Encouraging resolution through local dialogue

The Parades Commission

Under the Public Processions (NI) Act 1998 the Duties and Functions of the Commission are:

  • To promote greater understanding by the general public of issues concerning public processions.

  • To promote and facilitate mediation as a means of resolving disputes concerning public processions.

  • To keep itself generally informed as to the conduct of public processions and protest meetings.

  • To keep under review, and make such recommendations as it thinks fit to the secretary of state concerning the operation of the Act.

To access the full Act, as amended, click here.

Commission Members

Anne Henderson (Chair)
Anne qualified as a chartered accountant in 1988.   She worked for the accountancy firms KPMG and BDO Stoy Hayward in Belfast.   During her three years in the international audit division of Time Warner Inc., she was based in New York and London and travelled extensively within the USA and across Europe.   She has held a number of public appointments including as vice-chair, and briefly chair, of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.   She is a former board member of the International Fund for Ireland and the Enterprise Equity companies.   She is a director of the Nomadic Trading Company and a member of the audit committee of Queen’s University.
Sarah Havlin (Commissioner)
Colin Kennedy (Commissioner)
Paul Hutchinson (Commissioner)
Anne Marshall (Commissioner)
Geraldine McGahey (Commissioner)
Joelle Black (Commissioner)

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