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Ian is CEO of Community Creations, the not-for-profit company behind the award-winning SpunOut.ie and Crisis Text Line Ireland. SpunOut.ie is Ireland's youth wellbeing information website by young people, for young people with over 1.6 million young people using SpunOut.ie resources in 2019. Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7, anonymous messaging service for young people in mental health crisis.
Ian is also a board member of the Citizens Information Board (CIB), and a board member of the Community Foundation for Ireland. Ian is also a regular contributor on Today FM, Newstalk, Spin1038, iRadio and Beat102103.
Ian is a current member of a number of advisory boards, including;
- The National Advisory Council for Online Safety,
- Twitter’s ‘Trust & Safety’ Council,
- Facebook's Suicide & Self-injury Advisory Committee,
- Bank of Ireland's Customer Advisory Council,
- Social Innovation Fund Ireland's Youth Funds Advisory Committee,
- The Research Ethics Committee for the ESRI National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland - 'Growing Up in Ireland'.
Ian was previously;
- president of the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) from 2015-2019,
- a member of the National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health (2016-17),
- a member of the Governing Body of University College Cork (UCC) in 2009/10,
- and a member of the board of the National College of Art & Design (NCAD) from 2015 to 2018.
Ian has a particular interest in the area of juvenile justice and holds an advanced diploma in the subject from the King's Inn, a professional fellowship in the rule of law from Boston College, and a Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors (Dip IoD).
Before moving back to Ireland to join the SpunOut.ie team, Ian worked at a sixth form college in Hackney London where he established ‘Raising Aspirations’; a programme to increase the progression of young people from socially excluded and under-represented backgrounds into good universities. The programme went on to increase Russell Group progression from the college by over 400%, while five students participating in the programme secured Oxbridge places, the first ever Oxbridge admissions for the college. ‘Raising Aspirations’ won the Times Education Supplement's (TES) award for ‘Outstanding innovation in teaching, training or learning provision’ in 2012.