Prof. Hugh McKennaChair of the Inspire Board
Prof Hugh McKenna, is Professor and Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation. He qualified as a mental health nurse in 1975 and worked as a volunteer counsellor in Inspire (at that time known as Inspire ) in the early 1980s. He has held positions at clinical and managerial level. He has over 200 publications including 10 books and over £4million in grants, mainly in the field of mental health care. He has supervised 16 PhD students to successful completion; again many of the projects relate to mental health. He is an editor of ‘international journal of nursing studies’ and has many prestigious awards for his work including Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing (FRCN), Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing (FEAN) and Fellow of the Faculty of Nursing, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, (FRCSI). In 2008 the Queen made him a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his work on health and community. He also holds a number of non-executive positions the public, voluntary and private sectors. In 2009 he was awarded the University’s Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship and was made a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) – only the third nurse in Europe to be given this honour. More recently, he is a non-executive member of the Patient and Client Council which acts as a voice for patients in health care, where he chaired the Bamford Monitoring Group for mental health and learning disability. His interests lie in mental health recovery, self-harm and suicide prevention.