In 2012/2013 as a pilot project funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, five schools in Northern Ireland took part in YPI. Over the course of the next three years, this funding enabled YPI to extend into 15 schools across the Province.

At the end of 2015, two investors came onboard with the aim to continue and grow YPI in Northern Ireland. As part of this strategic development, a local board of experienced trustees has been formed to establish YPI NI as a local charitable organisation based in Northern Ireland.

Board Members

Neil McKibben
Neil McKibbenBoard Member
Neil owns and manages Mercedes dealerships for Trucks and Vans in Northern Ireland and the South East of England. He has a background in Banking and Accountancy. He is married and has one daughter, who introduced him to the concept of YPI through her involvement as a finalist in her local school two years ago. Neil has a 30 year involvement as an officer in his local Boy’s Brigade, is a keen golfer and is a fervent follower of Ulster Rugby.
Tracy Bell
Tracy BellBoard Member
Tracy Bell is the Office Manager for Giving Northern Ireland.  She was the former Project Coordinator of the successful Access to Benefits Project within Northern Ireland from 2007-2012, which aimed to maximise the benefit entitlement for older people in Northern Ireland.

Tracy was a non-executive director on the board for MACS, which is a charity which works with young adults from 16-25 years of age, which have had a raw deal.  She held the position of Chair from 2012-2014.

Tracy is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is currently studying for a BA PD Leadership and Management Degree.

Dr Darrin Barr
Dr Darrin BarrBoard Member
Dr Darrin Barr attended Ballymena Academy and studied Chemistry at the Queen’s University Belfast. He completed a PhD in Organic Chemistry, also at Queen’s, before working for Galen Pharmaceuticals as a Production Manager.

In the early nineties he completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and began his teaching career at Victoria College Belfast. During his time at Victoria College he was promoted to ICT Coordinator, Senior Teacher, Vice Principal and Deputy Head and was also the Acting Principal for 8 months.

In 2010 he was appointed to the post of  Principal of Bloomfield Collegiate, a girls’ grammar school in East Belfast.

He has been married to Judy for nearly 30 years and together they have brought up 4 children, Becky, Sarah, David and Leah. Sarah died in her early-teens of cancer. Darrin enjoys walking, caravanning, gardening, cooking and reading crime novels. He also attends Belfast City Vineyard Church.

Sean Rafferty
Sean RaffertyBoard Member
Sean Rafferty has been Principal of St Louis’ Grammar School, Ballymena since 2011.

St Louis’ caters for 1000 Catholic boys and girls from 11 – 18 years within a 15 mile hinterland of Ballymena.

Mr Rafferty has previously been Principal of two other Post Primary schools in Kilrea and Cookstown.

St Louis’ was one of the first schools to run YPI in NI and has seen the development of the scheme grow over the past 3 years.