Ellen Finlay - Member of the Northern Ireland Food Advisory Committee
Outlines the professional history and qualifications of the members of the Northern Ireland Food Advisory Committee.
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)
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
Land and Property
Other public appointments
- Equality Commission for Northern Ireland Commissioner
Other non-personal interests
- All-Island Food Poverty Network