Nicole Lappin is a qualified barrister and has practised in both Belfast and Dublin. Currently, she is an independent non-executive board member of the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service and chairs its audit committee. Previously, she was an inaugural member of the Education Authority. Together with her EA colleagues, Nicole oversaw the transition of five Education and Library Boards into a single organisation without loss of or reduction to services. In 2017 she was appointed as a non-executive director of the Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority and is a member of its audit committee. In addition to the above Nicole is a school governor at Craigavon Senior High School.