Staff

Our dedicated team is passionate about bringing people together to end the loneliness and isolation of depression. We also rely on the expertise and commitment of our volunteers, trustees, members, friends and group facilitators across the country, without whom our vital work would not be possible.


Emer O'Neill - Chief Executive

Emer O'Neill is Depression Alliance's Chief Executive. She has over twenty years' experience of working in mental wellbeing services. After qualifying as a social worker in 1990, she spent many years working with homeless people with mental health problems. She developed a strong interest in employment issues and mental health and set up and developed 'Resource for mental health' an award winning project in Berkshire for 7 years. Before starting with Depression Alliance she was managing mental health services in Bracknell, Berkshire and was employed by the Berkshire Health Care Trust. She is a passionate about developing services that promote recovery for people who experience mental health issues. Her career has spanned years of working in the voluntary sector, and the statutory health and social services.

Michael Beaven - Finance Coordinator

Michael Beaven does not conform to the stereotype of the boring finance manager. OK, he's lived in Berkshire for all but a brief spell at university. OK, he's always been a number cruncher, but as a voluntary sector activist since the Eighties and his work has taken him on visits from Albania to the Yemen. From 2000, he worked as Finance Director of a local mental health charity. Lately he‘s been part-time at Depression Alliance since 2007, while working with the local authority in Windsor and Maidenhead. He's also found time to co-found and run Our Community Enterprise, which helps charities like Depression Alliance with strategy and fundraising.

Erin Keohan - Digital Manager

Erin is the Digital Manager for Friends in Need and Depression Alliance. Her digital experience stems from a degree in Multimedia Technology and Design at Brunel University. Since then she has managed digital projects for a wide range of companies; this is her first position within the charity sector. Erin has always had a strong interest in mental health due to experiences in her own family. She is passionate about anything digital, social media and web related and has also worked as a freelance photographer.