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

Professor Evelyn Collins CBE (Chair)
Professor Evelyn Collins CBE is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Equal Rights Trust, a Trustee on the Board of the Abraham Initiatives UK and a member of the National Statistician’s Inclusive Data Advisory Committee.  She is an Honorary Professor in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast. Evelyn was Chief Executive of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland from March 2000 to February 2023.  She was Chair of the Board of Equinet, the European Network of Equality Bodies, from October 2013 to October 2017.

Derek Wilson (Commissioner)
Billy Gamble (Commissioner)
Joelle Black (Commissioner)
Nicola Rountree (Commissioner)
Pauline Leeson (Commissioner)
Rachel Quigley (Commissioner)

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