Bill has been a Director and Board member of CBM Ireland since 2011. In October 2016, he became CBM Ireland’s representative on the Supervisory Assembly. He is also a Board member of Power4Good - an Irish NGO supporting services to persons with disabilities in Zambia and Malawi. He is an associate member of Concentric Alliance, a Johannesburg based consultancy specialising in public policy issues and in mediation. He serves on the Irish Committee of the Washington Ireland Program (WIP), a leadership mentoring programme for undergraduates at Universities in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Bill served as a member of Ireland’s diplomatic service for over 30 years. He was Irish ambassador to Tanzania, Lesotho, Zambia and Namibia at various times during his diplomatic career. He participated at many international conferences, including the UN Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC); the UN Conference on Science and Technology for Development (UNCSTED, 1979); the UNIDO Plenary Conference in New Delhi (1980); EU Summit meetings and Foreign Affairs Ministerial Councils, 1982-86; African Union, SADC and COMESA conferences, 2001-09. He has also participated in several EU election observation missions in Africa. During the Northern Ireland peace process in the 1990s, he was based at Belfast and played a prominent supporting role in the negotiations.
Bill’s main areas of continuing interest and expertise are: (1) growing the relationship between Europe and developing countries, particularly those of sub-Saharan Africa; (2) improving north south relations on the island of Ireland.