Inaugural Mid-West Lean Network Conference has Impressive Line-up of Speakers

In existence for a mere twelve months, the Mid-West Lean Network, the brainchild of Shannon Chamber and now involving 65 companies, is fast becoming the pathfinder for companies seeking to introduce lean concepts and practices into their organisations.


Having already run a series of in-company workshops on varying aspects of lean throughout the year, the Network is now embarking on its largest endeavour since set-up with the hosting at an inaugural 1-day conference in the Analog Devices Building at the University of Limerick on Wednesday, 8 November.


The conference, which will be chaired by Zimmer Biomet Shannon’ operations manager, Claude Costelloe, is sponsored by Three, supported by Molex and the Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) in Clare and Limerick and run in collaboration with the University of Limerick, IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland. It will commence with registration at 7:30am and conclude at 4:00pm.


An impressive line-up of speakers from indigenous and multinational companies will share their experiential knowledge on what it takes to introduce lean into an organisation, how the change it requires is managed, and the contribution staff at all levels need to make to deliver the transformation required of this very challenging but rewarding process.


Launching the Conference in Shannon today (Monday, 23 October), Shannon Chamber’s chief executive said: “This Conference is the culmination of our year-long programme, which has attracted executives from companies throughout the Mid-West eager to learn about lean, to see how other companies have introduced it and are progressing and to transform this new learning into tangible benefits for their own companies.


“The Conference theme is continuous improvement through people as it’s through people, the workforce, that companies introduce and manage lean. Our keynote speaker, Jim Gavin, is an expert in managing people, as evidenced from his winning track record with the Dublin senior football team and, as assistant director with the Irish Aviation Authority’s Safety Regulation Division.


“The breath of lean expertise that our entire line-up of speakers possess, at operational and managerial levels, is quite amazing and we are delighted that they have given so freely of their time to encourage others to follow their footsteps. The take-aways from the day will be truly inspirational. What will be interesting is to hear of change being implemented from the take-aways, in 2018 and beyond.” 


Mid-West Lean Network chairman, GLSS site deployment leader with Molex Shannon’s TIS division, Neil Enright, believes a conference of this nature will truly assist those involved with or contemplating going down the lean route, to embed the process into their organisations.


“The continuous improvement culture that lean introduces into an organisation is very powerful; it really does enhance value and eliminate waste in a company, resulting in increased efficiency and an easier to manage company overall. I would encourage companies of all sizes and stages of development to attend this conference; the take-aways will be extremely beneficial.”


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List of Speakers at the inaugural Mid-West Lean Network Conference


  • Noel Hennessey, Director, Practical Lean Solutions
  • Dave Keane, Operations Manager, Zimmer Biomet, Galway
  • Colm Sheils, Director of Manufacturing Engineering, Boston Scientific
  • Dr Anca Misescu, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Limerick
  • Gerry Reynolds, Managing Director, Takumi Precision Engineering
  • Pat Burke, Director of Operations, Cook Medical
  • Shane O’Neill, CEO, Atlantic Aviation Group
  • Sandra McDonnell, Operational Excellence Program Manager, AbbVie
  • Jim Gavin, Assistant Director, Irish Aviation Authority (Dublin Senior Football Manager): GUEST SPEAKER
  • 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, University of Limerick