Bachelor of Medicine, BCh, Bachelor of the Arts of Obstetrics, Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1978. Doctor of Letters (honorary), University East London, 2008. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, 2009.
Junior house officer Lagan Valley Hospital, Lisburn, Northern Ireland, 1978-1979. Senior house officer Belfast City Hospital, 1979-1980, senior registrar in psychotherapy, 1983-1987. Registrar Whiteabbey and Holywell Hospitals, Antrim, Northern Ireland, 1980-1981, Shaftesbury Square Hospital, Belfast, 1981-1982, Lissue Child Psychiatry Hospital, Lisburn, 1982-1983.
Registrar Windsor House Belfast City Hospital, 1983. Senior tutor in psychiatry Queens University, Belfast, 1983-1987. Consultant psychotherapist Albertbridge Road Day Hospital, 1988-1991, consultant psychotherapist Belfast Center for Psychotherapy, since 1991.
Director Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations, 1990-1995. Executive medical director South and East Belfast Health and Social Services Trust, 1994-1997. From honorary lecturer to honorary senior lecturer Queens University of Belfast, 1990-1999.
Honorary professor Faculty Medicine University San Marcos, Lima, Peru, since 1999. Visiting professor department psychiatry University Virginia, since 2006, president ARTIS(Europe), since 2008.
Vice chairman Alliance Party Northern Ireland, 1987, party leader, 1987-1998, leader Alliance delegate to British-Irish negotiations on future Northern Ireland, 1991-1998. Leader Alliance delegate at Forum for Peace and Reconciliation, Dublin Castle, 1994-1996. Led Alliance delegate to All-Party Talks on future of Northern Ireland, 1996-1998.
Elected to Northern Ireland Forum, 1996-1998. Westminster candidate for Parliament, 1987, 92. Councillor, City of Belfast, 1989-1997.
Member executive committee European Liberal Democratic and Reform Party, Brussels, 1987-1993, member central council, 1993-2003, treasurer, 1995-1999, vice president, 1999-2003. Vice president Liberal International, 1991-1999, chairman human rights committee, 1999-2005, deputy president 2000-2005, president 2005-2009. Appointed member House of Lords, 1996.
Elected to Northern Ireland Assembly, 1998-2003, speaker, 1998-2004. Member International Monitoring Commission, since 2003. Member Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group on Respect and Understanding, 2006-2007.
Chairman World Federation Scientists, since 2007. Joint chairman Critical Incidents Analysis Group, University Virginia, since 2007. Fellow: Ulster Medical Society, British Psychoanalytical Society (honorary), Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (honorary), Royal College of Psychiatrists (honorary).
Member: Northern Ireland Institute Human Relations (patron), Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Peruvian Psychiatric. Association (honorary), British Medical Association, Ulster Reform Club (Belfast), National Liberal Club (London) (trustee).
Married Joan Margaret Hill, July 30, 1977. Children: Stephen, Peter, Anna.