Profile of the Judicial Appointments Ombudsman

About The Ombudsman

The current Judicial Appointments Ombudsman is Ms Margaret Kelly.  Ms Kelly took up her post on 19 August 2020, following appointment by Royal Warrant.  Her post is for a single period of seven years.

Ms Kelly worked extensively in the voluntary and community sector for over 30 years and gained a range of experience in leading and managing services, developing policy and working in partnership with the public sector.  She has a wealth of experience in working with children, young people and families, enabling their voices to be heard by both providers and decision makers.

She has held senior roles in many children and families organisations including Gingerbread, Barnardo’s and Fostering Network NI.

From September 2015, Margaret was Director of Mencap Northern Ireland.  During that time, she was responsible for developing a range of early intervention services for children with a learning disability and their families, including strategically leading early intervention across Northern Ireland, England and Wales. She also ensured that the needs of those with a learning disability had a higher priority within public services.

She graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1986 with a BSc (Hons) in Politics and Economics and also holds an MSc from Bristol University (1988).