Maureen is an independent economist with more than 25 years experience across a number of areas including policy evaluation, monitoring framework design, economic impact assessment, economic appraisal, strategy, briefing, research and statistical analysis. She was previously Senior Research Economist with the Economic Research Institute for Northern Ireland (ERINI). Prior to this she headed up the Policy Evaluation Unit at the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre (NIERC) and was an Associate Lecturer in Economics with the Open University from 2003 to 2009. She now runs her own consultancy company. Maureen acts as economist for the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and is a Board Member of Enterprise Northern Ireland which represents the interests of local enterprise agencies and lobbies on behalf of new and small business.