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Siobhán Fitzpatrick to receive honorary degree

Published on: 23/02/2018

We are delighted to update that our Chief Executive, Siobhán Fitzpatrick CBE, is to receive an honorary degree from Queen's University Belfast later this year. 

The award is for distinction in public service. 

Queen's awards honorary degrees to individuals who have achieved high distinction or given significant service in one or more fields of public or professional life, and who serve as ambassadors for the University and Northern Ireland around the world.

Siobhán became Chief Executive of Early Years - the organisation for young children 29 years ago and has built it into the most respected organisation of its kind in the world, developing and implementing best practice in early child development. 

She has done much to develop important projects in conflict zones across the world and in central Europe and Russia. She has addressed the United Nations and is widely regarded as one of the most important thinkers in her field.   Early Years is now one of a very small number of Northern Ireland charities with a truly global influence. 

Maria McDonagh, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Early Years, said “We are all incredibly proud of Siobhán. She is an inspiring leader and a visionary who, in her years at the helm, has transformed Early Years from a small local charity to one of the most influential organisations promoting the interests of children in the world. She is passionate and committed and generations of young people have good reason to be grateful to her” 

Siobhán will be conferred with her honour in the summer.

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