Louise Warde Hunter is the Deputy Secretary of Housing, Urban Regeneration and Local Government at the Department for Communities, Northern Ireland. Prior to this Louise led the Central Services and Rural Affairs Group within the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. She previously worked as Deputy Secretary Central Policy Group in the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Before that Louise was Head of Policing Policy and Strategy Division at the Department of Justice.
Louise joined the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) in 2004 as Director of Research, Policy and Youth at the Department of Education. In 2009 she left to work for a major UK children’s charity as Strategic Director of Children's Services covering Scotland and Northern Ireland before returning to NICS in autumn 2012. Louise is the Gender Champion for NICS and is the current Chair of the NICS Women’s Network.
Following her early career in the private sector in Manchester and London, Louise returned to Northern Ireland to head up Common Purpose, an independent civic leadership trust which, over a decade, she developed into an all island organisation. Louise has also worked as an independent consultant and in a variety of non-executives roles in Northern Ireland. Louise is a graduate of Manchester and Queen's universities. She is married with three children and lives in Belfast.