CEO, Industrial Development Authority: The Story of the Transformation of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Ireland


CEO of IDA Ireland

Barry O’Leary was appointed Chief Executive Designate of IDA Ireland in October 2007. He took over the role of CEO from Sean Dorgan on January 1st 2008. Prior to this appointment he was Divisional Manager of the IDA’s LifeSciences and Information and Communications Technology business units. Mr. O’Leary has worked in IDA for over 30 years in most of its business areas including two periods, 1983-1991 and 1995-2002 in Germany, latterly as Director of Europe.

On his return to Germany in 1995 he was responsible for running IDA’s offices in Stuttgart and Düsseldorf which covered Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. He subsequently became Director of Europe and centralised IDA’s German offices into Frankfurt. During this period he was closely associated with winning major projects from companies such as Bertelsmann, SAP, Deutsche Bank, Lufthansa, Kostal, Allianz and a number of key Italian financial services Institutions.

On his return to Ireland in late 2002 Mr. O’Leary was initially appointed Divisional Manager Pharmaceuticals and Biopharmaceuticals and a member of the IDA’s Executive Committee. His responsibilities were increased in 2004 to include the LifeSciences and Information and Communications Technology areas.

He has been deeply involved in changing the profile and raising the value of Ireland’s inward investments over the past ten years, focusing on building capability in strategic sectors such as lifesciences and information and communications technology.

Mr. O’Leary led IDA teams in winning significant investments from a number of key clients such as Lilly, Pfizer, Centocor, Boston Scientific, Cordis, IBM, Kelloggs, Merck, Citi, Cisco Systems and Facebook among others.

Under his leadership in 2010, IDA launched its strategy blueprint, Horizon 2020. The strategy document articulates how IDA will attract the next wave of sophisticated FDI over the coming decade. It highlights the importance of global mega-trends, economic geopolitical changes and technology roadmaps which will influence where IDA can capitalise on the opportunities that they present.

Barry O’Leary held a number of different positions in industrial companies prior to joining IDA Ireland, including Nestle and the Smurfit Group. He is a Board Member of Forfas.


VP and Managing Director, EMC Ireland: The Transformation Imperative


Vice-President and Managing Director at EMC Ireland

Bob Savage is Vice-President and Managing Director at EMC Ireland. He is site manager for EMC’s Centre of Excellence (COE) in Ovens, Co Cork, which employs almost 2,000 people. Bob has worked in EMC for over 20 years, playing various key roles in turning what was exclusively a manufacturing facility into a world-class EMC COE - one of only seven worldwide. The COE is EMC’s largest manufacturing site outside the US spanning 600,000 square feet, with 28 business functions and 44 nationalities on site speaking 26 languages. Bob leads the COE’s team of highly skilled information technology (IT) professionals, working across engineering, advanced manufacturing,  software development, finance, customer service, sales and marketing, and research and development divisions serving the global market. Bob is Chairman of the Governing Body of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT). A native of Glounthaune, Co Cork, Bob is a board member of Enterprise Ireland. He is an electronic engineering graduate of CIT and a former lecturer there. EMC is accelerating the journey to cloud computing for customers and partners, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyse their most valuable asset - information - in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. This year, EMC partnered with CIT to develop and deliver the world’s first Industry-led cloud computing degree and masters programmes remotely. EMC owns RSA Security in Shannon, Co Clare, and VMware in Ballincollig, Co Cork, with both playing strategic roles in EMC’s journey to the cloud.


Senior Buyer/Planner, Zimmer Orthopaedics: True North Lean Journey at Zimmer

Brian Dillen

Brian Dillen, Senior Buyer/Planner, Zimmer Orthopaedics

Brian Dilleenis a qualified and experienced Supply Chain Specialist with significant people skills. He has 10 years’ experience with major multinational companies and made a significant contribution in gaining Class A Accreditation in a World Class Manufacturing Environment.

Brian’s achievements at Zimmer include: Global Business Lead of implementation of SAP Spend Performance Management and e-Sourcing - Project Lead for Business Excellence Class A Journey - Achieved 2011 Zimmer Global Customer Service Award for implementation of Zimmer Shannon VMI model.



General Manager, DELL Ireland: Customer Led Transformation at Dell


Dermot O’Connell serves as General Manager for Dell Ireland. In this role, he is responsible for the Company’s commercial business on the island of Ireland, leading the Dell teams that deliver innovative and pragmatic technology solutions to its customers in small and medium businesses, public institutions and large enterprises.  Over the past number of months, Dermot has re-engineered Dell’s sales, marketing and services operations for the Irish market, ensuring that the company is positioned to meet the growing and evolving needs of its diverse range of customers.  This has included the successful integration of the skills and offerings that are now available from Dell following the successful global acquisitions of SecureWorks, Compellent and Perot Systems, amongst others.

