My extensive experience in the field of safeguarding children has been gathered over almost forty years. I have held the post of Chief Executive Officer for the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland since its creation in 2007. Prior to this, I worked within the Department of Health, Social Services, and Public Safety in the Social Services Inspectorate in Northern Ireland as lead advisor on child protection. In that role, I led on the reform of the statutory child protection services and the implementation of a new structure for the delivery of these services. I have also held the post of Director for the NSPCC in Northern Ireland with additional national responsibility for the development of an electronic children’s data base transforming the NSPCC into a “paperless” organisation in respect of its work with children and families. I have carried out two child death inquiries in Northern Ireland and in England. I have also worked as a child protection social worker in both statutory and voluntary organisations with over twenty years of practice and frontline management experience. I can also provide professional supervision and support to practitioners in the field of safeguarding children.

Throughout my professional life I have gathered a reputation for integrity, fairness, high professional standards, and a commitment to the effective safeguarding of children, often in very challenging circumstances.

Since establishing my consultancy service, I have worked on contracts in Australia, India, the Republic of Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

Qualifications & Awards

Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1970, Trinity College, Dublin

Master of Science in Applied Social Studies,1976, University of Ulster

Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, 1976

Diploma in Management and Leadership, 1983, Queen’s University, Belfast

Certificate in Advanced Social Work, 1983

Masters in Business Administration, 1996, Open University Business School

Research Scholarship to Vermont Social Services 2006

Registered Social Worker N.I.S.C.C. no.1002698