James has been working in the Community and Voluntary (3rd Sector) for 8 years and has significant experience in the development and delivery of projects and services in the LGBT and Child Protection sectors. He currently works as an assistant team manager with the NSPCC and is a trustee of Parenting NI and NEXUS NI and has been a trustee of the University of Ulster Student’s Union (UUSU) and Cara-Friend. He is a trained teacher and a graduate in modern history and has spent time working in the LGBT sector before beginning to work with ICR as an associate focusing mainly on hate crime and conflict transformation. He is passionate, determined and forward thinking and always up for a challenge.
Michael Boyle is currently the CEO at the Northern Ireland Police Fund. He started employment in social work in North and West Belfast before leaving to become a police officer in the Irish Republic. He was an adviser to the ‘Patten Commission’ on the future of policing. He was subsequently a Director with the Northern Ireland Parades Commission where he qualified as a mediator. He has served on EU Police and Rule of Law missions to Afghanistan and Iraq. As a member of the UKs Stabilisation Cadre he has been seconded to Human Rights and Security missions to Iraq and Haiti. He is a trained EU election analyst and monitor and has monitored elections throughout Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa. He has acted as a consultant for the Council of Europe on Policing, Human Rights and Public Protest. He is a former university tutor of criminology. He served as a member and vice chair of Independent Monitoring Boards attached to Maghaberry Prison and Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre and Prison. He holds academic qualifications in law, policing and community engagement from UK and Irish Universities including a BA, LLB, LLM, MA and PhD. He was formerly the Chair of the South Belfast District Policing Partnership.
Felicity Huston is a tax consultant and accountant based in Belfast. She specialises in representing clients who are subject to HMRC investigation. Brought up in Portadown and Belfast she has held a wide variety of roles in public life including Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland, Commissioner for the House of Lords Appointments Commission, founding director of Mutual Energy LTD, Treasurer of Belfast Charitable Society – Clifton House. Felicity has experience of appointment and selection at senior level including selection of QCs both in Northern Ireland and GB, and of senior judiciary in Northern Ireland. She is a regular contributor to both radio and TV here and nationally. Felicity has a particular interest in animal welfare carrying out pro-bon
o work for several animal welfare charities.
Dr Muiris Ó Ceidigh
Muiris holds a Doctorate in Governance from Queen’s University Belfast, where he conducted research into media, power, civil and human rights. He was appointed as a non-executive director of the Economic Research Institute of Northern Ireland by UK government in 2003. He is Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and is also a member of Property Services Regulatory Authority and has been a member of Medical Scientists Registration Board in the Republic of Ireland. He practiced as a commercial lawyer with A & L Goodbody for several years, specialising in financial products.
His primary degree was a BA in law and sociology from NUIG and this was followed by an LLB and he also holds an MBA from Trinity College and has also achieved an MSc (Economics) from Trinity. In addition, he has graduated with an MA in Public Management from the Institute of Public Administration.
Muiris is a published poet and was recipient of the Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Prize in 2003. He has published his poetry widely, including in Oxford Poetry. He is a Director of the Irish Architectural Foundation. He has been both a Director and National Secretary of An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland. He has lectured at the University of Paris 1 – Sorbonne on the common law system and it history and at the Institute of Public Administration on commercial law and corporate law. He is recently completing a Diploma in Judicial Decision Making at the Law Society of Ireland. Currently he is undertaking the High Impact Leadership Program at Cambridge University.
Dr Hannah Russell
Dr Hannah Russell is a human rights specialist currently working in policy and research at the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. She has a law degree from Trinity College Dublin, a Masters in Human Rights and Criminal Justice (Cross Border) from Queen’s University Belfast/NUI Galway and a PhD in human rights law from Queen’s University Belfast. She has worked for non-government human rights organisations in Cambodia, the Golan, Northern Ireland and Palestine. She has also worked as a consultant for statutory organisations based in Northern Ireland and a disability organisation in England. In these various roles, she has engaged extensively with United Nations human rights treaty bodies. Her book entitled, ‘The Right to Life under Article 2 of the ECHR in light of European Conflicts’, has been published by Hart Publishing.