Mr. Bill Kilgallon
Director of the National Office for Professional Standards of the Catholic Church in New Zealand
Bill Kilgallon (United Kingdom, currently living in Auckland) is Director of the National Office for Professional Standards of the Catholic Church in New Zealand where he has lived for the last four years. Prior to that he had a long career in social work and health services in the UK.
Bill Kilgallon is Director of the National Office for Professional Standards of the Catholic Church in New Zealand. He moved to New Zealand from the UK at the end of 2010. Bill was born in Ireland but his family moved to England when he was a child. He is married with three sons. He was Chief Executive of St Anne’s Community Services (1978 to 2002), having founded the organisation in 1971 to provide a range of housing and social care services for homeless people, people with mental health, alcohol and drug problems and people with learning disabilities across Yorkshire and the North East of England. Bill served on a number of government advisory bodies on mental health, learning disabilities and social work education. He was an elected councillor on Leeds City Council from 1979- 1992 and was a member of Health Services management boards from 1978 to 2002. From 2003 to 2007 he was Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence established by the UK government to determine what works in social care and to develop policy and practice guidelines. From 2007 to 2010 he was Chief Executive of St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds. Bill has led and served on a number of independent inquiries, including inquiries into abuse in institutions. He was a member of a review into the protection of children and vulnerable adults in the Catholic Church in England and Wales which in 2007 recommended a restructuring of the Church’s safeguarding arrangements. He was appointed in 2008 as the first chair of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission responsible for setting policies and procedures and monitoring compliance by the dioceses and religious orders in England and Wales.