The Certification Officer

Mrs Havlin is a solicitor by profession. Following a thirteen year career in commercial legal practice, she moved into the areas of regulation, public policy, formal investigative work and quasi-judicial adjudication processes. She has previously overseen the Review of Local Government of Northern Ireland and several formal reviews of terms and conditions of pay across a variety of sectors including Agriculture, Health and Local Government. Mrs Havlin has been appointed as a Suffrage Champion by Women in the Humanities of Oxford University with effect from 2018.

Mrs. Havlin is also a visiting tutor at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen’s University and a former Associate Lecturer in Law with the Open University. Whilst working part time as Certification Officer, she also serves as a Parades Commissioner for Northern Ireland, under appointment by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

With effect from 1 June 2020 Mrs Havlin has been appointed as Local Government Boundaries Commissioner. The role of the Commissioner involves reviewing the number, boundaries and names of local government districts and wards, and making recommendations to the Department. The review will take approximately a year to complete.

Mrs. Havlin also carries out commissioned work as an independent complaints assessor and as an independent advisor in Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs. She holds professional qualifications in Investigative Practice from The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, in Policy Development from Boston College and in Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science.