Niall Johnston

Niall Johnston


Currently, the Project Director for the UK Government-funded Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) Leadership Network, Niall is also the Parliamentary Advisor to the Somalia Stability Fund and an Advisor on FoRB to the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England. Niall has over 25 years’ experience delivering technical assistance and development support to parliaments in developed, developing, fragile and conflict-affected environments across more than 60 countries and 170 legislatures.

A former army officer and an Anglican priest since 1993, he is particularly interested in issues around support to legislatures in the context of transitional democracies, especially in the Muslim world and in the leadership aspects of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Centre for Democracy and Peace Building Annual Report 2024

We find ourselves in a cultural moment of uncertainty as domestic and global challenges persist. Whether it is the cost of living crisis, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, or the war and humanitarian crisis in Gaza, leadership is required more than ever and the importance of peace building critical. This year has been dubbed the year of voting, with more than two billion people heading to the polls in 2024. Quite simply, it is the biggest election year in history. And yet, democracy has never felt so fragile; it seems to be on the ballot itself.