Public Accountability within PPANI
What are Lay Advisers?
Article 51(2) of the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 allows the Department of Justice to appoint two Lay Advisers to the PPANI Strategic Management Board. The Lay Advisers role is to provide a challenge to the professionals by acting as a ‘critical friend’. They bring to the oversight function their understanding and perspective of public protection issues away from the professional viewpoint. Their activities include:
- Attending Strategic Management Board meetings
- Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of the operation of PPANI
- Attending LAPPP meetings
- Attending the subgroups of the SMB
- Participating in media communications and education awareness alongside the communications subgroup.
I am a teacher by profession and spent almost 30 years in the classroom teaching History, until moving into a different position in the education sector. My love for History and Politics remains as strong as ever. I volunteer with the European Lung Foundation and currently sit on their council promoting healthy lungs for life and ensuring the patient voice is heard. I also am a lay adviser with the Royal College of GPs(NI). In my free time I enjoy travelling with my husband and for relaxation I love to spend time with my 3 year old Show Cocker Spaniel who is a great therapy dog and a super sniffer!