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Robin Swann (born 24 September 1971) is a politician in Northern Ireland who has served as Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party since 2017. He was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2011 and was re-elected in the 2016 and 2017 Assembly Elections.
Robin Swann MLA
|Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party|
|Assumed office |
8 April 2017
|Preceded by||Mike Nesbitt|
|Ulster Unionist Chief Whip|
6 April 2012 – 8 April 2017
|Preceded by||John McCallister|
|Succeeded by||Steve Aiken|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly for Antrim North|
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Robert Coulter|
|Born||24 September 1971|
Kells, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Ulster Unionist Party|
|Residence||Kells, County Antrim|
|Alma mater||Open University|
|Website||Robin Swann official website|
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From 6 April 2012, he served as Ulster Unionist Chief Whip, a position he retained until he was elected (unchallenged) as Leader. During the short 2016 mandate he was Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee which commenced the Inquiry into the RHI scandal.
He is married to wife Jennifer. They have a daughter and a son. Robin Swann's son was born with a congenital heart defect, and while in Birmingham where the corrective procedure was performed, Swann recorded the events in a personal blog. He is an active member of Kells & Connor Community Association and has served as a Board member of the Volunteer Development Agency in Northern Ireland.
He has served as President and County Antrim Chairman of the Young Farmers' Clubs of Ulster. He has chaired the YFCU's National Executive and rural Affairs Committees and has been Chairman Rural Youth Europe organisation.
Robin was educated at Kells & Connor Primary School and Ballymena Academy (class of 1990), before completing a BSc degree with the Open University, plus a Certificate of Professional Management and Certificate of Mathematics.
Elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly 7 May 2011, he successfully defended it in the 2016 Assembly election and the snap election in March 2017, where he was the first unionist elected in North Antrim.
- Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (2017 – present)
- Ulster Unionist Member of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly.
- Chairman of North Antrim Association of the Ulster Unionist Party.
Chairman of All Party Group on Congenital Heart Disease (30 Apr 2013 – present);
Voluntary and community positions/rolesEdit
- Honorary Vice-President Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland
- Member Kells & Connor Community Improvement Association
- Member of Ballymena East Rural Community Cluster (BERCC)
Previously held positionsEdit
- Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee 2016/17Swann has held Directorships in:
- Slemish Credit Union
- Antrim Agricultural Society
- Volunteer Development Agency
- Rural Support
- Young Farmers' Clubs of Ulster, former Club Leader, Secretary & Treasurer, currently Vice-President Kells & Connor Club, former Chairman & Treasurer of County Antrim Committee, Past President, Deputy President, Vice President, Chairman of the YFCU Rural Affairs Committee.
- Rural Youth Europe, Past Chairman, Vice-chairman, held Finance and Expansion portfolios, formerly Board Member for Region I (Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Republic of Ireland & Malta). During his time as Chairman he led a delegation under the auspices of the United Nations FAO, to Serbia and Kosovo to support the creation of Young Farmers Clubs in those countries, both national organisations have now applied for membership of Rural Youth Europe.
- Board of Governors of Ballee Community High School.; Cambridge House Grammar School
- "Ulster Unionist Party confirm Robin Swann as new leader" BBC News, 8 April 2017, accessed 11 April 2017
- "The Journey Begins: The phone call". 22 September 2013.
- "European chairman Delme Harries". Farmers Guardian. 30 September 2011.
- "North Antrim". www.ark.ac.uk.
- "Volunteer Now". Volunteer Now. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
|Party political offices|
| Ulster Unionist Party Leader
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
| MLA for North Antrim
| Ulster Unionist Chief Whip
6 April 2012 – 8 March 2017
| Chairperson of Public Accounts Committee
| Chair of the Employment & Learning Committee
27 February 2013 – 30 April 2016
|New title|| Chair of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Northern Ireland Assembly Branch
13 April 2015 – 13 June 2016
|New title|| Chair of the All Party Group on Congenital Heart Disease
30 February 2013 -
| Chair of the Chairpersons Liaison Group
October 2013 - September 2014
| Ulster Unionist Deputy Whip
9 May 2011 – 6 April 2012