Dermot is also responsible for integrating the growing specialist solutions that are available from the Solution Centre team in Limerick and the Cloud R&D Centre in Dublin. These Centres were developed following the decision by Dell to invest further in Ireland last year – leading to the creation of 150 new jobs.

Dermot is a member of the cross-site Ireland Leadership team which has been responsible for driving the transformation of the Irish operations over the past three years. His work with this group has ensured that the Irish based operations in Dublin and Limerick continue to play a strategic role in supporting the EMEA and global objectives of the company as it transforms from being a hardware provider to an end-to-end Solutions and Services organisation.

Dermot is also the executive sponsor for Dell Ireland’s green and environmental initiatives and has been responsible for mentoring the company’s green team as they developed and rolled out a number of award winning green initiatives.

With the company since 1993, Dermot has held a number of senior roles with the business serving the Ireland and the UK markets. Dermot is a member of the board of ICT Ireland and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems from Trinity College. He lives in Dublin and is married with 4 young children.


MD, Mediolanum Asset Management: How to Capture and Develop World-Class Innovation Capabilities for MNC Sites in Ireland

Furio Pietribiasi  MD, Mediolanum Asset Management

Furio Pietribiasi MD, Mediolanum Asset Management

Furio Pietribiasi is Managing Director at Mediolanum Asset Management Ltd., Dublin. Furio is responsible for Irish Operations of Mediolanum in Ireland and he is also the Chairman of Gamax Management AG and member of the Board of Mediolanum Specialities SICAV SIF in Luxembourg. Furio was previously responsible for product development of funds and insurance products, distributed in Italy, Germany and Spain and he also oversaw the selection and the relationships with the external investment advisors. He is also currently Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Irish Association of Investment Managers and member of the Council of IFSC Ireland. Furio is also part of the Taoiseach Department Working Groups for the Funds and Asset Management.

He started his career in investment management in Mediolanum Gestione Fondi in Milan and prior to that he worked in one of the leading legal and fiscal practice in Italy. Furio holds a BA in Finance and Economics.


Vice President & Practice Director, Aasonn: Successful Restructuring – How to Maintain Motivation for Optimal Performance when Managing Change


Fiona Buckley, Vice President & Practice Director, Aasonn

Fiona Buckley: Vice President of Professional Services for EMEA: for Aasonn Limited. Aasonn is a leading global Human Capital Management consulting and technology services company.

Fiona is a Senior Human Resources and business professional with over 11 years experience across all industry sectors, in corporate HR and professional services. Over her career she has managed large-scale business restructures and transformations. She has high level knowledge and experience in organizational development, change management, company restructuring, employment law & employee relations, HR strategy, employee engagement and performance management.


Director of Lighthouse Organisational Consultants: Turning Great Strategy into Great Performance!


Pat Cunneen, Director of Lighthouse Organisational Consultants

Pat Cunneen has held senior management positions for over 3 decades, across 3 continents.

Roles included Director of HR for Global Manufacturing  at  Analog Devices, which covered Massachusetts, Silicon Valley, Ireland, Philippines, Taiwan and Japan,  and also as EVP HR at Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies.

Since his retirement from conventional employment in 2002, Pat  co-founded and is a director of Lighthouse Organisational Consultants Ltd. Teaching roles included Adjunct Professor of HR at the University of Limerick and he has lectured on strategy and HR  at DCU and NUIG.

Pat has a B. Comm. from U.C.D.; an M.B.S. from U.L. and is a Fellow of CIPD. He has presented and chaired at major conferences in Ireland, U.K., U.S. and Asia. He has published 2 books “Organisational Structure- an Essential Lever in Managing Change” and “Becoming a Manager-  Thoughts and Tools for Your Transition”.


Managing Director, Aughinish Alumina: Maintaining Local Culture and Performance in a Changing and Diverse Multi-National Ownership


Damien Clancy, Managing Director, Aughinish Alumina

Damien Clancy is Managing Director of Rusal Aughinish, which is the largest alumina plant in Europe and is located on the Shannon estuary in the West of Ireland.   Rusal Aughinish is a subsidiary of the Russian based company UC RUSAL, the world’s largest producer of aluminium and alumina.

Damien joined the company in 1979 and has held many roles ranging from R & D to manufacturing to HR.  During his career he has spent seven years in Canada, spread over two occasions, both in Province of Quebec.

In his former roles he travelled extensively to areas as diverse as the US, Canada, Australia, India, Jamaica, Africa, Russia, Ukraine and England. He has an engineering degree (B.A.I.) from Trinity College Dublin and is a Chartered Engineer (C. Eng.); MSc in Quality Management from University of Limerick (UL) and is a member of the Institute of Personnel & Development (MIPD). He is on the Board of UL Governing Authority and is a former President of IBEC Mid-West Branch and is a member of IBEC National Executive Committee and on the IBEC Board.

