About The Ombudsman
The NIJAO has been appointed by the Queen, on recommendation of the Northern Ireland Assembly for a seven year term which expires on 31 March 2023.
Biography: Mrs Marie Anderson, Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Ombudsman
Marie Anderson is a graduate of the Queen’s University, Belfast and qualified as a solicitor in 1985. After qualifying she worked in private practice for several years mainly in the area of civil litigation. Thereafter, she joined the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and worked as Legal Assistant and Senior Legal Assistant, over a period of 17 years.
Marie became the first Assistant Information Commissioner for Northern Ireland in April 2003 and was responsible for setting up the first ever regional office of the Information Commission in Belfast in September 2003.
In May 2009 she was appointed as Deputy Northern Ireland Ombudsman. In this role Marie has led the Ombudsman’s investigations directorates, examining complaints of maladministration and from May 2014 investigating alleged breaches of the Local Government Code of Conduct for Councillors.
On 1 April 2016 Marie Anderson became the first Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman and has also been appointed as the Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for Standards.