Veronica Gray - Director of Policy & Interim Deputy CEO (based in Northern Ireland)

Veronica is Director of Policy, and has been the interim deputy CEO at AEA, since 2019. Prior to this, she took up post as the first director of Action on Elder Abuse Northern Ireland in May 2015 with responsibility to develop the organisation in line with the local adult safeguarding and protection agenda.  Her remit includes influencing policy and practice in Northern Ireland specific to preventing the abuse and harm of vulnerable older people, working in partnership with all organisations and sectors to evaluate the local and UK wide adult safeguarding framework, and campaigning to end elder abuse and make Northern Ireland a safer place to age. 

Veronica has 15 years experience working with the community and voluntary sector across Ireland with particular experience and knowledge of adult safeguarding and protection issues.  Prior to her appointment to AEA Northern Ireland she was the safeguarding manager in Volunteer Now, responsible for managing the Our Duty to Care project which, among other achievements, developed and produced ‘Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults – A Shared Responsibility’, the regional standards and guidance for adult safeguarding in the voluntary, community and independent sectors.  She oversaw the development and delivery of the subsequent Keeping Adults Safe suite of training programmes which are based on the standards and guidance. 

Veronica represents AEA Northern Ireland on the Northern Ireland Adult Safeguarding Partnership (NIASP). She has primary and post graduate degrees and holds professional qualifications in community development and youth work, training and assessment, and leadership and management.