|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Belfast East
2011 – May 2016
|Preceded by||Dawn Purvis|
|Succeeded by||Naomi Long|
31 October 1975 |
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
|Alma mater||Robert Gordon University
Queen's University Belfast 
Cochrane is a lifelong resident of East Belfast, having been born and raised in Bloomfield and educated at Strandtown Primary School and Methodist College Belfast. After earning her Bachelor's in Nutrition at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, she returned to Belfast to complete her Master's in Business Administration at Queen's University, Belfast.
Prior to her election as MLA, Cochrane served as a Councillor on Castlereagh Borough Council between 2005 and 2011 and worked in the Department for Social Development and as a Management Consultant for SMEs in Northern Ireland.
During her term at Stormont, Cochrane sat on the Finance and Personnel Committee and was a member of the Assembly Commission. She founded the All Party Group on SMEs and was a member of the All Party Group on Cancer, the All Party Group on Tourism, and the All Party Group on Rugby, which she co-founded and served on as vice chair.
Cochrane is married to Jonathan with whom she has two children. The family reside in East Belfast and actively attend Bloomfield Presbyterian Church.
- Sharon Ferguson (9 May 2011). "Out with the old and in with the new at Stormont". BBC News. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
- "Robinson rules out Westminster bid". The Belfast Telegraph. 8 May 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
- "NI Assembly election: Who is stepping down from Stormont?". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-07-29.
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|MLA for East Belfast
2011 - 2016
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