Our People

Dermot O'Reilly

Dermot O'Reilly

Director, ADRC-NI (ADR Northern Ireland)

Professor Dermot O'Reilly is Director of the Administrative Data Research Centre in Northern Ireland (ADRC-NI). He is based at the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast, specialises in Public Health and Social Epidemiology and has carried out extensive research into health inequalities. His interests focus on the effective use of routine data collections to further our understanding of disease and social causes and how this affects society.

Siobhan Carey

Siobhan Carey

Registrar General & Chief Executive, NISRA (ADR Northern Ireland)

Siobhan is a member of the ADR UK Leadership Committee, in her role as Chief Statistician for Northern Ireland. She is also the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency’s (NISRA) Chief Executive and Registrar General. Siobhan has extensive experience as a Government statistician, most recently as Chief Statistician in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; and as a Deputy Director in the Office for National Statistics.

Gerry Leavey

Deputy Director, ADRC-NI (ADR Northern Ireland)

Professor Gerry Leavey is Deputy Director of the Administrative Data Research Centre Northern Ireland (ADRC-NI). He is also Director of the Bamford Centre in Ulster University. Prior to this he lived in London, serving as the Director of Research for Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust and as a researcher in the Department of Mental Health Sciences, UCL. A social scientist, he has a BSc in Policy Studies (University of North London), an MSc in Public Health (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and a PhD in Medical Sociology (University College London). He is currently Co-Lead for the Clinical Research Network in Mental Health (Northern Ireland).

Frances Burns

Programme Manager, ADRC-NI (ADR Northern Ireland)

Dr Frances Burns is Programme Manager for the Administrative Data Research Centre in Northern Ireland (ADRC-NI). Frances is based at the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast and holds a degree in business with economics and a PhD exploring the factors effecting realisation of research impact. As Programme Manager, Frances is the lead for coordination and communication between the Centre partnerships within Northern Ireland, and represents the Centre to the Strategic Hub and our funders, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Deborah Lyness

Head of Demographic Statistics Branch, NISRA (ADR Northern Ireland)

Deborah is a Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency (NISRA) Senior Principal Statistician with oversight of production of vital events official statistics, the Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measures and the NISRA Research Support Unit, a team supporting both the ADR NI and the NI Longitudinal Study. She also heads project development and impact delivery for the NISRA part of the ADR NI. Deborah joined the ADR NI from her role heading the Statistics Branch in the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Prior to this she led production of a number of key NI economic statistics and has also held a number of statistical roles in the criminal justice area including with the NI Youth Justice Agency and Department of justice. She has a BSc in Psychology and a MSSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Elizabeth Nelson

Public Engagement, Comms & Impact Manager, ADRC-NI (ADR Northern Ireland)

Elizabeth is Public Engagement, Communications & Impact Manager for the Administrative Data Research Centre Northern Ireland (ADRC-NI), where her remit includes developing partnerships with voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector groups as well as policymakers. Based in the School of Nursing at Ulster University, Elizabeth holds a Master of Laws in Human Rights Law from Queen's University Belfast, and completed an honours Political Science degree at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Elizabeth was previously the Parliamentary and Campaigns Officer for the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities. She has extensive experience in engaging with vulnerable and disadvantaged communities, and enhancing the participation of these groups in politics, research and policymaking.

Samantha Livingstone

Project Administrator, ADRC-NI (ADR Northern Ireland)

Samantha is the Project Administrator for the Administrative Data Research Centre Northern Ireland (ADRC-NI). Samantha is responsible for all the administration associated with the programme, including acting as first point of contact for project-related questions.

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