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our team

A board of directors governs NLT Ireland. There are currently five directors. The board is responsible for ensuring that the organisation complies with statutory obligations and operates within recognised standards of good governance. Audited accounts and an annual report are produced each year.

The board oversees strategy, financial regulation, internal policies, fundraising, project development and management.  Board members provide their time and skill on a voluntary basis.

In setting and overseeing the direction of NLT Ireland, the board members bring a wide variety of skills. They meet quarterly with the administrator.

Mike Winterburn
Mike Winterburn

Chairperson: Mike Winterburn volunteered with Nepal Leprosy Trust for four years in the early 1990s. As well as helping to develop glazes in our Kathmandu pottery, he started NLT’s social programmes at Lalgadh Hospital with a model farm, income generating schemes and discussions in local communities that reduced the stigma surrounding leprosy. 

He now lectures in IT at Limerick Institute of Technology and, in his spare time, enjoys gardening.


Patricia Linehan
Tricia Linehan

Director:  Tricia Linehan has worked as a software developer for over 20 years. More recently she has worked as a financial administrator for a number of charities.



Debbie Thomas
Debbie Thomas

Director:  Debbie Thomas trained as a BBC radio journalist. She lived for ten years in Bangladesh and South Africa where she worked for international aid agencies and never quite dared to go shark diving.

Now living in Ireland, she has written 4 middle grade children’s books. She is the Writer in Residence at Crumlin Children’s Hospital School and a teaching author on Irish Aid’s WorldWise Global Schools development education scheme. Her dream is to bungee jump from a bridge in Ecuador.


Dr David Weakliam
Dr David Weakliam

Director:  Dr. David Weakliam is a doctor, specialised in public health medicine and general practice, and has worked in global health since 1988.  He worked overseas for twelve years with Tearfund and GOAL in Nepal, Liberia, Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo.  From 1995 to 2003 he worked in Nepal with United Mission to Nepal.

 On returning to Ireland, he worked from 2003 to 2007 as Health Adviser with Irish Aid, the Government’s aid programme.  David is now a consultant in Public Health Medicine in the Health Service Executive (HSE) and is Programme Lead for the HSE Global Health Programme. 


Steve Walsh
Steve Walsh

Director: Steve Walsh spent several life-changing months in Nepal with NLT back in 1999 prior to launching into studies and career from the perspective of love for people and awareness of the economic injustice in our world. Steve is passionate about productivity, employment, systems, skills and education. He lives his today always looking ahead to the next step.

He has a PhD in Wireless Telecommunications, 10 years of experience in the enterprise software industry and is currently a CTO for a Belfast-based software startup.

vera-passport-241x300Administrator – part time: Vera McEvoy.

Vera is an Irish artist and a graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She was owner manager of an Irish small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) for more than 25 years.

If you have a query for a board member please write in to us at 83 Ballygoran View, Celbridge, Co Kildare or email