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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.[1] He was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2011 and was re-elected in the 2016 and 2017 Assembly Elections.

Robin Swann

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Robin Swann MLA
Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party
Assumed office
8 April 2017
Preceded byMike Nesbitt
Ulster Unionist Chief Whip
In office
6 April 2012 – 8 April 2017
Preceded byJohn McCallister
Succeeded bySteve Aiken
Member of the Legislative Assembly for Antrim North
Assumed office
Preceded byRobert Coulter
Personal details
Born (1971-09-24) 24 September 1971 (age 47)
Kells, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Political partyUlster Unionist Party
Spouse(s)Jennifer Swann
ResidenceKells, County Antrim
Alma materOpen University
WebsiteRobin Swann official website

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[citation needed] which commenced the Inquiry into the RHI scandal.

He also served as Chairperson of the Employment and Learning Committee on 27 February 2013 a position he held until the Committee was dissolved on 30 April 2016.[citation needed]

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.[2] 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.[citation needed]

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.[3]



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.[citation needed]

Political ActivityEdit

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.[4]

Current PositionsEdit

Chairman of All Party Group on Congenital Heart Disease (30 Apr 2013 – present);

Loyal ordersEdit

Voluntary and community positions/rolesEdit

Previously held positionsEdit

  • Slemish Credit Union
  • Antrim Agricultural Society
  • Volunteer Development Agency[5]
  • 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


  1. ^ "Ulster Unionist Party confirm Robin Swann as new leader" BBC News, 8 April 2017, accessed 11 April 2017
  2. ^ "The Journey Begins: The phone call". 22 September 2013.
  3. ^ "European chairman Delme Harries". Farmers Guardian. 30 September 2011.
  4. ^ "North Antrim".
  5. ^ "Volunteer Now". Volunteer Now. Retrieved 4 March 2017.


Succession boxesEdit

Party political offices
Preceded by
Mike Nesbitt
Ulster Unionist Party Leader
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Robert Coulter
MLA for North Antrim
Preceded by
John McCallister
Ulster Unionist Chief Whip
6 April 2012 – 8 March 2017
Succeeded by
Steve Aiken
Preceded by
Michaela Boyle
Chairperson of Public Accounts Committee
2016 –2017
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Basil McCrea
Chair of the Employment & Learning Committee
27 February 2013 – 30 April 2016
Committee abolished
New title Chair of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Northern Ireland Assembly Branch

13 April 2015 – 13 June 2016
Succeeded by
Jo-Anne Dobson
New title Chair of the All Party Group on Congenital Heart Disease
30 February 2013 -
Preceded by
Alex Maskey
Chair of the Chairpersons Liaison Group
October 2013 - September 2014
Succeeded by
Patsy McGlone
Preceded by
Billy Armstrong
Ulster Unionist Deputy Whip
9 May 2011 – 6 April 2012
Succeeded by
Sandra Overend