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Ellen Finlay - Member of the Northern Ireland Food Advisory Committee

Northern Ireland specific

Outlines the professional history and qualifications of the members of the Northern Ireland Food Advisory Committee.

Last updated: 26 May 2021
Last updated: 26 May 2021

Ellen has over 20 years experience in the community and voluntary and private sectors. She has delivered project mentoring, strategic visioning, group facilitation and community consultation, in her capacity as a Policy Officer but also as a Department of Education School Governor. A social scientist by training, Ellen’s professional interests encompass social inclusion and methodologies for effective community consultation and engagement.
Ellen has worked at the cutting edge of government policy consultation first as Policy Officer at the Women’s Support Network and more recently as Policy Officer at Children in Northern Ireland. During this time of work, she has championed issues surrounding food poverty, child poverty, women’s lack of engagement in policy, and early years investment. 

She currently holds the following roles:

  • Member of Independent Mechanism for Northern Ireland (IMNI)
  • Member of Department of Health Hyponatraemia Implementation Programme Workstream Two
  • Vice-Chair of the Joint Forum (VCS panel)
  • Member of the Co-Design group developing an Anti-Poverty Strategy (Department for Communities)
  • Member of the Co-Design group developing a Disability Strategy (Department for Communities)

Personal Interests

Consultancies and/or direct employment

  • Samaritans Ireland

Fee Paid Work




Clubs and other organisations

  • Northern Ireland Food Poverty Network
  • Phoenix Education Centre 

Other Personal Interests


Non-personal Interests



Indirect Support




Land and Property


Other public appointments

  • Equality Commission for Northern Ireland Commissioner

Other non-personal interests

  • All-Island Food Poverty Network