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 remarried with 5 children and 8 grandchildren.


Kelly Andrews  (Vice-Chairperson)

Kelly is the Regional Development Manager for Citizens Advice Northern Ireland. The main function of her role is to support front line Bureaux by providing consultancy support regarding business planning and development, income generation and governance.  Kelly has responsibility to ensure compliance Citizens Advice Membership Quality Framework and the Finance Conduct Authority’s monitoring strategy for the Pension Wise service in Northern Ireland. 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.


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.


Heather Louden (Treasurer)

Heather is a qualified accountant and qualified when there were very few women in the profession. She has worked in a variety of finance roles in the private sector in an accountancy practice and in a variety of manufacturing companies. Heather moved to the public sector in 1993 when she joined Belfast City Council. During her time there she gained considerable experience in delivering front line services to the public, and a range of administrative support services e.g. finance, human resources, information technology and quality.

She has always been interested in the advancement of women and initiated and delivered a very successful programme to encourage women into non-traitional jobs. The WINS project was sponsored by the European Social Fund under their Equal initiative.

Heather was a founder member of the Women in Local Councils Initiative, which encouraged more women to take up senior positions in councils, and worked with political parties to encourage more women into politics.

Heather become involved in the jewellery business in 2007 and in 2010 started to explore starting her own accessories business which is now the known as Adorn (

Danny Sweeney

Danny has recently retired from the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland after eight and a half years as a senior Policy Officer.  During that period, he has held responsibility for the operational planning and delivery of a number of strategic areas of work, including the Commission engagement on the ‘shadow’ report on CEDAW, the development of policy positions on Education, Gender responsive budgeting and age discrimination policy. In the latter area, he had major success in securing the senior citizens bus pass for women at pension age (60) rather than the proposed age of 65, drawing the themes of gender and age discrimination into a compelling argument for change.

Prior to this post, he established and managed the District Policing Partnership in Carrickfergus, ensuring that the community sector was fully engaged and informed about policing and public safety issues in the Borough. While there, he developed an innovative approach to youth consultation that has been adopted by the Canadian Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the federal Police in Alberta and Ontario.

From 2000 to 2003, Danny was employed by ECNI as a policy officer specialising in disability related issues and sat on the advisory committee that oversaw the production of the Statutory Code of Practice to accompany the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (GB). He produced and edited the Legislative Review of the Disability Discrimination Act in Northern Ireland, liaising with Commissioners and gaining the support of the full Commission for the findings of the review.

Maureen Maguire 

Katherine McCloskey