Organising Committee

Andrew Bennett

Independent public health practitioner, UK

Andrew has been involved in nightlife related issues for many years participating in local nightlife strategic planning; developed campaigns utilising social marketing approaches; providing training and conducting research. His current work includes adverse childhood experiences, alcohol and behaviour change training and research.

Andrew spoke at the first Club Health conference and has attended many more. Along with host country colleagues, he has organised recent Club Health conferences in Prague, San Francisco and Lisbon.

Occasionally, Andrew takes to the stage as a member of a funk and soul band.

Chris Luke

Cork University Hospital and the Mercy University Hospital Cork, Ireland

Chris is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Cork University Hospital and the Mercy University Hospital, Cork, Ireland. Chris’s special interests include improving the organisation of emergency healthcare and medical education; public health policy; and the healthcare implications of modern urban life – from violence to homelessness, substance and alcohol misuse.

‘Nightclub Medicine’ is a particular interest since he collaborated with Cream, the Liverpool superclub, to successfully enhance the safety of that venue for clubbers.

Chris was a founder member of “Club Cork”, a multi-agency course in customer care and safety undertaken in licensed premises throughout Ireland’s second city.

Sarah Morton

School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice in University College Dublin, Ireland strong>

Sarah Morton is Director of the Community Partnership Drugs Programme in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice in University College Dublin. She holds a Ph.D from the Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice, University of Bath

Dr Morton has extensive experience in policy, practice and outcome evaluation in relation to addressing complex social issues including drug and alcohol use.

In recent years, she has focused on the interplay of violence and substance use and on innovation in substance use interventions for indivi­duals, families and communities.

Karl O’Brien

Ballymun Youth Action Project, Ireland

Karl is a community addiction counsellor based in the Ballymun Youth Action Project, Ballymun, Dublin.

He is an accredited member of Addiction Counsellors of Ireland. Karl has over 14 years’ experience delivering substance use interventions within communities in Dublin.

In his role he is engaged in a number of networks, where community, voluntary and statutory services are working together to improve public health interventions within the addiction field.

He has particular interest in understanding change processes, for individuals and within groups.

Karl is actively involved in sport in his local community and has integrated the role of sport and mentoring into many responses in his work to date.

Siobán O’Brien Green

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Siobán O’Brien Green has worked in government agencies and the non-profit, research and academic sectors on topics including: sexual and reproductive health; addiction and substance use; gender equality; FGM: gender based violence and intimate partner violence.

Siobán holds a Masters degree from University College Dublin in Social Policy. In 2015 Siobán was awarded an Ussher Postgraduate PhD Fellowship by Trinity College Dublin and is currently researching domestic violence and pregnancy.

Siobán has attended and presented at previous international Club Health conferences and is delighted that the conference will be in her home town, Dublin, in 2017.

Laura O’Reilly

Ballymun Youth Action Project, Ireland

Laura is the Co-ordinator of Urrús Addiction Training Centre, Ballymun Youth Action Project.  She holds a Ph.D from the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin. 

She has worked in the drug and alcohol sector for a number of years in policy and practice contexts and has significant experience in the co-ordination and delivery of education, training and rehabilitation services.  In recent years her work has focused on the progression pathways of substance users into education and employment, as well as the capacity building of practitioners and communities to respond effectively to drug issues. 

Laura’s research interests include; issues related to stigma, identity and drug use; drug using initiation pathways and later adolescent and adult experiences of drug use, drug treatment and rehabilitation.

James Redmond

Freelance Digital Media Specialist

James specialises in project management, creative digital communications, marketing and design. He put together the website for the conference and continues to maintain it.

He is currently putting the finishing touches on  a documentary called Notes On Rave In Dublin directed for Dublin Community Television and funded through the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

His skills in marketing and communications have benefited community and activist organisations such as Comhlamh, Uplift, Dublin Community TV, Claiming Our Future, Pavee Point, Comhuludar, Dublin Council Community Forum, Mandate, SIPTU, Seomra Spraoi, Exchange House, Aontas and Phizfest.

He’s using his skill set and interest in club cultures to provide infrastructural support to the Club Health conference.