First Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland

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Mr. Odhrán Allen has been appointed as first Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI), following an extensive recruitment campaign.

He took up his five year appointment in August. He qualified as an occupational therapist in 1997 and since then has worked in a range of mental health and psychosocial settings including St John of God Hospital, St Vincent’s University Hospital and the HSE Gay Men’s Health Service. Between 2004 – 2006 he worked as Education Officer with AOTI where he oversaw the development of AOTI’s first CPD system for members and led on the therapy professions’ negotiation strategy at the National Implementation Group on Clinical Placements. From 2006 – 2017 Odhrán was Director of Mental Health with GLEN, where he oversaw a national LGBT mental health promotion and suicide prevention programme in partnership with the HSE and the National Office for Suicide Prevention. Most recently, he has been the Chief Strategy Officer with AOTI.