Minister - Department for Social Development
Nelson McCausland MLA
Nelson McCausland is a member of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). He was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) first in 2003, and held the office of Minster for Culture, Arts and Leisure from July 2009 - May 2011.
Mr McCausland was born in North Belfast in 1951. He was educated at Carr's Glen Primary School, Belfast Royal Academy, Worcester College, Oxford, and Queen's University Belfast.
He worked as a Science teacher in the Shankill area and was the first chairman of the Ulster-Scots Heritage Council which was founded in 1995. He was first elected to Belfast City Council in 1989 to represent the Castle area of North Belfast and held the position of High Sheriff of Belfast in 1997.
Mr McCausland has taken a particular interest in human rights, equality, culture and education during his time at the Northern Ireland Assembly and, in 2007, represented the DUP on the Bill of Rights Forum.
Nelson is married to Mary, who worked for many years as a radiographer in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. His main hobbies are reading and research and his interests include local history, culture, theology and gospel music.