Board of Directors

Lakeland Community Care’s Board of Directors are comprised of representatives from the 5 communities of Belcoo, Garrison, Derrygonnelly, Teemore and Newtownbutler. Each serves as a representative from their own community and offer different skills and perspectives to the panel.


 Margaret Gallagher MBE JP


Margaret Gallagher entered paid employment in 1988, after looking after her disabled father for 20 years as sole carer. Her managerial role in Action for Community Employment Scheme included responsibility for 35 workers in various roles throughout South West Fermanagh. Following on from this, she was awarded a fellowship from the Cadbury Trust to work in the heritage field through the Belcoo Heritage Society, until her retirement in 2006. She has been involved in the Historic Buildings Council, Historic Monuments Council and Heritage Lottery Fund for 10 years as a Co. Fermanagh representative. She was also on F.L.A.G. and L.S.P. boards. Margaret was awarded the MBE and James Harris Rotary Award in 1994 for service to the community. She was made Justice of the Peace in 1997. Margaret was Vice Chairperson of LCC for 12 years. She is now current chair. In addition to her work with LCC, she is also a member of Cleenish Parish Pastoral Council and Renewal Group.


Dr John Kirby


Dr John Kirby started his medical career at the Erne Hospital in 1981. From Galway on the shore of Lough Corrib, he found himself at home on the shores of Lough Erne. He returned to Fermanagh to work with his wife Dr Aisling Kirby in the Derrylin Medical Practice. As a founding director of LCC, he saw at first hand the profound benefit our Day Centres had on the often isolated lives of older members of the community. The domiciliary care service provided much needed employment and training thus empowering those who had left the workforce to raise a family. Supporting the community from within has always been his dictum. After 20 years, he remains committed to the original ideals of the charity.


Emmet McNulty

Financial Director

Emmett McNulty is a retired Utility ESB Utility Manager. He was one of the founding directors of Lakeland Community Care, and has been the financial director for 18 years, since its inception. Emmett is the secretary and a director for Melvin Enterprises Ltd a community organisation which oversees the work of Garrison Community Hall and its facilities. Through Melvin Enterprises, Emmett was involved in the management of the C.R.I.S.P. project in Garrison. This was for a capital project of 1.3 million which has achieved a pay-back sum of 20% on funding. In addition to his role of Utility Manager, Emmett has been a farmer for 37 years. He is a breeder of pedigree Angus cattle. He is a member of the Ulster Farmers Union, and M.E.D cross-border farming group. Through farming he has acquired qualifications in planning of farm business and a certificate in Beef Production Management.


Kathleen Creighton



Dr Lucia Maguire


Dr Lucia Maguire has been a director and trustee of Lakeland Community Care since 2005. She qualified from University College Dublin in 1995 with a degree in medicine. She completed her post-graduate training in Altnagelvin Hospital and the Waterside Health Centre in Derry. Lucia has worked as a general practitioner in the Erne Health Centre, Enniskillen since July 2000. Along with two partners she provides general medical services to a mixed urban-rural population. Over the past 13 years she has gained knowledge of a wide range of health and social issues as well as managing staff. This allows her to contribute as a director of Lakeland Community Care.


Ann Gallagher


Ann Gallagher joined the board of Lakeland Community Care in January 2012 filling the vacancy created by the death of her late husband, Councillor Gerry Gallagher, a founding member of the organisation. For thirty three years my late husband represented Erne West on Fermanagh District Council. Her home has therefore always been a place where the needs of those living in isolated rural communities were understood and where every avenue was explored in order to offer assistance and guidance to all sections of the community, especially the elderly and vulnerable. Ann is also a director of Melvin Enterprises Ltd, a small local community organisation, with responsibility for the management of Garrison Daycare Centre and Community Hall. She is pleased to carry out book-keeping and caretaking duties for Melvin Enterprises on a voluntary basis. Ann assists a local catering firm with the delivery of the Meals on Wheels service, thus keeping in touch with the elderly and most vulnerable in her area. She has recently joined the team of West Fermanagh Calling, based in County Leitrim, who offer a listening service to the lonely.


Teresa Burns


Teresa Burns has spent over thirty years working with different client groups in a range of social work positions. She undertook a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Queen’s University, Belfast and qualified as a social worker in 1978. Initially she worked as a Social Worker and subsequently as a Team leader in Family and Child Care Services. In 1987 she was appointed to a part-time Lecturer post in a local College of Further Education where she delivered courses in Health and Social Care. She worked as an Assessor for the Independent Living Fund, assessing the eligibility of individuals with disabilities for grants to enable independent living. In 1993 Teresa Burns returned to work in the field of Health and Social Services where she worked as Team Leader and later as Community Services Manager within Services for Older People. She was responsible for developing services and implementing the Care in the Community Policy and Reforms. She is interested in promoting the health and well-being of the local population through the delivery of high quality health and social care services. She is an advocate of community participation and working in partnership with other organisations. Teresa Burns is currently employed in a Safeguarding role within the voluntary sector and she is a panel member of the Northern Ireland Social Care Committee.


Noel McAllister


Noel worked for 40 years with Northern Bank, as a traditional Bank Manager, then Business Banking Manager, then Area Manager, then as a Senior Risk Manager up until my retirement in March 2012. I am a committee member of Fermanagh Gardening Society, past treasurer and member of Enniskillen Rotary Club, Chairman of Fermanagh Beekeepers Association and involved with the Ulster Beekeepers Association. I sing with Together One Voice and am a member of Churchill Silver Band. I am also a Friend of the County Museum and involved with a group supporting the National Trust locally. Myself and my wife are members of Fermanagh Ramblers and are keen walkers, having completed the Camino Frances in Northern Spain last April then off to India & Nepal in November.


Former Board of Directors;

  • Lawrence Magee MBE [1994-2012]
  • Gerry Gallagher RIP [1994-2011]

Lakeland Care Belcoo

Lakeland Care,

1 Lattone Road,


Enniskillen BT93 5AQ

Phone: 028 66334869