The Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance is the largest trade union in Northern Ireland with over 41,000 members.

NIPSA is organised into two main groups; the Civil Service Group and the Public Officers Group. 

The Civil Service Group has a membership of over 16,700 covering civil servants and the staff of public bodies employed on civil service terms and conditions.

The Public Officers Group has over 24,300 members and covers employees of Education Authority, Health and Social Services bodies and HSC Trusts, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Local Government, Libraries NI and a number of other public bodies and voluntary organisations.

General Council Officers 2019/2020

President: Helena McSherry

Vice-President: Pat Lawlor

Honorary Treasurer: John Toal

Civil Service Group Officers at 1st October 2019

Chairperson: Tina Creaney

Vice-Chairperson: Paul Dale

Vice-Chairperson: Steven Harvey

Public Officers’ Group Officers at 1st October 2019

Chairperson Alanagh Rea

Vice-Chairperson: Brian Booth

Vice-Chairperson: Damien Maguire

Secretariat at 1st October 2019

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  is NIPSA’s General Secretary and is charged with supervising the general work of the union as well as overall responsibility for the management of all the staff and finances. She is NIPSA’s main representative on many of the civil and public service negotiating bodies and is the Vice-President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and Vice-Chairperson of the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

NIPSA has two Deputy General Secretaries.

Deputy General Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., has strategic and management responsibility for the Public Officers’ Group covering Education, Health, Housing, Libraries NI, Local Government, the Voluntary and Community Sector and Education. He has overall responsibility for the Foyle NIPSA Regional Office. He also has a range of corporate responsibilities.

Deputy General Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., has strategic responsibility for Civil Service wide issues on pay, hours, leave, running costs, privatisation, personnel management etc and Civil Service groups such as Professional and Technology Officers, Scientific Staff and Legal Grades. She also has responsibility for the management of the Civil Service Section within NIPSA and Central Whitley issues.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Policy and Research Officer, has responsibility for the development of research based policies and positions on all matters of political and public discussion impacting upon the public sector.

Geraldine Alexander, Assistant Secretary, has responsibility for a range of matters, including Equality, Human Rights, Global Solidarity, Health and Safety, Youth and LGB&T matters plus a range of HQ Organisation and Office Services.

Civil Service Group

Assistant Secretary, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., has responsibility for the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Department of Health, Department of Education, Department for the Economy, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and Police Service for Northern Ireland.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Assistant Secretary, has responsibility for the Department for Communities, Northern Ireland Assembly and NIPSA Information and Communication Technology Consultative Committee (ICT CC).

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Assistant Secretary, has responsibility for the Department of Justice, Department for Infrastructure, Invest NI, Department of Finance, The Executive Office, NI Water and Public Prosecution Service.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Higher Executive Officer (Temporary), has responsibility for SERCO, Noonan, National Museums Northern Ireland, Sports NI, Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland, G4S, NI Audit Office, United Dairy Farmers, Labour Relations Agency, Police Federation, Police Ombudsman, Armagh Planetarium, Arts Council, Northern Ireland Screen and the Consumer Council NI.

Public Officers’ Group

Maria Morgan, has responsibility for the Health and Social Care Board, Health and Social Care Trusts and other health bodies.  She is also a Joint Secretary to the various HSC negotiating bodies. Maria is assisted by three Higher Executive Officers.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Higher Executive Officer, has responsibility for South Eastern Trust, Northern Trust, Statutory and Voluntary Bodies.

Tommy Brownlee, Higher Executive Officer, has responsibility for Southern Health Trust, HSCB, BSO, RQIA, PCC, Statutory and Voluntary Bodies.

Catherine Arkinson, Higher Executive Officer, has responsibility for Belfast Health Trust, Housing Associations, Statutory and Voluntary Bodies.

Paddy Mackel, Assistant Secretary, has responsibility for Housing, Local Government and Libraries NI. In Local Government, Paddy is assisted by two Higher Executive Officers:

Kevin Kelly, Higher Executive Officer, has responsibility for Newry, Mourne and Down, Ards and North Down and Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Councils, NI Fire and Rescue Service, SERCO Leisure, NILGOSC and Local Government Staff Commission.

Kim Graham, Assistant Secretary, has responsibility for the Education Authority. She is lead Trade Union Side Secretary to the relevant education negotiating councils. Assisting the Assistant Secretary in Education:

Róisín Graham, Higher Executive Officer, has responsibility for Education Authority: Belfast and the Southern Regions, Northern Regional College, Belfast Metropolitan College, Linehall Library, NILA and NICIE. Róisín is also NIPSA's Union Learning Project Coordinator.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Higher Executive Officer (Temporary), has responsibility for a range of personal cases in the Voluntary and Community Sector and other areas.

The Foyle NIPSA Regional Office, there two Higher Executive Officers:

Alan Law, Higher Executive Officer, has responsibility for Western Health and Social Care Trust, North West Regional College, Causeway Coast and Glens, Derry City and Strabane and Mid and East Antrim Councils.

Joan Munton, Higher Executive Officer, has responsibility for Education Authority (Western Region), South West FE College, Fermanagh and Omagh and Mid Ulster Councils. Organisation and Services

Assistant Secretary (Vacant), has responsibility for NIPSA’s Finances and NIPSA Pension Scheme. This post also has responsibility for Membership, Branch Organisation and Recruitment, Conferences, Buildings and Insurance.

This post is assisted by:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Executive Officer Finance (Temporary), who administers NIPSA’s Finance Department.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Executive Officer Membership, who administers NIPSA's Membership Office.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Executive Officer (Temporary), and another Executive Officer (Vacant) are responsible for the organisation and support of branch committees and recruitment of new members to NIPSA.

There are four other Executive Officers with the following responsibilities:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Executive Officer, has responsibility for the Advice and Information Unit and servicing the General Council.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Executive Officer, has responsibility for NIPSA’s Legal and Membership Services, including servicing of the Public Officers Group Executive Committee.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Executive Officer, has responsibility for secretarial, reprographics, other office services and servicing the Civil Service Group Executive Committee.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Executive Officer, has responsibility for Graphics, Publications and Web.