Will worked in the NI Civil Service from 1980-2015, originally focusing on economic development, Fair Employment and anti-discrimination legislation, as well as being seconded to Brussels to work on the ESF and ERDF. With devolution, Will moved to OFMDFM, worked on the Programme for Government and became a Permanent Secretary. He went on to lead work in the Departments of Employment and Learning, Education and from 2010 to 2015 led the DSD. On retirement, he chaired the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.

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