Statement to mark World Mental Health Day 2021

Dear Members of EUFAMI,

In view of World Mental Health Day 2021, EUFAMI has released a press statement on the “Value of Caring” survey, which was undertaken by EUFAMI in collaboration with LSE in order to obtain credible evidence on the economic contribution of family carers of persons with severe mental ill health.

To access EUFAMI’s press statement, please visit EUFAMI’s website here.

For the full report on the Value of Caring, key links on the findings and recommendations of the survey in five different languages (English, French, Spanish, Dutch and Finnish), please see here.

For information on World Mental Health Day please visit:

We deem the statement on this survey and the survey itself to be of utmost importance and that is passed on to as many contacts and organisations as possible, thus your help in doing so will be very much appreciated.

Please find the full EUFAMI Statement here.

Kindest Regards

EUFAMI – Value of Caring Report Dissemination Schedule

Dear Members of EUFAMI,

Following World Mental Health Day and of events and campaigns taking place throughout the month of October and onwards, we are pleased to share with you our dissemination plan for the Value of Caring Research and Report.

EUFAMI, in collaboration with the Department of Health Policy of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) have completed the 2-year research study on the ‘Value of Caring’ and the resources are now publicly available.

EUFAMI will take place the following steps to officially publicise and disseminate the report and findings:

1)     Upload report on the EUFAMI website and post on social media/direct social media to the webpage for information –  commencement 8th October 2021

2)    Upload press statement on the EUFAMI website and post on social media/direct social media to the webpage for information. This will include quotes of Acting President Mr. Andre Decraene, Treasurer Mr. Kevin Jones and Executive Director Mr. John Saunders – 8th October 2021

3)    Distribution to all EUFAMI member organisations – member organisations will be kindly asked to share the news and document onto their own social media platforms (website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc) – commencement 8th October 2021

4)    A series of 1-2 minute videos will be produced on aspect of the report by members of the Board of EUFAMI and also project collaborators, which will then be released to social media between October-December 2021 – commencement 8th October 2021

Please find a link to the report here