• The Commissioner's office is set up as a non-departmental public body, established by the Commissioner for Older People Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.
  • The Commissioner has a number of legal functions and powers directly linked to the legislation.
  • The Commissioner and her office are sponsored by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.
  • The Commissioner is independent.
  • The Commissioner’s principle aim is to safeguard and promote the interests of older people.


The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Claire Keatinge, has promotional, advisory, educational and general investigatory duties and powers. She champions the rights and interests of older people throughout Northern Ireland and speaks with a strong voice on the positive contribution older people make to our society, and on the issues and problems they face. The Commissioner has developed priorities for action which are based on what older people, and those who work with them, say matter most to them. These priorities for action are detailed in the Corporate Plan 2013-2015 entitled Hope, Confidence and Certainty.