Dr Maurice Hayes is a graduate in Literature and Law from Queen's University.
His working life has been spent in the public service in Northern Ireland as Town Clerk, Head of Human Resources, Northern Ireland Civil Service, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health and Social Services, and Northern Ireland Ombudsman.
Dr Hayes was also the first chairman of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Commission and a member of the Human Rights Commission.
He acted as electoral boundary commissioner, senior adviser to the chair of the Constitutional Convention, and as chair of a body to review acute hospital services.
He authored the report that led to the establishment of the office of the Police Ombudsman and chaired a review of acute hospital services.
Dr Hayes served for 10 years as an independent member of Seanad Eireann (1997-2007) and he was chairman of the Irish National Forum on Europe, former chairman of the Ireland Funds in Ireland and Irish European Person of the Year in 2003.
He was a non-executive director of Independent Newspapers for many years up to 2009.