Lean Operations – Enormous Benefits

  • Event: Lean Operations – Enormous Benefits
  • Date: 10/11/2015
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Venue: Molex, Shannon Industrial Estate, Shannon, Clare
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‘Lean’ has historically been associated with manufacturing. However, an increasing number of companies are bringing down their costs, eliminating waste and increasing their profit margins through implementing ‘lean’ principles throughout their entire operations. The benefits of doing so are enormous.

This half-day seminar, which involves national and international speakers, has been structured to:

  • encourage a greater take-up of ‘lean’ in business, at manufacturing and administrative levels
  • show, through practical case studies, how companies introduce and operate ‘lean’
  • outline the types and levels of enterprise supports available to businesses initiating ‘lean’
  • introduce IDA/EI’s LEAN Partnership Programme


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Registration from 7:30 am

Spaces are limited to the first 80 applicants. Early booking is advised.

Please register to attend this event by:  November 8, 2015

Member Fee  €10 / Non Members  €20


Alan Keogh, Plant Manager, Molex Ireland

Alan Keogh

Alan joined Molex Ireland as Plant Manager in June, 2015. Before joining Molex, he spent over 20 years with Johnson & Johnson both in Ireland and the US in Operational and Engineering management roles. Prior to that he worked in the Electronics Industry in both Germany and China. Alan is trained to Master Black Belt level in Lean & Six Sigma and holds an honours Engineering Degree and a first class honours Master’s Degree in Lean Sigma Systems from the University of Limerick.

Breda O’Toole, Head of Department, Business Development & Client Networking, IDA


Breda joined IDA Ireland 12 years ago after spending much of her career in the UK.  She has worked as IDA’s Head of HR, Regional Business Development and most recently heads up a team supporting 250 small to medium sized multinational companies in the IDA portfolio.  Breda was educated in Kylemore Abbey, Co Galway and Shannon College of Hotel Management, undertaking a master’s degree in Human Resource Management with Manchester Metropolitan University.  Like her colleagues, Breda is passionate about the growth and development of companies in Ireland and developing the competence that Ireland has, to maintain its competitive edge as the location for foreign direct investment.

Richard Keegan, Manager Competitiveness Department, Enterprise Ireland

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Richard is a specialist in the areas of Lean/World Class Business and Benchmarking with Enterprise Ireland. He advises major companies in Europe. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Business School at Trinity College Dublin, lecturing to MBA on Operations Strategy and undergraduate level on Operations Management, and is a visiting associate professor at the University of Northern Iowa. He has worked previously for DAF Trucks, Nokia, Nestle and the ESB. His third last book, Applied Benchmarking for Competitiveness has been published in Ireland and India and has been published in a translated form in Portugal and Italy.  His most recent publication, published on the 1st June 2015, Lean Service, is co-authored with Eddie O’Kelly, Prof Emeritus, NUI Galway.

Elaine Daly, Partner and Head of Business Consulting, Grant Thornton

Elaine Daly

Elaine joined Grant Thornton in 2006 and has over 16 years’ experience in the provision of business consulting advisory services having previously worked for the business consulting units of two other leading Irish accounting firms. Her key areas of expertise include: strategy planning and financial modelling assignments; governance, operational and organisational reviews, profit enhancement and cost efficiency analysis, business process re-engineering/lean six sigma and business plan and project management. Elaine has worked in healthcare for both public and private sector clients across a broad range of assignments.

Oliver McCarthy, Operations Manager, Tekelek Europe Ltd

Oliver McCarthy

Oliver joined Tekelek in 2010 as Operations Manager with responsibility for all aspects of supply-chain and manufacturing across their facilities in Ireland, UK and China. Prior to joining Tekelek, Oliver worked in Operations and Production Management roles with KCI manufacturing in Athlone, Celestica Ireland in Galway, Hewlett Packard and Intel. Oliver has a mechanical engineering background with extensive experience in automated manufacturing across the electronics and medical device industries and is no stranger to lean!

Peter Willmott, Willmott Solutions Limited

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Peter Willmott is a Chartered Engineer and FIEE and has a B.Tech (Hons) in Production Engineering. He is a renowned authority on the application of Total Productive Maintenance in the western world and is the author of two books on the subject. Peter has accumulated over 25 years of practical experience in designing, implementing and sustaining TPM Improvement programmes – many of them in Irish-based enterprises such as Shingo Award winners J&J DePuy & Lake Region Medical, as well as Hollister, Leo Pharma, Molex, Pfizer, European manufacturing award-winner Rottapharm-Madaus, Teva and Zimmer

Gene Leonard, Managing Director, LBS Partners

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Gene Leonard is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of LBSPartners (formerly Lean Business Systems). He specialises in Lean Policy Deployment, Leadership Development and Lean Programme Design. As a thought-leader in the Lean sector, Gene develops professional services and training programmes for national and international clients and supports continuous professional education of consultants and trainers. Gene also manages all LBSPartners’ strategic alliances with like-minded companies interested in the propagation of operational excellence in Ireland.  Before founding LBS Gene was General Manager with Dell with responsibility for all engineering activity and was given responsibility for the construction and fit out of their new EMF 3 plant which is now home to Regeneron.  Gene holds a Masters Degree in Electronic Engineering  from UL.

There is also an opportunity to meet one to one with the speakers after the seminar

WHO SHOULD ATTENDBusiness owners, directors and senior managers of businesses across all sectors that face increased customer expectations and competition in their marketplace.

Events Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will be accepted up to 72hrs before each event. Events that are cancelled within 72 hours of scheduled date shall incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the agreed cost. Registrants who fail to attend the event will be charged 100% of the full fee. This policy applies to all events.  Please quote Purchase Order number if required on invoice. Cheque payments should be made payable to Shannon Chamber Skillnet. 

Shannon Chamber Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

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