The Commissioner

Ian Jeffers undertook his role as Commissioner for Victims and Survivors on 9th May 2022.

Ian was born in Belfast in the mid 60’s and left school at 16 to pursue a career in electronics. He spent his early days as a service engineer before moving into sales, marketing and communications. 

Jeffers has been in senior leadership roles in the private and voluntary sector for more than 25 years.  

He started with The Prince’s Trust as their Northern Ireland Director and concluded his 12 years with the charity as Deputy Chief Executive. During his tenure, the charity supported over 500,000 young people across the UK to move into education, training, or employment. 

Prior to joining The Trust, Ian worked in the private sector in roles including CEO of NTL, Scotland, Wales & N Ireland and CEO of NTL Ireland. 

In 2005 Ian combined his leadership skills with his love of sailing and took to the high seas on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race where, as watch leader, he motivated the team on deck.   

Ian is determined to bring his drive, compassion and commitment to improving the lives of others, forward in his role as Commissioner. 

Ian has four daughters and is married to Nicola. In his spare time, he can be found on his bike or out running.

Statutory duties of the Commissioner

  1. The Commissioner shall promote an awareness of matters relating to the interests of victims and survivors and of the need to safeguard those interests.
  2. The Commissioner shall keep under review the adequacy and effectiveness of law and practice affecting the interests of victims and survivors.
  3. The Commissioner shall keep under review the adequacy and effectiveness of services provided for victims and survivors by bodies or persons.
  4. The Commissioner shall advise the Secretary of State, the Executive Committee of the Assembly and any body or person providing services for victims and survivors on matters concerning the interests of victims and survivors:  
    • as soon as reasonably practicable after receipt of a request for advice; and
    • on such other occasions as the Commissioner thinks appropriate;
  5. The Commissioner shall take reasonable steps to ensure that the views of victims and survivors are sought concerning the interests of victims and survivors.
  6. The Commissioner shall make arrangements for a forum for consultation and discussion with victims and survivors.

You can access Commissioner's advice to government here.

Powers of the Commissioner

  1. The Commissioner may undertake, commission or provide financial or other assistance for research or educational activities concerning the interests of victims and survivors or the exercise of his functions.
  2. The Commissioner may, after consultation with such bodies or persons as he thinks fit, issue guidance on best practice in relation to any matter concerning the interests of victims and survivors.
  3. The Commissioner may:
    • compile information concerning the interests of victims and survivors;
    • provide advice or information on any matter concerning the interests of victims and survivors;
    • publish any matter concerning the interests of victims and survivors, including the outcome of any research or activities mentioned in bullet 1 and any advice provided by the Commissioner.
  4. The Commissioner may make representations or recommendations to any body or person concerning the interests of victims and survivors.