- First Class Social Science Honours Degree (1996).
- Political Researcher (1999-2002); Sinn Féin All Ireland Coordinator (2002-2006); Sinn Féin Director of Unionist Engagement (2006-2007).
- Member of the Legislative Assembly and Member of the Policing Board (2007-2011); Junior Minister in the office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (2011-2012)
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