The Mid and East Antrim LAG Board and Staff
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.
|Cllr Angela Smyth||Cllr Ruth Wilson||Jack Johsnton|
|Cllr Audrey Wales||Cllr Stephen Nicholl||Kelli Bagchus|
|Cllr James McKeown||Cllr William Henry||Norman Worthington|
|Ald Maureen Morrow||Cllr Lynn McClurg||Roy Beggs|
|Cllr Reuben Glover||William Cross||Sam Crowe|
|Ald Robert Cherry||Edward Adamson||Sandy Wilson|
|Cllr Robert Logan||Herbie Francis||Valerie Blake|
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.
There are currently 15 wider LAG members; each of whom works, lives or has a demonstrable interest in the Mid and East Antrim area.
Membership of the Wider LAG is ongoing throughout the programme. 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|
|Andrew has strategic and operation responsibility for the Rural Development Programme. He oversees the programmes delivery and implementation.||
T: 028 2563 3286
|Pat Mulvenna - Investment & Funding Development Manager|
|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.||
T: 028 2563 3365
|Jennifer Harris - Project Officer|
|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.||
T: 028 2563 3368
|Janice Cooper - Communication & Projects Officer (Currently on Leave)|
|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.||
T: 028 2563 3367
|Margaret Graham - Administration & Monitoring Support Officer|
|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.||
T: 028 2563 3266
|Vivian Walsh - Project Officer|
|As Projects Officer Vivienne 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 Vivienne will be on hand to help you until successful completion.||
T: 028 2563 3371
|Marie Glass - Claims and Monitoring Officer|
|Marie advises applicants regarding the procurement and public tender process according to the Rural Development operational rules. She processes claims for payment and carry's out regular monitoring of objectives and targets for projects.||
T: 028 2563 3188
|Ashley Ritchie - Finanace Manager|
|As Finance Manager Ashley is tasked with dealing with all the finances of the Rural Development Programme. This involves verifying grant claims, setting budgets and providing financial analysis as and when required. She also deals with all programme procurement.||
T: 028 2563 3370