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Board Members

Philip Dean

Philip has been involved in community development since 1993 to include projects centred around young men's training and women's engagement programmes as part of EU peacebuilding measures. Philip has also been involved in local politics, holding office of General Secretary of the Ulster Democratic Party, during which time he completed leadership training at University of Maryland. Philip is dedicated to working towards safer communities, holding Chair of the Welcome BME Project in Lisburn and is a member of the Lisburn PCSP, having held office of Vice Chair.

Philip has been a Director of several community based organisations, focusing on disadvantaged areas and has more recently been a driving force in community regeneration through linking social enterprise where he manages community projects and social enterprises. This has led him to becoming a founding Director of The Resurgam Trust which he chairs and which is aiming to create regeneration within disadvantaged areas of Lisburn and encourage social enterprise.   Philip assists with our Lisburn Peoples Support Project, a community and youth development organisation concentrating on areas such as youth provision, peace-building, training and community safety.  

Gareth Walker

Gareth Walker

Gareth Walker is a father of one who has been employed within the public sector for the last 20 years. During this time he has also been a member of Lisburn Peoples Support Project and has been central to the development of a local social economy business, namely Premier Taxi Company Ltd where he is a Voluntary Company Director.

Prior to this he had been active in local politics and completed a Young Political Leadership Course through Boston College, USA. He still maintains involvement with a locally based political lobbying group where he currently holds the position of Secretary and takes a keen interest in national political interests.

An avid sports fan he is secretary of a local football supporters club and has taken a keen interest in the furtherance of a health and well being centre currently being developed by the Resurgam Trust.

Monika Lubasinska

Monika Lubasinska is originally from Poland and made Lisburn her home in 2007. She is married and has two children, Gabriela and Adam Jr. In 2008 Monika became involved with the Welcome Project based in Old Warren Estate in Lisburn and after discovering a gap in the youth provision, she established the Bilingual Youth Project for children and young people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds in the Lisburn area. In 2011 Monika was invited to sit as a volunteer director on the Resurgam Trust Board Committee to represent BME communities in the area. Monika is now professionally qualified, having completed a PgDip (Postgraduate Diploma) in Community Youth Work with Ulster University in Jordanstown. Recently she qualified as a Welfare Advisor completing OCN Welfare Rights Adviser Programme and is now employed by the Welcome Project to support BME communities in the area.

Lesley Haslem

Lesley Haslem has lived in Lisburn all her life and is a Mother of one, attended and left high school with a number of GCSEs. Proceeded to Lisburn Technical College to study and complete an NVQ in Beauty Therapy. After completing her course she decided to join the care sector and was involved in various aspects of domiciliary care including supported living for adults with autism and learning disabilities. Completed an evening course in Level 2 Hairdressing before finally gaining a job with one of Resurgam Trusts Social Enterprises. Lesley commenced employment with Premier Taxi Company as an operator 4 years ago however for the last 2 years she has held the very important position of Office Manager. She is currently studying a book keeping course, with a view to doing an accounting course. In her spare time she regularly attends a local gym and enjoys spending time with her young daughter.  

Colin Halliday

Colin Halliday

Colin Halliday has worked within the community/voluntary sector for the last 25 years. Colin is working in conflict transformation and peacebuilding initiatives across the province supported by Lisburn People's Support Project. Colin is a founding member and current director (chair) of New Horizons Credit Union Limited and a Director of Lisburn Community Self-Build Limited.  Colin has developed many contacts throughout the community and voluntary sector and during this process has developed a range of personal skills.  Colin is an experienced facilitator and specialises in mediation and negotiation. Throughout his career he has managed numerous European Union funded peace projects and has developed a good understanding of governance, finances and strategic planning.

Joanne Casey

Joanne Casey

Joanne is married with two young children, Chloe and Jack and currently lives in Katesbridge.  Joanne has been involved in the social economy for over 10 years now and was appointed to the position of Centre Manager for LaganView in June 2007.

After graduating from Jordanstown with a distinction in her Masters in Communication, Advertising and Public Relations (CAP) Joanne worked for a brief spell as a Learner Support Worker in Banbridge. Following this she began her work with the Social Economy sector as part of an EU funded project (BITSE) providing IT Support and Consultancy to local community groups as well as for the private and public sector in Banbridge District Enterprises.  Her passion and enthusiasm was a direct result of her appointment to her current position.  Joanne successfully manages the day to day operation of the centre as well as its workspace and is also now responsible for the general maintenance, operations and health and safety of LaganView Community Gym which opened in October 2013.  As with managing all projects, Joanne has become responsible for all administrative and financial duties for both LaganView Enterprise Centre and LaganView Community Gym.

Joanne recently attended a two day course run by BIFM “Understanding Facilities Management and hopes to commence studies for the Level 3 Award in this.  Joanne has also completed the City & Guilds level 3 certificate in Health Trainers. As a voluntary Director of Resurgam Joanne is also part of the steering group and as a result has become heavily involved in some of their initiatives namely Health and Wellbeing and Domiciliary Care.

Tracey Black

Tracey has been volunteering and been involved in community development since 1996. She has lived in Lisburn all her life and is the mother to 2 young children. Over the years Tracey has been part of a number of our Youth Groups and then progressed to assisting to set up 2 Women's groups in her local area. Tracey also worked in our Raggety Bap pre-school for 5yrs. At present not only is she a member of our Board but she also volunteers on a number of our existing projects and she was very active in helping organise our recent Creative Expressions Exhibition and the Exhibition / Activities to help us mark the 20th Anniversary of our LPSP. In her spare time she likes to attend any courses or events that help her to improve her skills or knowledge.