Staff Spotlight – William Hynes
William Hynes is the Managing Director of Future Analytics Consulting (FAC), which he co-founded with Stephen M. Purcell in 2010. During this time the company has grown exponentially to employ 23 staff. He is a Chartered Town Planner, a Chartered Surveyor and economist, with extensive experience in strategic planning and transportation, and a member of the Central Statistics Office (CSO) Expert Group on national and regional population projections.
William’s career commenced as a Project Quantity Surveyor in Healy Kelly Turner Townsend before moving to Dublin Airport, where he spent five years as Airport Planning Manager. He then moved on to become a college lecturer in University College Dublin (UCD), and is still a visiting lecturer in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy. Since founding FAC, he has undertaken a broad range of domestic and international projects, for public and private clients and coordinated a number of EU-funded FP7 and H2020 projects concerned with urban resilience and security. In 2012, William, and FAC, were presented with the President’s Award by President Michael D. Higgins and Enterprise Ireland for successfully coordinating and securing EU Research and Development Funding under the Seventh Framework Programme.
Through his work as a consultant in strategic planning and transportation, William develops and continues to research innovative and integrated approaches to these subject areas. In particular, he is developing a comprehensive thematic approach and methodology for strategic spatial planning through a linking process of land use, transportation and economic planning (with geographical information systems (GIS) being of central importance) that is transparent, integrated and dynamic.
In 1990 he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Science (Construction Economics) from Trinity College Dublin, which was the start of an ongoing education journey. He went on to earn a Masters in Regional and Urban Planning (1995) from UCD, before completing a PhD in Transportation Planning (2003) also in UCD. This was followed with a Masters in Spatial Information Management (2010) at Dublin Institute of Technology and most recently a Masters in Economics (2014) at TCD.
As if that’s not enough to keep him busy, William is also a keen cyclist who completed the Ring of Kerry cycle this year and plays five-a-side football regularly. In addition, he and his wife Joan have four children. We would all like to have some of his energy!