William FitzpatrickChair of the Inspire Board
Mr William Fitzpatrick was appointed in June 2020, to succeed Professor Hugh McKenna, CBE, who retired as Chairman of Inspire after serving 11 years on the Board, six as Chairman. William joined the Board in 2015, having worked alongside and supported Inspire for a number of years before that. He has served on and is Chair of a number of Board Committees and is also a director of our board in Ireland. A Chartered Accountant, William heads up CCS Training, which operates third level colleges, including PCI College and the Iron Mill College which, in partnership with Middlesex University and the University of Worcester respectively, provide certificates, diplomas, primary degrees, and masters degrees in counselling, psychotherapy and addiction counselling. PCI College also works with Inspire to grow the number of accredited counsellors and psychotherapists in Northern Ireland. William is involved in a number of other charities, including the Newforge Taggers Tag Rugby Club, where he is the Honorary Auditor, which was the first club of its type in Ireland to provide children and young adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to play tag rugby. Originally from Tipperary, William lives in Holywood with his wife Jacqueline and has two daughters Meadhbh and Aoife, who both work in London. A keen golfer, William is a past Captain of The Royal Belfast Golf Club, Ireland’s oldest golf club, where Inspire was his charity of the year.