HVNI Board Members

Michael Ryan – Chairperson

My name is Mike. I have been a voice hearer for as long as I can remember but most intensely over the last 15 years or so. I contacted the HVNI about 8 years ago and have remained in some contact since then. I have done a few training sessions with them. I have been going to a HV group for the last while on zoom in Texas in the U.S. and felt inspired to set up a zoom group in Ireland. I believe pier support has been helpful to myself and people in the group. I am humbled to have been given the title Chairperson of HVNI and intend to do the best I can do for the movement around my 9-5 job.

Harry Gijbels – Treasurer

I am a retired mental health nurse and academic with over 40 years of experience in challenging mental health practices and education. I first heard about the hearing voices movement back in the early 90’s. I started attending HV workshops in the late 00’s. In and around 2012 I became involved in organising workshops in Ireland, leading in 2015 to the launch of the Hearing Voices Network Ireland (HVNI). I have been a HVNI board member since that time in various roles.

Ciara McEnteggart – Webmaster

My name is Ciara McEnteggart. I am a psychologist and have been involved with the Hearing Voices Network for many years after attending a training with Jacqui Dillon in 2012 and was a member of the founding committee of HVNI in 2015. I have a passion for creative and alternative perspectives to understanding wellbeing.

Katy Desmond

Hello, my name is Katy, I am a Social Work Team Leader in an adult mental health service. I work in a dialogical and relational way with individuals, families, and networks. I understand mental health care and mental distress through a person centred social model of care, guided by principles of social justice and human rights. I co-facilitate two hearing voices groups per month in West Cork, and have done so for last six years. I am on the committee of the Hearing Voices Network Ireland and on the organising committee of the Irish Intervoice Congress. I value the opportunity to learn from experts by experience and I feel honoured to be in a position where I can continue to listen and learn from voice hearers in West Cork and further afield.

Maura O’Donovan

I am the Recovery Support Worker on the Home Focus Team (National Learning Network) and have been working with Home Focus since its beginnings in 2006. I am motivated by a desire to support people on their individual journey around recovery and what this means to them. I also work with the Open Dialogue Team and I am Hearing Voices Group Facilitator. I co-facilitate two Hearing Voices Groups in West Cork. I became interested in working with people’s experience of voice hearing and the impact on their lives when people began to speak to me and teach me about their experiences. I feel very passionate about the importance of establishing and maintaining support groups. I am delighted to be a member of the HVNI committee. I am also an accredited counsellor, psychotherapist and cross-professional supervisor.

Tian Herbert

Hello I am Tian Herbert and I have worked in disability service in Cork for 20 years. Working with people with intellectual disabilities, physical and sensory disabilities and mental ill health across residential and day services. As a social care working, coordinator and advocate. I am a trained in Mediation, WRAP facilitator, Hearing Voices Facilitation, Advanced Hearing Voices Facilitations, Trauma and Disassociation, and Voice Dialogues. I am currently the Coordinator of SHINE’s resource centre in Cork we are a recovery orientated community mental health service that works with individual and family members of people who experience mental ill health. I am delighted to be a member of the HVNI board.

Eoin Ó Tuama

Survivor of psychiatry for over 25 years, I began hearing voices and seeing visions after third level education. I was sectioned in 1996 for five months and, like most people, had every ‘treatment’ in the book thrown at me. Through survivor/activist groups like IAN, HVN etc. & holistic therapy I was able to recover to a large extent. I still take psychiatric medication and have periodic episodes of voices. I work for the Occupational therapy department of the Donegal Mental Health Services.

Becky Wilkinson

Hi I’m Becky and I started hearing voices after taking medication for tuberculosis. I am now a proud voice hearer and I am doing a masters in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I run an air bnb, and offer reiki and dinner.


Hi, my name is Chris, I have been having voice hearing experiences since I was very young. The experiences have been vastly friendly for me so much so, I call them friends. These friends guarded me from the difficulties I have faced in my life. I became involved with the Hearing Voices community in the summer of 2021 and felt immediately accepted. I hope to help the board and community through my extensive experiences as regards voice hearing.