Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Right Honourable Karen Bradley MP has
announced the appointment of Vilma Patterson as a member of the Boundary Commission for
Northern Ireland. The appointment will be for a period of five years ending on 30 June 2024.
Mrs Patterson will replace Dr William Smith, who has completed two full terms in office.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
The Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland’s role is to review the number, names, designation
and boundaries of parliamentary constituencies in Northern Ireland and to submit reports with
recommendations to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
The enactment of Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011 introduced new rules
and procedures to be followed in the delineation of parliamentary constituency boundaries
together with a new method of allocating constituencies. It also provided for a 5-year cycle of
The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is responsible for making appointments to the
Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland. The appointment is made in accordance with
Schedule 1 of the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986.
Biography of Appointee
Mrs Patterson spend much of her career as a Director and Company Secretary of a private sector
sportsground construction company (1976-2005). She also has a wide range of experience
serving in a variety of Public roles in Northern Ireland. She is a current member of the Armed
Forces pay Review Body (2014-2020), having previously served as Chairman of the Probation
Board for Northern Ireland (2012-2018), and was a Civil Service Commissioner for NI (2009-
2015). She was also a member of the Parades Commission (2006-2010) and non-executive
member of the Police Ombudsman’s Office (2010-2015).
Terms of Appointment
The position of member is a part-time appointment.
The position attracts a daily remuneration of £505.50.
The appointment will be from 1 July 2019 for a period of five years.
All appointments are made on merit and with regards to the statutory requirements.
Commissioners should not have any party political affiliations which could be seen to affect their
judgement and balance in their role as a Boundary Commissioner.
Mrs Patterson declared no political activity in the past ten years.
The appointment process has been regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public
Appointment (OCPA) and all stages of the process were overseen by an independent panel
This appointment is made by the Secretary of State with regard to the equality provisions set out in
section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and in accordance with Schedule 1 Parliamentary
Constituencies Act 1986.