OUR BOARD

David Smith
Chairperson
David has been involved with Suicide Down to Zero since its creation in 2014. He has served as a board member and chair and brings lived experience as someone who has lost a family member to suicide. He is all too aware of the devastating impact that a death from suicide can have on those who are close friends or family members of the deceased. He was a member of Downpatrick Suicide Prevention Taskgroup up to 2019. Prior to becoming involved in Suicide Down to Zero he worked in further education for almost 30 years. Before his retirement as a senior manager from a college he was responsible, among other things, for pastoral care and safeguarding. David is one of the charity board trustees.
Pat McGreevy
Secretary
Pat is a retired Mental Health Services Improvement Manager. A Mental Health Nurse by background he spent many years of his career in the field of suicide prevention. He is the current Chairperson of Loughinisland Community Association. Pat was involved in bringing the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) programme to Northern Ireland in 2003. He is an ASIST Trainer and a Senior Training Coach with ASIST (Living Works Education). Pat is one of the charity board trustees.
Joe Canavan
Treasurer
Joe retired from the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust in 2017. Prior to retirement Joe worked within the Health Improvement team and this led to him becoming part of the trust's Suicide Prevention team. Joe trains ASIST, Mental Health First Aid and safeTALK. On retirement Joe wanted to continue to use his interest, experience and skills and was delighted to join Suicide Down to Zero.
Alison Carson
Trustee
Alison Carson currently works part-time in Pepper Johns Community/Outreach Centre Downpatrick. Pepper Johns is a focal point for many community activities. Alison has established a ladies group and is the process of setting up a Mens’ Shed. Alison is also on the Board of Governors of one of the local primary schools. Her journey with Suicide Down to Zero is a personal one, having lost a brother to suicide 27 years ago when suicide was a very much a taboo subject. Since then, she has gained more knowledge and understanding by completing the ASSIST course and joining Suicide Down to Zero Board.
Kevin McGuinness
Trustee
Kevin is currently employed by Belfast Health & Social Services Trust. His work as a social worker involves providing care to young people on the edge of care and supporting the families of these young clients Kevin serves on the committee of St Colmans GAC Drumaness and is a member of their Mental Health team which provides outreach to their local community Kevin uses the skills he has learnt in ASIST in his day to day work and within his community. He has also gained experience in supporting people who have developed addiction problems.
Fergus Cooper
Fergus works as a management and media consultant. He is a member of the panel of trained interim directors established by CO3, the chief officers’ association of the voluntary sector. He has led several charities in his career including the Speedwell Trust, Belfast Community Circus, Save the Children (NI) and Headliners. Fergus is also a documentary film maker and media trainer. His documentary: The Quiet Shuffling of Feet explores the issues of conflict related trauma and recovery as seen through the eyes of, David Bolton. Fergus is a member of the National Union of Journalists and is a member of the Board of the Rural Community Network
Jill Gordon
Jill owns Complete Mind Solutions which she describes as the responsible approach to mental health and well-being. She provides a wide range of mental health related training to a variety of organisations, as well as mental health risk assessment and strategy development. She previously worked as a Welfare Officer for 10 years in Northern Ireland Civil Service until 2018. Jill also works with clients on a one-to-one basis to support mental health and recovery, using lived experience and a specialised skillset developed over many years. Her main two passions in terms of supporting others, is suicide prevention and perinatal mental health. She is also a Living Works ASIST trainer, an NLP Practitioner, coach and peer supporter with We are Pangs.
Sarah Jane Campbell