Inspire's senior management team is made up of professionals from a variety of private, public and community/voluntary sector backgrounds.
Peter McBride is the Chief Executive of Inspire. Inspire is one of the largest social enterprises on the island of Ireland, providing services North and South, as well as in Great Britain. Inspire provides a range of mental health, intellectual/learning disability services and addiction services delivered in the community and the workplace and in a variety of specialist settings. Peter joined Inspire in 2001 as the Managing Director of Carecall (the former name of our Workplaces, Students and Knowledge & Leadership services). Over the subsequent years Peter grew Carecall’s workplace services to make it one of the largest providers of workplace EAP services on the island and more recently expanded these services to the rest of the UK. Since 2010 Peter has been the Chief Executive of the Inspire family and in that time the family has more than doubled in size, expanding services both geographically and in scope. Peter has degrees in Science and Divinity and at Masters Level in Social Work, alongside further qualifications and experience in the fields of business management, counselling and the management of psychological trauma. Peter is a Trustee of the National Charity, BBC Children in Need, in which he chairs the Nomination Committee and the Grants Committee. He is a Trustee of NICVA where he serves as Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Resources and Audit Committee. Peter has also been involved for over 20 years in the Victims and Survivors Sector in Northern Ireland and has played a leading role in the development of leadership within civil society and its response to political and social progress in Northern Ireland. Peter is Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Linda joined Inspire in April 2012, prior to this she has worked mainly in the private sector in human resources director positions. Her previous experience has been with large multi-national companies in airport management, facilities management, energy sector and aerospace engineering. Linda has also held the position of Director of Personnel for the National Museums & Galleries of Northern Ireland. Starting out in manufacturing and engineering, Linda has built up over twenty years of experience in organisational development and raising business performance through best practice in people management, and is strongly committed to improving employee engagement as a key strategic enabler. She draws from her experience in the USA and Europe, as well as best practice here in the UK and Ireland which has included developing leadership competencies in senior management teams, building organisational performance capability, and leading cultural change. Linda has a special interest in employment law and sits as a panel member on fair employment and industrial tribunals. She is a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and holds a master’s degree, BSc (Hons) degree, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from Ulster University.
Billy studied psychology at the Ulster University then began his career with Extern in 1986 where he worked in various projects. He qualified in social work in 1991 and initially worked for Barnardos. In 1992 he took up post as a social worker working with older people in South and East Belfast Trust. He moved on to become a senior social worker, care manager then the senior care manager. In 2002 he became Programme Planner for Mental Health Services in South and East Belfast Trust and when the Belfast Trust was formed in 2007 he became part of the senior management team for mental health as a service development manager. This work involved the modernisation of the Trust’s mental health services. He has continually addressed his own development needs obtaining relevant qualifications throughout his career: Practice Teaching Award (1994); Approved Social Work Award (1998); Diploma in Health Service Management (2006) and the Advanced Award in Social Work (2009). Billy is married and has 3 children. He enjoys many sports including martial arts (he holds a fourth-dan black belt in tai jutsu), motocross, mountain biking and running.
Margaret commenced her career with the Eastern Health and Social Services Board by undertaking nurse training in learning disabilities studies. She then worked in registered residential care before taking a break from nursing due to family commitments and worked in services in 1989, completing a BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies with Royal College of Nursing qualification in 1996 and took up post as a staff nurse, firstly with Northern Health and Social Care Trust and later with Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. Margaret then completed an MSc with Health and Social Services Management Specialism and a Certificate in Learning Disability Studies in 1997. Since qualifying in 1996, Margaret has worked in a variety of senior posts within the community, voluntary and statutory sectors. These include Director of Support Services for Triangle Housing Association, Regional Health and Social Services Supporting People Professional Advisor for the Health and Social Care Board and Service Manager for Learning Disability Services for Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. She enjoys hill walking, swimming, travelling and working with children and young people in various youth groups and within her church.
Nuala joined Inspire in May 2014. From a strong marketing and business development background, she started her career in the private sector working in the international Irish linen export industry. With a focus on business growth and brand development Nuala worked with leading retailers and designers such as Marks & Spencer, Next, Laura Ashley, John Rocha and Gap. In 1999, after nearly ten years in the private sector, she joined Laganside Corporation to manage marketing, events and engagement where, working with local, national and international stakeholders she delivered events such as the Millennium new year’s eve celebrations in Belfast, Red Bull Air and Water and won Belfast City Council’s Arts Partnership Award for work with The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. Moving to the public sector, Nuala was a development manager in local government for nine years managing 10 strategic business units and multi million pound capital projects before taking up her position as Director of Development in Simon Community NI in 2011. Nuala studied business and modern languages at Queen’s University Belfast, going on to complete a postgraduate course in European business studies. In 2008 she became a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing where she also holds chartered marketer status.
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