Mid and East Antrim Local Action Group

The Mid and East Antrim LAG Board and Staff

Photograph of a wire sign saying Hello

A Message From the Board

"We are committed to managing and delivering this Programme for the economic benefit and social well-being of Mid and East Antrim and its people."

Roy Beggs MBE
MEA LAG Chairman​

Our LAG Board is the executive group charged with the assessment and delivery of the Rural Development Programme funding.

Its role is to:

  • Implement the programme
  • Decide on applications
  • Ensure that the profile of the programme is high
  • Deliver our agreed strategic aim

The Board operates on a voluntary basis and is made up of elected members and social partners from the business, farming, community and voluntary sectors.

Ald Maureen Morrow Valerie Blake Victor Hart
Cllr Paul Maguire Sandy Wilson Ald Maureen Morrow
Cllr Reuben Glover Vivienne Walsh Cllr Ruth Wilson
Cllr William Henry Cllr Lynn McClurg Cllr Angela Smyth
Cllr Audrey Wales Cllr Robert Logan Eamonn Matthews
Cllr Stephen Nicholl Edward Adamson John Beggs
Emma McIlveen Kelli Bagchus Orla Black

Wider LAG

Our wider LAG is a community of people with an interest in the local area. The wider LAG’s role is to guide the overall strategy and progress of the programme. The wider LAG may also be involved in assessment panels, thematic groups, networking and so on.

A recruitment process for the wider LAG was carried out from October to December 2014. 89 members have been recruited; each of whom works, lives or has a demonstrable interest in the Mid and East Antrim area.

Membership of the Wider LAG is now closed but will reopen at a future date. This will be advertised via our website and in the local press. Alternatively you can contact us to register your interest.

Meet our staff

A Message From the Staff

"This Rural Development Programme represents a fantastic opportunity and we are here to help you realise it."

The Team at Rural Development


Andrew McAlister - Investment and Funding Delivery Manager
Photograph of Andrew McAlister from MEA LAG Andrew has strategic and operation responsibility for the Rural Development Programme. He oversees the programmes delivery and implementation.

E: andrew.mcalister@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

T: 028 2563 3286

Pat Mulvenna - Investment & Funding Development Manager
Photograph of Pat Mulvenna from MEA LAG Pat's role is to identify external opportunities for the various departments within Council and to assist with writing applications, identifying appropriate transnational partners and managing relationships with funding and investment organisations.

E: pat.mulvenna@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

T: 028 2563 3365

Jennifer Harris - Project Officer
Photograph of Jennifer Harris from MEA LAG As Projects Officer Jennifer is the first point of contact for any queries about the Rural Development Programme. She will help you establish whether you qualify for funding and will talk you through the application process. Once projects are up and running Jennifer will be on hand to help you until successful completion.

E: jennifer.harris@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

T: 028 2563 3368

Janice Cooper - Communication & Projects Officer
Photograph of Janice Cooper from MEA LAG Janice's role involves providing a communication, networking and public relations service to the Rural Development Programme. She is tasked with increasing and promoting the programme through producing press releases, newsletters, leaflets, maintaining the programme website and organising events.

E: janice.cooper@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

T: 028 2563 3367

Nicola Murray - Claims & Monitoring Officer
Photograph of Nicola Murray from MEA LAG Nicola advises applicants regarding the procurement & public tender process according to the Rural Development operational rules. She processes claims for payment and carry's out regular monitoring of objectives & targets for projects.

E: nicola.murray@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

T: 028 2563 3268

Margaret Graham - Administration & Monitoring Support Officer
Photograph of Margaret Graham from MEA LAG Margaret provides administration support to the Rural Development Programme through organising & facilitating meetings and other rural development events. She also deals with queries from potential applicants.

E: margaret.graham@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

T: 028 2563 3266