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(New Zealand)



Director of the National Office for Professional Standards of the Catholic Church in New Zealand.

Bill has lived in New Zealand since 2010. He is married with three sons and one grandson. Bill was born in Ireland but his family moved to England when he was a child.

He worked as Chief Executive of St Anne’s Community Services from 1978 to 2002 having founded the organisation in 1971. St Anne’s provides a wide range of housing and social care services across Yorkshire and the North East of England for homeless people, people with mental health, alcohol and drug problems and people with learning disabilities. He was an elected member of Leeds City Council from 1979 to 1992.

Bill served on a number of management boards in the National Health Service from 1978 to 2002 including Chair of the Leeds Community and Mental Health Services NHS Trust from 1992 to 1998 and Chair of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust from 1998 – 2002. Bill served on a number of government advisory bodies on mental health, learning disabilities and social work education.

From 2003 to 2007 he was Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence established by the UK Government to determine what works in social care and to develop policy and practice guidelines.

From 2007 to 2010 he was Chief Executive of St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds.
Bill has a degree in Theology (STL) from the Pontifical Gregorian University Rome and trained in Social Work at the London School of Economics (Post Grad Diploma in Social Administration) and the University of Warwick ( MA in Social Work) and in management at the University of Lancaster (MSc in Management).

He was appointed OBE in the 1992 Honours List, is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University.

Bill has served on, and led, a number of independent inquiries, including inquiries into abuse in institutions. He was a member of a review, led by Baroness Cumberlege, into the protection of children and vulnerable adults in the Catholic Church in England & Wales which in 2007 recommended a restructuring of the Church’s safeguarding arrangements. In 2008 he was appointed as the first chair of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission responsible for setting policies and procedures for the Church and for monitoring compliance by the dioceses and religious orders in England & Wales.