Fully Booked! Mid-West Lean Network Conference: Continuous Improvement Through People

  • Event: Fully Booked! Mid-West Lean Network Conference: Continuous Improvement Through People
  • Date: 08/11/2017
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Venue: The Analog Devices Building, University of Limerick, Castletroy, Limerick,
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Lean in Business centres on eliminating non-value-adding operations, equipment, and resources. The success appending to introducing Lean into a business is dependent on what an organisation puts into it in terms of commitment and planning. The evidential benefits of Lean are manifold, most notably: improved quality; improved visual management; increased efficiency; and an easier to manage company. It does involve change and its adaptation can be challenging, but rewarding.

Since its formation in November 2016, the Mid-West Lean Network has delivered a series of workshops focused on specific aspects of Lean. This inaugural Conference will look at Lean from the ‘People’ perspective. Expert panellists will share their experiential knowledge of preparing and embedding a Lean culture into an organisaton, whilst a panel of CEOs, in whose organisations Lean is a way of life, will sum up what Lean means to their bottom lines and how the benefits are viewed in the board room.

Conference Programme

Conference Moderator: Claude Costelloe, Operations Manager, Zimmer Biomet   


07:30am:             Registration & light refreshments

8:00 am:              Welcome & Introduction:  

                             Neil Enright, Chair, Mid-West Lean Network &

                             Dr. Ann Ledwith, Dean of Graduate & Professional Studies UL 

Session 1 – Building a Lean Culture

08:15am:              Building a Lean Culture in an Organisation

                              Noel Hennessey, Director, Practical Lean Solutions

08:45am              Continuous Improvement in a Medical Device start-up

                               Dave Keane, Operations Manager, Zimmer Biomet, Galway

09:15am              Utilising Culture to Accelerate Operational Excellence

                             Colm Sheils, Director of Manufacturing Engineering, Boston Scientific

09:45am              Cultivating an organisational culture

                             Dr Anca Minescu, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Limerick


10:15am               Q&A with presenters

10:30am               Tea/Coffee and Networking


Session 2 – Our Lean Journeys

11:00am              Takumi Precision Engineering – Gerry Reynolds, Managing Director

11:30am              Cook Medical – Pat Burke, Director of Operations

12:00pm             Atlantic Aviation Group – Shane O’Neill, CEO

12:30pm             AbbVie – Sandra McDonnell, Operational Excellence Program Manager


13.00pm             Q&A with Panel

13:30pm             LUNCH


14.30pm            Guest Speaker: Jim Gavin, Assistant Director in the Irish Aviation Authority (Dublin Football Manager)



Session 3 – The Transformational Power of Lean in an Organisation

15:00pm            Panel Discussion 

  •  Mick Guinee, Managing Director, Ei Electronics                            
  •  David Hanly, General Manager-IEPRO, Element Six Group
  •  Nicole Mortimer, Head of Business Product, Marketing & Operations, Three
  •  Jony Kelly, OPEX Manager/Shingo Site Coordinator, Analog Devices
  • Dr. Sean Moore, Senior Lecturer Lean & Six Sigma, Univeristy of Limerick

16:00pm               Closing Remarks 

Fees: €60 including refreshments and lunch. Please book online to secure your place. 

See the Mid-West Lean Conference brochure  MWLN Conference Agenda & Speakers


The Mid-West Lean Network: the second largest regional lean network in Ireland, after Waterford Institute of Technology’s Lean Enterprise Excellence Group, launched in November 2016, was set up to strengthen and increase the existing culture of lean within the Shannon and the wider Mid-West region. Its aim is to enable each industry to broaden and strengthen their competitiveness through knowledge sharing and bench-marking against each other and different industries. 

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