We listened to our members’ concerns about the lack of opportunity to meet with like-minded professionals in their specific areas of expertise and have set up a number of Forums to enable executives exchange ideas, issues and share best practice.

The Forums are exclusive to experienced professionals in each respective area of expertise. Forum members meet formally up to four times a year.


CEO Forum: provides a platform at senior management level to facilitate debate, discussion and decision making on issues affecting business at regional and national level.

This Forum is chaired by Kevin Thompstone, the Thompstone Group






HR Forum: brings senior HR professionals together to share best practice and thinking in HR and employment law and creates a network among HR executives in the Shannon region.

This Forum is chaired by Derek McKay, Managing Director, Adare Human Resource Management

Derek McKay




The  Mid-West Lean Network: the second largest regional lean network in Ireland, after Waterford Institute of Technology’s Lean Enterprise Excellence Group, aims 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. Click here to join 

This Forum is chaired by Claude Costelloe, Operations Director, Zimmer Biomet


If you are a member of Shannon Chamber and wish to be considered for membership of any of the above Forums, contact us at 061 360 611 or email: hdownes@shannonchamber.ie


Continuous Improvement Awards 2018

The Mid-West Lean Network Continuous Improvement Awards 2018, sponsored by LBS Partners, have been introduced to recognise the progress being made by companies in the Mid-West to embed Lean processes into their businesses and to encourage more companies to see the value and payback from becoming lean.

The Awards are aimed at companies who are starting their lean journey. Companies who have well-established lean practices and projects will not be eligible for consideration in this inaugural year. Clarification as to suitability of project being considered for entry can be sought from Shannon Chamber / judging panel prior to entry.

To enter, simply request an editable pdf entry form from lkizaite@shannonchamber.ie  and either complete online or in hard copy) and return to Shannon Chamber lkizaite@shannonchamber.ie or via post to: Shannon Chamber, Suite 14, Shannon Airport House, Shannon Free Zone, Shannon, Co Clare V14 E370.