Commissioner's Biography

Judena Leslie holds a Masters Degree in History from the University of Dublin, Trinity College. She read law in the Queen’s University of Belfast and was admitted as a solicitor in Northern Ireland in 1987.  She was a senior civil servant and public law lawyer before being appointed in September 2015 as Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.
 
During her senior civil service years Judena variously held the posts of Director of Law Reform, Director of Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development and Director of Reform of Local Administration.
 
In 2008 she was appointed as founding Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Law Commission.