Who we are

Eddie Lynch, Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland 

Eddie Lynch

Eddie Lynch is the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland and started his appointment in June 2016. Prior to his appointment, Eddie was the Chief Executive Officer of Age Sector Platform. In this role, he was responsible for managing the organisation's staff and supporting the organisation's board, committees and wider membership in its policy development and campaigns work. Eddie joined Age Sector Platform in February 2008 having previously worked at the Consumer Council for five years, where he was Head of Consumer Affairs. Previous to that, Eddie worked as an e-Business Consultant and as an I.T. trainer for a number of years.

Evelyn Hoy, Chief Executive

Evelyn Hoy

Evelyn Hoy was appointed Chief Executive to the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland in September 2013, after joining the office in June 2012 as Head of Operations. Formerly a civil servant, Evelyn headed up the Good Relations Policy Unit in the Office of the First and deputy First Minister after previously working within the Victims and Survivors Commission, and Gender and Equality Unit. Prior to OFMdFM, she spent 15 years working for the Department of the Environment. 


Emer Boyle, Head of Legal and Policy Advice


Emer Boyle joined COPNI in 2014 following more than 12 years in local government in Belfast City Council. In the Council, Emer was Policy and Business Development Manager for over six years and prior to that role, she worked in a number of positions including Legal Policy Officer and Business Improvement Consultant. Emer has a primary degree in Law, a Masters in Business and various Management and Leadership qualifications.