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Human Rights Commission welcomes appointment of new Chief Commissioner

27 Jul 2021

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission today welcomes the appointment of Alyson Kilpatrick as its new Chief Commissioner.

Chief Executive Dr David Russell said:

“On behalf of the Commission, I am delighted to welcome Alyson Kilpatrick as our new Chief Commissioner from 1 September 2021. Alyson brings a wealth of experience that will strengthen and enrich the Commission’s work.

“All Commissioners and staff look forward to working with Alyson as we continue to protect and promote human rights for everyone in Northern Ireland.”



  • The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body first proposed in the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement (1998) and established in 1999 by the Northern Ireland Act (1998). It is answerable to Parliament at Westminster. Read more about the work of the Commission here.
  • The Secretary of State makes appointments to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in accordance with the Northern Ireland Act 1998. Any press queries on the appointment should be directed to the Northern Ireland Office.
  • Read the press statement on the appointment of the new NIHRC Chief Commissioner from the Northern Ireland Office here.
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