The Queen has been pleased to appoint Mrs Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle CBE DL as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for the County Borough of Belfast to succeed Dame Mary Peters DBE when she retires on 6 July 2014.
Mrs Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle CBE DL
Mrs Jay-O’Boyle was born in 1960 and has had a varied career, including Communications, PR and Marketing Director, Bryson House Ltd; Director of PR and Communications, Andras House; and Project and Development Officer, RAIL (Northern Ireland Rape and Incest Line). She founded Jay Associates Public and Government Affairs in 1991, an independent consultancy specialising in government affairs.
For many years she has been involved in public and voluntary service, including the Belfast Civic Trust, the Belfast Buildings Trust, the Esme Mitchell Trust which assists organisations involved in social welfare, and the Prince’s Regeneration Trust. She is currently Chairman of the NI Schools Debating Competition.
She is the founding Patron of Teachers of Singing in Ireland, the only cross-border organisation in Ireland for the professional development of singing teachers at all levels. She is also Vice Chair of Northern Ireland Opera and was a member of the Historic Royal Palaces Hillsborough Working Group (now the Hillsborough Advisory Committee).
Mrs Jay-O’Boyle was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2009.