Sammy Douglas lives in East Belfast and was formerly a self-employed, social and economic regeneration advisor to East Belfast Partnership as well as a former Community Advisor to First Minister Peter Robinson, MLA.

For over twenty years, Sammy has been at the forefront of regeneration in the East Belfast area. He has extensive experience, much of it on a voluntary basis, of working at a local and area-wide level with community, voluntary and church groups.

Formerly with the International Fund for Ireland, Sammy helped to promote and foster social economy and job creation projects that attracted around £50 million of funding for initiatives in inner and outer East Belfast. He is also a founding member and Project Champion of the Connswater Community Greenway, a £32 million Linear Park investment.

In November 2002, Sammy was awarded an MBE for Services to the Community and a Commendation for Outstanding Leadership by the US Department of Commerce.

Sammy was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in May 2011 and sits on departmental committees for Employment and Learning and Enterprise, Trade & Investment.