LIBS presents Pressure, Performance & Resilience – Perspectives on Positive Mental Health in partnership with H&MV Engineering

LIBS are proud to announce our next event which will take place on 14th November 2018 at 18:30 in the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, W1G 0AE

Registration for this event will open on 29th October 2018 at 11:00. All members shall be emailed at this time with a link to register. As always we expect our event to be very popular so please keep an eye on your inbox.

With thanks to H&MV Engineering for their generous support

Event overview:

According to the Office of National Statistics, 137 million working days were lost to sick leave in the UK in 2016. The cost of “Presenteeism” – where employees attend work whilst ill and do not work efficiently – has also risen sharply in recent years. Recent evidence suggests that 1 in 7 people in the workplace experience mental health problems, principally related to stress, motivation and energy.

Businesses regularly look towards elite sport and the military for lessons in developing competitive advantages. On the topic of mental health and performance however, there is still a long way to go for the corporate world to effectively make use of the tools and techniques which sporting and military leaders use to improve performance and realise potential.

LIBS in association with the H&MV Engineering invite you to join us to hear the perspectives from these areas on how they approach performing under pressure, realising potential and developing resilience to overcome times of adversity.

Introducing our panel

Moderated by Michael Comyn - Business Coach, Trainer & Broadcaster

Michael Comyn is a business coach, trainer, broadcaster and scriptwriter with international experience of over 30 years of informing, entertaining and energising audiences. 

Michael is the founder of The Fearless Organisation, formed with the purpose of removing stress from everyday situations and generating a stronger value of work life balance. He is a frequent public speaker, panel member and contributor on work place stress and resilience. He is also a regular radio broadcaster and presents The Lead of Faith on RTE Radio 1 in Ireland.

Brent Pope

Brent Pope is a rugby television analyst, rugby journalist, charity worker, author and businessman. After a distinguished playing career in his native New Zealand, Pope eventually settled in Ireland where he coached both St Mary’s RFC and Clontarf RFC to several national titles.

He has worked at RTÉ sport for over two decades as one of the leading analysts of the game, and in 2018 released a book entitled “Win”, which he co-wrote with Jason Brennan on the topic of mental health in sport. Brent is also a successful businessman, the curator of a popular art gallery for mental health artists called “The Outside in Art Gallery” and is involved with several charities in this area.

Yvonne Kearney MIACP

Yvonne Kearney MIACP is a professional soldier in the IrishDefence Forces with over 20 years’ military experience encompassing service at home and on United Nations Peacekeeping missions overseas.  She is a qualified psychotherapist (MIACP) and graduated with distinction from a master’s programme in Personal and Business Coaching at UCC.

She is currently actively engaged in a change management process in the Defence Forces as a subject matter expert on coaching in the context of leadership development.  In her military service as a soldier, Yvonne has experienced that mental strength and success result from disciplined thinking and action.

Ciaran Deely is Manager of the London Gaelic football team, and Sports Scientist at QRP FC. Ciaran previously played for the Wexford Senior Gaelic Football team.


Prior to his current position, Ciaran was Fitness Coach to Kerala Blasters FC first team in the Indian Super League, Sport Scientist in QPR FC Academy, Development Officer for Dublin GAA, and founded & set up Deely Sport Science in 2007 at the age of 24.