Advisory group

To deliver an outstanding tenancy deposit scheme which meets the needs of the private rented sector in Northern Ireland we have set up an Advisory Group of industry experts and representatives.
Marnette Lyons, Landlords’ Association Northern Ireland

Marnette LyonsFormed in 1989 The Landlords’ Association for Northern Ireland (LANI) is the largest organisation of its kind representing landlords in the private rented sector in Northern Ireland. Marnette is LANI’s President, who works to promote the highest standard in the practice of renting, managing and maintaining rented accommodation in the private sector.

Paddy Gray, Professor of Housing at the University of Ulster

Paddy GrayPaddy Gray has worked in housing in various posts for 30 years. He has held posts within the Northern Ireland Housing Executive at central, regional and district levels and is currently Professor of Housing at the University of Ulster. He has wide experience of academic and applied research and has over 200 publications on housing related issues. 

Sonia Millar, ARLA-NAEA

Sonia MillarSonia is a letting agent and landlord, and her company CSM Estate Agents is a prominent Belfast feature. She is also the ARLA/NAEA representative for Northern Ireland.


Ian Williamson, NUS-USI

Ian WilliamsonIan is Senior Policy & Public Affairs Advisor at NUS-USI. He was previously Head of Communications with the Alliance Party, and he has also taught tutorials in politics at University of Salford and has lectured in public relations and journalism courses.

Paula Quigley, Smartmove Housing

Jilly StewartThe Northern Ireland Housing Executive is funding Smartmove Housing's Private Rented Sector Access Scheme as part of their housing options approach, to expand the choice of people in Northern Ireland and empower them to transform their lives. Paula is a former Vice-Chair of CIH Northern Ireland and was a board member of Asset Skills NI.

Jilly Stewart, Rental and Property Manager John Minnis Estate Agents

Paula QuigleyJilly has worked both in Edinburgh and Belfast in lettings and property management. Jilly is a graduate of Heriot Watt University and holds a degree in Management and Marketing and has passed the National Federation of Property Professionals (NFOPP) exam in Residential Letting and Property Management Northern Ireland and subsequently is a member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA).

 Samuel Dickey, Simon Brien Residential

Samuel Dickey

Samuel is a Chartered Survey and Estate Agent with over 21 years of experience in Residential property. Samuel is also spokesperson for RICS Northern Ireland.

Steve Harriott, Chief Executive The Dispute Service

Steve HarriottSteve has been Chief Executive since September 2010 following a period of management consultancy. He has worked as Chief Executive of three housing associations as well as chairing a housing association and a regeneration charity.


Alison MacDougall, Managing Director TDS Northern Ireland

Alison MacDougall, Managing DirectorAlison has been involved in dispute resolution for over 12 years, including senior positions at the Police Complaints Authority and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education. Alison joined TDS in 2007 as an adjudicator and is now responsible for the operational management of the dispute resolution team.