Shannon Chamber Skillnet Delivers a new Cohort of Leaders for the Mid-West Region

Pictured at Dromoland Castle Hotel following their graduation with a Diploma in High-Performance Leadership (from left): Jonathan Clancy and John Talty, Mincon; Mary Anne Flavin, Laya Healthcare; John Mulleady, AIP Thermoform Packaging; Clair McNamara, Shannon Heritage; Fearghal Keane, PM Group; Siobhan Ryan, Cpl; Pat Purcell and Paula Atkinson, DB Schenker; Maurice Devlin, Oshima and Liam Kitson, ESB Moneypoint. Photo: Eamon Ward.


Eleven executives from companies in the Mid-West region have acquired new leadership capabilities as a result of undertaking a year-long Diploma in High-Performance Leadership programme with Shannon Chamber Skillnet.

The Diploma programme, which was delivered by Career Decisions Ireland’s dedicated CoachDevelopTransform division was accredited by Technological University Dublin (TUD) to Level 8 National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

The eleven executives representing DB Schenker, Mincon, Oshima, Laya Healthcare, PM Group, ESB Moneypoint, AIP Thermoform Packaging, Shannon Heritage and Cpl were presented with their accreditations by Mr Colin Hughes, Assistant Head of School, TUD, at a conferring ceremony in Dromoland Castle Hotel.

Speaking at the event, Shannon Chamber CEO Helen Downes said: “Shannon Chamber Skillnet was delighted to organise this highly regarded Level 8 Diploma in High-Performance Leadership in conjunction with Career Decisions Ireland and Technological University Dublin. We congratulate all graduates on their enormous achievement and wish them every success for the future. The tremendous investment in time involved in undertaking this programme will deliver quantifiable payback in the years ahead. Leadership is fundamental in any organisation and when the leaders themselves undertake training at this level, the associated message that permeates throughout the organisation is very strong.

“Given the success of this training offering, we will be delivering a further two Diploma in High-Performance Leadership programmes in conjunction with Career Decisions Ireland in quarters one and three of 2020.”

Career Decisions Ireland managing director Miriam Magner-Flynn acknowledging and congratulating all of the graduates on their dedication, hard work and success in completing the programmed added: “Career Decisions Ireland is hugely committed to developing leaders to world class standards through our dedicated division CDT (CoachDevelopTransform), which specialises in leadership, people development, executive coaching and accredited executive education programmes. We appreciate that professional development is a journey and are confident that the graduates will continue to develop their leadership competencies and performance into the future.”

Acknowledging the outstanding support received  from Technological University Dublin and extending her appreciation to the Head of School Mr John Jameson and assistant Head of School, Mr Colin Hughes, she added: “TUD’s history of academic excellence and expertise has enabled all of our students to graduate with a qualification of international repute.”

Dr Katrina Lawlor, Director, College of Business, TU Dublin commended Shannon Chamber Skillnet for their vision and commitment in seeking to continuously support the professional development of leaders in their network; Career Decisions Ireland for delivering such a challenging and engaging programme and; the graduates for their commitment and dedication to personal development and knowledge acquisition.

Shannon Chamber Skillnet is co-funded by Skillnet Ireland and member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills. A list of programmes offered by Shannon Chamber Skillnet  can be found at