Sue McAllister

sue mcallister profile imageDirector General of the Northern Ireland Prison Service

Sue McAllister is the first woman to hold the position of Director General of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, a position she took up in July 2012.

Her first experience of the Northern Ireland Prison Service came when she sat on Tony Pearson's review of the death of prisoner Colin Bell in 2008, who was on suicide watch at the time.

Originally from South Yorkshire, Mrs McAllister graduated from the University of St Andrews before joining the Civil Service. This was followed by 25 years of experience in the prison service, including positions as governor of HMP Gartree and a young offender centre. Prior to taking her current position, she was Head of the Public Sector Bids Unit in the Ministry of Justice.

Mrs McAllister is married with two adult children.