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Patricia Lewsley-Mooney CBE (Chairperson)

Patricia served as Commissioner for Children & Young People from January 2007-2015.

A former MLA and district councillor, Patricia has a long track record of working for children, young people and women.

She led efforts in the Assembly to put Area Child Protection Committees on a statutory basis.

She also led a successful delegation of women to Brussels to have measure 1.5 - Positive Action for Women retained in the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation.

Patricia was a co-founder of Shopmobility Belfast and introduced the post of the first Disability/Equal Opportunity Officer in local government.

Patricia became the Director of the Northern Ireland Childminding Association in April 2017.

Patricia remarried with 5 children and 9 grandchildren and 2 step-children.

Kelly Andrews (Vice-Chairperson)

Kelly is the Chief Executive of Belfast & Lisburn Women's Aid.

Kelly is also a Trustee Board member for Connswater Homes.

Kelly served as a Commissioner on the Northern Ireland Parades Commission from 2007-2010.

She was Co-Chair of the Green Party in Northern Ireland from 2005-2009.

Kelly also held the post of National Coordinator for the Green Party Ireland and worked for Brian Wilson Green Party MLA as Constituency Office Manager.

She has held the posts of Secretary of the Green Party in North Ireland and Chair of the North Down Branch.

Kelly worked in community development for Women into Politics delivering programmes on conflict resolutions, human rights, politics and Irish history. Kelly studied English and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast.

She has an Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise from Ulster University and Prince2 Project Management qualification.

Dr Margaret Baumann (Secretary)

Originally from Scotland, Margaret lived and worked in Switzerland and Canada for some years before settling in Northern Ireland.

In over thirty years in Further Education she had varied responsibilities, being at one time or another responsible for General Education, Catering, Hairdressing, Music, Performing Arts, Art and Design, Recreation and Leisure and Adult Education, including Basic Skills and other courses suitable for returners who had been out of education and training for a long time. Seeing the pride and pleasure gained from progress made once the initial step had been taken is always gratifying.

Margaret has been a member of numerous public bodies, including an eight-year stint on the Western Education and Library Board.

A linguist by profession, she did verification and moderation work for two examining bodies.

An active trade unionist, she has filled many roles in her own union at local, regional and national level, and was Chair of the NICICTU Women's Committee for two years.

Margaret was elected to the Executive Commitee of NICVA in October 2010.

Maureen Maguire

Maureen worked for 37 years in the Health Service, retiring as a Senior Manager within the Primary Care Directorate, Health and Social Care Board.

Maureen began her career in 1972 in Craigavon Area Hospital. She obtained an MSc in Public Procurement at the University of Ulster and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) By Exam as well as being a member of the Institute for Health and Management (IHM).

Early retirement in 2009 provided Maureen with the opportunity to set up her own consultancy business which provided management services to local businesses.

Maureen continued her business for 5 years before retiring fully in 2015.

Katherine McCloskey

Katherine is the Customer Engagement and Campaigns Manager at the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, leading the Housing Executive’s Customer Engagement and Campaigns team in the planning and delivery of a programme of audience led, cross-channel communications campaigns to over 85,000 households.

A graduate of Queens’ University and Ulster University, she is a policy and public affairs professional with experience in the public and third sectors across Northern Ireland and the UK.

In 2017, Katherine was selected by the British Council as one of 50 emerging global policy leaders though the Future Leaders Connect programme for her work in criminal justice and mental health.

Professor John Barry

John Barry is Professor of Green Political Economy in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queens University Belfast.

His areas of research and teaching include green moral and political theory; green and heterodox political economy; the social economy; action and engaged research and energy transitions.

He is passionate about bringing the community and university sectors closer together and using knowledge and evidence to make social change work well both as a team member and independently and enjoy challenge and taking initiative.

Julia Flanagan

Over the last 11 years Julia has gained extensive experience in program and project management in areas of public affairs, education and exchange programs.

This was work that successfully contributed to the strategic objectives of the organisations for which she worked.

Julia has developed a strong skills set through her role in successful national and international events and project engagements for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW), HM Treasury and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Julia is a clear and confident communicator with excellent interpersonal skills.

She has extensive experience of interacting with a wide spectrum of personnel, including high profile business and political contacts.

For example as a senior coordinator for a major Combatting Human Trafficking Conference endorsed by Pope Francis, she worked with heads of international law enforcement agencies such as the UK National Crime Agency, US Homeland Security and Interpol.

The conference led to the ‘Santa Marta Commitment’; an agreement to eradicate modern day slavery.

Eileen Bell, CBE

Before entering full time politics in 1993 Eileen was engaged in a number of occupations from civil servant to General Secretary 0f the Alliance Party. She also worked as Development and Welfare Officer in the Peace People where she helped families who were under threat from paramilitary factions during the troubles.

Eileen also brought prisoners families up to the 3 prisons and helped visit their relatives when needed.

She later became C0-0rdinator of the Peace Train which ran 5 Peace Trains mostly between Dublin-Belfast but also to Glasgow and London.

The final train ran one week after the Shankill Bombing and was run at the request of the people of the Shankill Road. During those years Eileen was a member of the Suffolk Residents Association along with her husband and other members of the Suffolk Estate, a small Loyalist estate in West Belfast.

This was a very challenging time which ended with Eileen and her husband being forced out of Belfast and, on advice, moving to Bangor.

Ploitical life

Elected to North Down as Councillor for Bangor West May 1993.

Eileen was Chair of the Community Relations and Tourism and Community Development Committees.

She represented the Council on the Local Government Association, the Probation Board, Warwick University Consortium among others Board of Visitors in Crumlin Road Jail just before its closure and was also Company Secretary on the Board of the Somme Association.

She was a delegate in the Political/Peace Talks from 1990 and was also involved in the Dublin Forum for Peace and Reconciliation and the GFA negotiations.

She held Party Portfolios in Human Rights, Community Relations. Victims and Socials issues including Children and Family.

Eileen was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998 as Member for North Down and was elected to the Assembly Commission and the Education Committee and the Committee of the First and Deputy Minister’s Committee until 2005.

Later, in that year, she announced that she was standing down from her position as MLA for personal reasons. Eileen also stood down as Deputy Leader of the Alliance Party.

Eileen was subsequently approached by the then Secretary of State Peter Hain and asked to take the post of Speaker/ Presiding Officer of a Transitional N.I. Assembly while negotiations towards Full Devolution could take place in St Andrews.

She was shocked but having been assured that she was the agreed choice by the other parties, she agreed to take up the post. Eileen stood down on the attainment of Devolution after a challenging but positive year and was awarded the CBE in May 2008.

After retirement Eileen became Chairperson of Women into Politics and worked closely with TWN. Eileen is also Vice- President of Autism N.I. and Towns’Womens Guilds.