Kellie Armstrong MLA is the Alliance Party MLA for the Strangford Constituency.
Kellie has been an active member of the Alliance Party for over 7 years. She has held various positions including: secretary and chair of the local Strangford Association, convenor of the Political Organisation – the Party committee that oversees election and activist activities, member of the Party Executive, a member of the Alliance Women’s Group and Vice Chair of the Party.
Prior to election to the Assembly Kellie was co-opted to replace Kieran McCarthy as Councillor on Ards Borough Council and then elected in 2014 to Ards and North Down Borough Council representing the Ards Peninsula. Kellie stood as the Alliance Westminster candidate in 2015 securing the highest ever vote for an Alliance representative in the Strangford constituency.
Kellie has over 16 years’ experience and skills in transport operations and legislation and is the Party’s spokesperson on Infrastructure.
Kellie is a member of the NI Assembly’s Committee for Infrastructure
that holds to account the Department’s actions with respect to public
transport, roads, water services and Planning matters.
Kellie is also the Alliance Vice Chair of the Audit Committee scrutinizing
the work of the NI Audit Office.
Kellie is committed to integrated education and will be taking forward
her private member’s bill to legislate for better protection and promotion
of integrated education across Northern Ireland.
Kellie is also committed to ensuring better access to services for people with disabilities. Having grown up with a brother with learning disabilities Kellie has first-hand experience of the issues faced by people with disabilities and their families. In March 2016 over 8500 people signed her petition calling on both the Health and Education Ministers to reduce diagnosis waiting times and provide better access to services for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Kellie supports the call for post 16 education for older children with disabilities and has submitted a petition to the Minister for Education calling on the creation of a 6th form at Killard House School. Kellie also supports several groups that help adults with disabilities and their carers. Kellie has called on the Minister for Infrastructure to stop prioritising tarmac over people and ensure Blue Badges are processed more effectively.
For 9 years Kellie was the Northern Ireland Director of Community Transport Association (CTA), delivering transport solutions for older people and people with disabilities through community led initiatives. Kellie provided legal and technical advice to organisations and government on transport legislation. Kellie provided business development and governance advice and support for over 150 community organisations to enable better delivery of accessible transport services.
Married with a daughter who attends integrated education, Kellie lives on a wildlife reserve on the Ards Peninsula. Kellie is a former Camogie player who continues to support local GAA clubs in the Upper Ards area.