Meet the team

There are 14 members of staff within the Commissioner’s office, organised into a number of divisions: 

  • Policy and Research
  • Communications and Engagement
  • Legal Office
  • Human Resources
  • Finance & Governance (including admin support and casework call handling)
  • Commissioner and Chief Executive's Personal Secretary

Senior management team

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    Eddie Lynch
    Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland

    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.

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    Evelyn Hoy
    Chief Executive

    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. 

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    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.