Quintin Oliver

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Quintin Oliver is Founder and Director of the Belfast-based lobbying firm Stratagem.


In the 1970s, Oliver was Chair of the British Youth Council (Scotland). He served as a welfare rights advisor to Strathclyde Regional Council from 1977 to 1985. From 1985 to 1998, he was Director of the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action.[1] Oliver was the founding president of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) from 1990 to 1992, and Secretary from 1992-1994.[2]

In 1991, Oliver was appointed to Mary Robinson's Presidential Council of State; a position he retained until 1997. After resigning from the NICVS, he ran the "YES" Campaign in the 1998 Referendum on the Good Friday Agreement leading to the founding of Stratagem in 1998.[3]

Oliver currently chairs social enterprise The Consultation Institute and is Non-executive Director of eaga plc. He is a trustee of the Scottish anti-sectarian charity Nil by Mouth. Oliver is also independent assessor for the Chief Commissioner for Public Appointments.[4]

In 2007, Oliver was appointed head of the International Secretariat of the Helsinki Iraq Project.[5]

In June 2010, Oliver was appointed as the first Northern Ireland advisor for British social policy research charity the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). Of this new position and his "social change background", Oliver remarked:

I am very much looking forward to taking up my new role. My whole life has been devoted to social change initiatives, and I know how committed JRF are to overcoming disadvantage and finding new solutions to major social challenges. I am absolutely committed to advancing these values in my new post.[6]

Quintin is the son of John Oliver, former Permanent Secretary at Stormont.[7]

Contact, Resources, Notes


Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/quintinoliver
Website: http://www.stratagem-ni.com/



  1. Stratagem, "Meet the Team", accessed 01.09.10
  2. The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, "Health Minister endorses Hospice recommendations and names Independent Advisor", accessed 01.09.10
  3. Stratagem, "Meet the Team", accessed 01.09.10
  4. Stratagem, "Meet the Team", accessed 01.09.10
  5. Stratagem, "Meet the Team", accessed 01.09.10
  6. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, "New Wales and NI Advisers for Social Policy Charity", accessed 01.09.10
  7. communityni, "NICVA remembers one of its founders", accessed 01.09.10

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