Richard Bullick served in the capacity of Special Advisor to the First Minister in Northern Ireland from 2008-2017 working for Peter Robinson and more latterly Arlene Foster.
During that time he was involved in helping formulate policy across government and working with other parties to ensure the smooth functioning of the Executive. In that time Richard established good working relations with other political parties and senior officials in the Northern Ireland administration and beyond.
He was educated at the Royal School, Armagh and the Queen’s University of Belfast before being called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1996. Richard practiced as a Barrister, full time, until 2000. Richard is also a member of the New York State Bar.
Richard has been involved in politics and elections for over 20 years. He is a former chairman of the Queen’s University of Belfast Conservative Association and joined the Democratic Unionist Party in 2000.
Richard was the longest serving Special Advisor in the Northern Ireland Administration. From 2000-2002 he was Special Advisor to the Minister for Regional Development. He served as Head of Policy for the DUP during the suspension of the Assembly from 2002-2007. During this time he was closely involved in the negotiations which led to the restoration of devolution.
When devolution was restored in 2007 Richard became Special Advisor in the Department for Finance and Personnel. He became Special Advisor to the First Minister in June 2008 when Peter Robinson was appointed as First Minister. His particular areas of responsibility included the economy, speechwriting and advising on party strategy. He has been closely involved in every talks process in the last decade.
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