Chris Quinn – NI Commissioner for Children and Young People


Chris Quinn took up appointment as NI Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) in September 2023.

Chris Quinn brings extensive experience of engagement with children and young people and facilitating their making their voices heard.  He has represented their interests, through a rights lens, locally, regionally and internationally, and has championed children and young people’s direct participation in decision-making.

Chris Quinn started his career working in the Star Neighbourhood Centre in North Belfast before taking up employment with the Bytes Project working with young people in communities across Belfast. Chris worked for the Belfast City Council as Children and Young People’s Coordinator from 2004-2008 where he set up their first Youth Council.

In 2008, Chris took up the role of Director at the NI Youth Forum, where he served for 15 years managing the organisation through the review of public administration and supporting young people to lead the youth forum through a changing policy and funding environment.

He lives with his wife and 4 sons, is a keen Manchester United Supporter and enjoys running.