About Us

Founded in 1991, South West Mayo Development Company (SWMDC) is a community-owned and volunteer-led Local Development Company (LDC), which was established to implement the pilot LEADER European Rural Development Programme in south west Mayo. 

SWMDC has been a cornerstone of the local, rural, community development and social inclusion sectors in Mayo for three decades. We now employ 52 people, with an additional 450 people employed through social employment schemes. 

Our geographical remit for some programmes now covers all of County Mayo and stretches into Roscommon and Galway. While our initial focus was on rural and community development, social inclusion and employment/activation are now significant areas of work in the company. 

Through the work of SWMDC, communities, enterprises and people across Mayo and the wider western region have benefitted from training, capacity building, animation, investment and the development of projects. All our work is based on the fundamental principle that our interactions with people and communities should be empoweringenriching and energising. 

SWMDC – Growth and Change since 1991

1991
1992
1995
1996
1998
2000
2000
2004
2005
2009
2009
2009
2009
2010
2011
2011
2011
2012
2015
2016
2016
2016
2016
2016
2017
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Our Board

Our Staff

Management Team

Kevin Cunniffe

RRS & Tús Initiative Coordinator

Maria McHale

Social Inclusion Coordinator

Mary O'Malley

Financial Controller

Community Employment

Norah Campbell

CE West Assistant Supervisor

Ann Connor

CE West Supervisor

Declan Walsh

CE South Supervisor

Finance and Administration Team

Cathy Connor

Office Administrator (Balla)

Margaret Lawless

Office Administrator (Newport)

Leanne Loftus

Office Administrator (Newport)

Peg McGrail

Finance Administrator

Fiona McGreal

Finance Administrator

Roma Malinovskaja

Finance Administrator

Ann Moogan

Finance & Office Administrator

Majella Mulchrone

Finance Administrator

Fionuala O'Malley

Company Secretary

Sinead Salmon

Finance & Office Administrator

Hosted Employees

Niail Cherbatji

Health Liaison Worker, EROC Ballaghadereen

Geraldine Leneghan

Community Futures Coordinator, Mayo County Council

Annalisa Murphy

Community Futures Coordinator, Mayo County Council

Harold Slok

Social Care Leader – Social Inclusion, EROC Ballaghadereen

LEADER Programme

Norita Clesham

LEADER Community Project Officer

Sue O'Toole

LEADER Senior Enterprise Project Officer

Welcoming & Including New Communities (WIN)

Natalya Pestova

Direct Provision Support Officer & WIN Project Officer

Patricia Quinn

WIN Outreach & Training Officer

Office Maintenance

Ann Marie McManamon

Newport Office Maintenance

Padraig Grimes

Balla Office Maintenance

Rural Social Scheme Team

Gabrielle Clesham

Rural Social Scheme Supervisor

Padraic Corcoran

Rural Social Scheme Supervisor

Martina Fadden

Rural Social Scheme Supervisor

Patricia Jennings

Rural Social Scheme Supervisor

Frank McNeela

Rural Social Scheme Supervisor

Chris Mannion

Rural Social Scheme Supervisor

Noel Mulroy

Rural Social Scheme Supervisor

Maura Murphy

Rural Social Scheme Supervisor

Mark Reed

Rural Social Scheme Supervisor

Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)

Abdelhalim Bouacha

Intercultural Worker/Translator

Ann Marie Carroll

Employment & Training Officer

Caroline Healy

Community Development, Education & Training Officer

Catherine McCloskey

Youth & Community Development

Breda Murray

Self-Employment Specialist

Tracie O’Leary

Lifelong Learning Officer

Rachel Rose

Resettlement Support Worker

Social Farming

Deirdre Fahey

Regional Development Officer

Tús Initiative Team

Mairead Dooley

Tús Supervisor

Brian Finn

Tús Supervisor

Trevor Grimes

Tús Supervisor

Tony Hynes

Tús Supervisor

Olivia Kitterick

Tús Supervisor

Walks Scheme & Rural Recreation

Martin Dillane

Rural Recreation Officer & Walks Scheme

Western Region Drug & Alcohol Task Force

Gillian Conway

Drug Education Support Worker

Patrick Conway

Community Liaison Worker

Our Team