Norman Houston has over 38 years of experience working as a senior official in the Northern Ireland Civil Service. He has spearheaded the Executive’s international strategy in the United States and Canada since 2007, and was the first Northern Ireland diplomat to escort the First Minister and deputy First Minister into the Oval Office to meet with then-President George W. Bush. Norman has since facilitated similar meetings with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. During his time in Washington, Norman has strengthened the Bureau’s profile on Capitol Hill and within the larger diplomatic community.
In June 2018, Norman was awarded an OBE (Office of the British Empire) by Her Majesty The Queen.
Norman was born and raised in Larne (County Antrim). He has an adult daughter and son. He received a first-class honours degree in Modern History from The Open University.