Meet our Experts by Experience

The Western Trust is delighted to introduce the seven members of the public who have been chosen as our Experts by Experience in the Pathfinder process. We’ll be introducing one each day in the coming week. 

The group will be working with the Trust as part of the Pathfinder engagement process for Fermanagh and West Tyrone.

The Experts by Experience are Joey Kelly from Loughmacrory, Barry Boyle from Cooneen, Fermanagh, Barry Mimnagh from Ederney, Noel Baxter from Ballinamallard, Caroline Wheeler from Enniskillen, Dianne Little from Fermanagh and Kevin Taylor from Omagh.

The individuals were chosen in conjunction with the Personal and Public Involvement (PPI) forum because of their experience and expertise in health and community. 

The group met last Tuesday for an introduction day to meet the Pathfinder team as well as Anne Kilgallen, Chief Executive of the Western Trust and Kieran Downey, Deputy Chief Executive of the Western Trust and the Director of Pathfinder. 


Joey Kelly

Joey lives in Loughmacrory with his wife and three grown-up children. He was diagnosed with multiple carcinoids of the stomach in 2005 and underwent a 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.



Caroline Wheeler:

Caroline lives in Enniskillen and is a mother of three and grandmother to four-month-old Kara in Australia. She is a full-time carer for her son Lee who was diagnosed with diploid triploid mosaic syndrome. He is one of 67 people in the world with the extremely rare condition. Caroline is an active member of the community in Fermanagh and sits on numerous groups. She is a lifelong advocate for people’s health and wellbeing and her hobbies include walking her dog Charlie, swimming and gardening.



Barry Mimnagh:

Barry has worked in health care for 23 years. He was a psychiatric nursing assistant and later became a pharmacist after completing a Masters in pharmacy in 2003. He has worked in Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital in Omagh, Claire House and Erne Hospital in Enniskillen. Barry currently serves in the NHS’ Health Research Authority and is a Member of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland. Barry lives in Ederney with his wife and three sons, and he is a carer for his son Daniel who is severely disabled.



Dianne Little:

Dianne is a project manager and a business woman from west Fermanagh. She established the FUEL and FIND youth projects in Enniskillen, where she gained experience in risk and protective factors around youth mental health and wellbeing. She worked with the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young people (NICCY) in facilitating youth leadership, conducted one of the largest surveys on youth drug and alcohol abuse in NI and co-produced the ‘We Wanna Be Safe’ report. With a background in sociology, she has training and experience in mediation, collaborative problem solving, suicide prevention and working with autism, challenging behaviour and disabilities. Years of voluntary experience in community health, environmental and wellbeing issues has made her a keen advocate of community empowerment and equality in health and social wellbeing issues.



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.