Meet our Experts by Experience

Pathfinder has coproduction at the core of its agenda and to assist with this there are currently four Experts by Experience who were selected from a variety of people who individually applied to become part of the Project. These individuals are all interested in health matters in their area for very different and personal reasons. They are now getting involved in the workstreams that are coming from the Stakeholder Events. The Pathfinder Team would encourage any staff wishing to improve their service to involve service users to benefit from their insight, experience and to give a much greater value to their work.  

The role of Experts by Experience will evolve as the project develops and gathers momentum. The role of the Experts by Experience (EBE) is to support, empower and ensure that service users including themselves are empowered to be involved working with a solution focused approach and promote joint responsibility forachieving positive outcomes.   

The Health and Social Care Reform Act (NI) 2009 placed a statutory legislative requirement on Health and Social Care (HSC) organisations to involve and consult patients, families, carers and local communities on the planning, delivery and evaluation of services.   

Experts by Experience will help guide and influence, and uphold the Principles of Co-production. There is a complete resource with regard to Personal and Public Involvement (PPI) and Co-Production on the Engage website, available at:


Joey Kelly

Joey lives in Loughmacrory with his wife and three grown-up children. He was diagnosed with stomach carcinoids in 2005 and underwent a total radical gastrectomy. Joey has been a part of the Termonmaguirc Cancer Patients Comfort Fund since 2007 and has been the chairman for the past five years. He was one of the first male clients to use the services of the Charis Integrated Cancer Care and has been meeting people who have recently been diagnosed with cancer.



Barry Boyle:

Barry lives on a family farm in Cooneen, Fermanagh. He has been employed by the Fermanagh Rural Community Network since October 2003. Barry represents the FRCN on a number of partnership bodies including the Western Health and Social Care Trust Public and Personal Involvement Forum and the Fermanagh and Omagh Community Planning Partnership. He is a member of his local community group, Cooneen/Coonian Community Development Association.



Noel Baxter:

Noel is a retired dairy farmer from Ballinamallard, husband to Eva and a father of four. Due to his youngest daughter’s rare condition, West’s syndrome, Noel has extensive experience with the NHS over the last 30 years and is extremely interested in how services will be provided in the future.



Kevin Taylor:

Kevin lives in Omagh and is 60 years old. He’s been lobbying for better provision of services in the West for 20 years and was proud to see an air ambulance brought to the region after his lobbying for one. He is also trained on the expert patients programme.