Brendan McAllister’s Biography
Brendan McAllister is 62 years old and comes from Newry.
Brendan graduated with an honours degree in Modern History and Politics from Queens University Belfast in 1979. He trained as a social worker and served with the probation service for 12 years.
In 1992, he became Director of Mediation Northern Ireland and for 16 years led that organization’s contribution to the development of mediation practice within the Northern Ireland conflict. He was also engaged as a Neighbourhood Renewal Adviser in the North West of England, addressing racial tensions, gang violence and violent extremism.
In 2008, Brendan was appointed as a Victims Commissioner and served one 4 year term.
In 2012 he moved full-time into the international peace mediation field. He has been a Senior Associate with the Brussels-based ‘mediatEUr’ organisation (the European Forum for International Mediation and Dialogue) since 2012 and currently chairs its Board. He began working for the United Nations in 2015, serving two years as a member of the UN Standby Team of Senior Mediation Experts and, since 2017, as a Senior Mediation Advisor with the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs.
Brendan is a former Probation Board member and a former Board member of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council.
He and his wife, Elizabeth, are members of the Corrymeela Community.