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Ian is executive director of SpunOut.ie, Ireland’s youth information website by young people, for young people. SpunOut.ie aims to empower young people with the information they need to lead active, happy, healthy lives. Over 1.2 million young people used SpunOut.ie in 2018.
Ian is also president of the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), a board member of the Citizens Information Board (CIB) and a board member of the Community Foundation for Ireland. He is a member of the HSE’s Digital Health Service Design Advisory Board, Twitter’s Global ‘Trust & Safety’ Council, the National Advisory Council for Online Safety and the Research Ethics Committee for the ESRI National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland ‘Growing Up in Ireland’.
Ian was previously a member of the National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health, the Governing Body of University College Cork (UCC), and the board of the National College of Art & Design (NCAD).
Ian has a particular interest in the area of juvenile justice and holds an advanced diploma in the subject from the King’s Inn and a professional fellowship in the rule of law from Boston College.
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 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 Oxbridge admissions for the college. ‘Raising Aspirations’ won the Times Education Supplement (TES) award for ‘Outstanding innovation in teaching, training or learning provision’ in 2012.