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Who We Are

The Police Ombudsman's Office

Our Office has 150 staff and is based at Church Street in Belfast (opposite St Anne's Cathedral).

Michael Migure, Police Ombudsman Northern Ireland

The Police Ombudsman, Dr. Michael Maguire

Before becoming Police Ombudsman in July 2012, Dr Maguire was from September 2008 the Chief Inspector of the Criminal Justice Inspectorate in Northern Ireland.

Click here to visit Dr. Michael Maguire's biography

Adrian McAllister, Chief Executive

Chief Executive, Mr Adrian McAllister

Adrian McAllister joined the Police Ombudsman's Office in January 2013 and brought with him experience both in running a major public body and in policing.

Click here to visit Adrian McAllister's biography
Mr Brian Doherty, Director of Investigations (Current)

Director of Investigations (Current), Brian Doherty

Brian Doherty was appointed Director of Investigations (Current) in March 2014.

Click here to visit Brian Doherty's biography
Mr Paul Holmes, Director of Investigations (Historical)

Director of Investigations (Historical), Paul Holmes

The Director of Investigations (Historical) is Mr Paul Holmes. Paul is responsible for the management and control of all historical investigations, including both complaints and referrals from the PSNI's Historical Enquiries Team (HET).

Click here to visit Paul Holmes's biography
Olwen Laird, Director of Corporate Services

Director of Corporate Services, Olwen Laird

Olwen Laird is the Director of Corporate Services. She is responsible for all administrative matters, including the proper spending of the Police Ombudsman's budget, its personnel matters and its Information Technology systems.

Tim Gracey, Information Directorate

Director of Information, Tim Gracey

Tim Gracey is the Director of Information. This Directorate is responsible for engagement with the public and the police through the provision and exchange of general information about our work. Much of this is done using the media, meetings within the community and responding directly to your questions. If you are aware of any group which would like to hear more about our work or wish to discuss a particular issue, we would be happy to meet you. You can contact us on

Mr Seamus McIlroy, Director of Legal Services

Director of Legal Services, Mr Seamus McIlroy

The Director of Legal Services is Mr Seamus McIlroy. Mr McIlroy is a solicitor with previous experience in general practice, as well as working in the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunal Service and the Public Legal Services Division of the Department of Justice. He is responsible for dealing with all legal matters affecting the Office, including issues pertaining to legislation, litigation matters and the provision of general legal advice to the Ombudsman and his staff.


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