Mike Nesbitt


Mike is leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and an MLA for Strangford. Elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2011 he is Chair of the OFMdFM committee at Stormont.

Before entering into politics Mike was a broadcast journalist and later a Victims Commissioner.

Tom Elliott

Fermanagh & South Tyrone

Tom is an MLA for Fermanagh & South Tyrone.  He is the Ulster Unionist Party spokesperson for Justice and a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.

Prior to entering elected politics, Tom spent eighteen years as a part-time member of the Ulster Defence Regiment and the Royal Irish Regiment.

Roy Beggs

East Antrim

Roy is an MLA for East Antrim and Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.  Roy is also a member of the Health Committee.

Before his election, Roy worked as a production and technical manager for manufacturing companies in Larne.

Robin Swann

North Antrim

Robin is the Ulster Unionist MLA for North Antrim. He is Chair of the Employment and Learning Committee. He is also Chief Whip of the Ulster Unionist Assembly Group.

He is an active member of Kells & Connor Community Association and has served as a Board member of the Volunteer Development Agency in Northern Ireland.

Adrian Cochrane-Watson

South Antrim

Michael Copeland

East Belfast

Michael is the Ulster Unionist MLA for East Belfast. Michael is the Party spokesperson for Social Development and also sits on the Public Accounts Committee.

Michael was formerly an officer with the Ulster Defence Regiment.

Michael McGimpsey

South Belfast

Michael is an MLA for South Belfast and is the Ulster Unionist spokesperson for Culture, Arts and Leisure. Michael formerly served as a Minister for Culture, Arts & Leisure and Health.

Before entering into full time politics in 1998, Michael was a businessman by profession.

Sandra Overend

Mid Ulster

Sandra is the Ulster Unionist MLA for Mid Ulster, Party spokesperson for the Environment and a member of the Education Committee.  She is also the Deputy Whip of the Ulster Unionist Assembly Group. 

In her time as Women’s Development officer for the Party, Sandra initiated the Dame Dehra Parker Programme, which encouraged and helped women to play a bigger role in political activism.

Danny Kennedy

Newry and Armagh

Danny Kennedy is the Minister for Regional Development and Ulster Unionist MLA for Newry and Armagh. Currently a director of Bessbrook Development Company, he is also a member of the Boards of Governors of Bessbrook Primary School and Newry High School.

Mr Kennedy has a deep interest in matters of Law and Order and Security and he serves on Newry and Mourne District Policing Partnership.

Leslie Cree

North Down

Leslie Cree is the Ulster Unionist MLA for North Down and the Party spokesperson for Finance and also sits on the OFMdFM Committee.

Leslie is a Director of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Business Trust.

Jo-Anne Dobson

Upper Bann

Jo-Anne is an Ulster Unionist MLA for Upper Bann and the Party spokesperson for both Health and Agriculture.

Jo-Anne campaigns to promote organ donation.

Sam Gardiner

Upper Bann

Sam is an Ulster Unionist MLA for Upper Bann and a member of the Assembly Commission.

Three times Mayor of Craigavon and once Mayor of Lurgan, where at 27 he was the Province's youngest Mayor, Sam has served in the Assembly since 2003.

Ross Hussey

West Tyrone

Ross is the Ulster Unionist MLA for West Tyrone and the Party’s representative on the Policing Board.

He also sits on the Regional Development and Public Accounts Committees at Stormont.

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