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Hugh Widdis

Hugh Widdis

Title: Independent Advisor

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Hugh is the ‎Head of the Government Legal Service for Northern Ireland, and Departmental Solicitor for the ‎Northern Ireland Executive. Since 3 July 2017 he has been appointed temporarily to the position of Permanent Secretary to the Department of Finance for Northern Ireland.

 

He has 17 years of experience in parliamentary services and government legal services. Prior to joining the Northern Ireland Executive, Hugh was Director of Legal and Governance Services for the Northern Ireland Assembly. He has previously worked in research, as a barrister in private practice and as an in-house lawyer in a leading financial services provider. He has also worked in the Scottish Parliament’s legal office, and on discrimination law in the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister. Hugh is a barrister and member of the Bar of Ireland and the Bar of Northern Ireland.

 

Hugh has been a member of the Assembly Commission’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ACARAC) since November 2012.

 

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