Damien is a native of Limerick City. He attended Ard Scoil Ris and is married to Sheila, with two children, David and Rachel.


Director, KinchLyons: Leading Change - The Role of Emotional Intelligence


Brian Kinch has over 30 years’ experience as a professional psychologist. His experience spans a wide spectrum of areas in the Organisational and Occupational Psychology fields. He is also a professionally qualified Clinical Psychologist and has lectured in a number of universities (up to Doctoral level courses). Brian is a former President of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

Brian’s main areas of current involvement are:  Business Coaching (to Board level), Senior level Assessment & Selection assignments, Organisational Research & Survey projects, Stress Management (including C.I.S.M.), Design and implementation of Performance Management Systems, Bullying & Harassment (mediation, investigation, counselling), Conflict Resolution, Design of & Training in 360 degree Feedback Systems.


General Manager, Ballina Beverages: Operational Excellence - Our Transformation Journey

Bernard McGuinness

Bernard McGuinness, General Manager, Ballina Beverage

Bernard McGuinness has over 15 years’ experience in manufacturing in Ireland and the UK. He has held various management roles in Quality, Manufacturing and Lean Management and Execution.  Bernard is the General Manager of the concentrate manufacturing facility in Ballina which manufactures concentrates and beverage bases for the Coca-Cola Business System. Over the past five years, Bernard has led the transformational journey of implementing lean across our Ireland Operations.  This implementation has significantly enhanced productivity, quality, efficiencies and employee engagement.  Prior to joining Ballina Beverages, Bernard worked for Intel and Unilever.

Bernard has a Ph.D., in Biochemistry from NUIG and BSc. (Hons) Biochemistry.


former-Continuous Improvement Manager, Leyland Trucks: Culture Leading to Lean Manufacturing


David Graham, former-Continuous Improvement Manager, Leyland Trucks


David Graham former-Continuous Improvement Management at Leyland Trucks and Executive Director of Optima. He has spent the majority of his career in production manager and business unit manager.

David has worked alongside John Oliver since 1989 in culture change totally transforming the previous Leyland management style from ‘Rottweiler’ to a team based approach.

He also spent his time training managers and team leaders from other companies in the skills required to support a team working culture.


Associate Director, Alkermes: Maximising Employee Engagement to Develop a Strong OpEx Culture


Sean Feeney, Associate Director, Alkermes

Sean Feeney is currently Associate Director of Operational Excellence (OE) at Alkermes (Alkermes Pharma Ireland Ltd.), based in Athlone.

Sean has been with Alkermes (and its predecessor ‘Elan Pharma’) for eleven years, with previous Management roles in Manufacturing, as well as in Environmental, Health & Safety.

In his current role, he developed and implemented the company’s OE strategy, while promoting a culture of continuous improvement and a lean environment through the use of Lean and Six Sigma tools and methodologies.

Prior to joining Elan, he worked for eight years in the Fine Chemical Manufacturing industry, with roles in Quality Control, Research and Development, as well as E,H&S.


CEO and Principal Consultant with SERVITIZE: Innovation - Practices from the Leading Edge of Innovation in Ireland 


Aidan Kenny is the CEO and Principal Consultant with SERVITIZE. Aidan is an international expert in service strategy development and management with 25 years experience on both sides of the customer-supplier interface in multiple marketplaces.  As Founder of Servitize, Aidan has established a leading service strategy and design business working with the private and public sectors in Ireland and abroad.

Prior to founding Servitize, Aidan worked with executive management at Nikon and Intel across Europe, US and Asia. Aidan was responsible for business planning, business development and extended service offering design, development and implementation.  Aidan has been an early advocate for service design and design thinking through his blogs and speaking engagements. Aidan has also worked as a service sector advisor to a number of professional consultancy firms. He has delivered workshops on Service Strategy & Design and has contributed to recently published books including This is Service Design Thinking. He is currently writing a management book on service strategy.

Aidan is currently leading the development of a service cluster in the South-East region of Ireland. This cluster is an industry led initiative promoting knowledge sharing and best practice among service providers in the region. It will also create a national focal-point for service innovation and competency.


CEO, Credit Union Development Association: Innovation - Practices from the Leading Edge of Innovation in Ireland 


Kevin Johnson as appointed CEO of the Credit Union Development association in 2008, prior to this he had over 25 years' experience of providing financial services to members of EBS Building Society, where he held many senior management positions. He has headed up each of the core product businesses, in particular savings, investments, residential mortgages, personal lending, life and general insurance, and was responsible for establishing and developing a Member Contact Centre, a Business Innovation Centre, and the bancassurance business.


HR Director, Dell Ireland: The Role of Employee Engagement to Support Transformation and Change

Caroline Grant

Caroline Grant, HR Director, Dell Ireland

Caroline Grant is responsible for managing all aspects of the Human Resources function on behalf of the 2,300 strong Dell team located at Dell’s two Irish campuses in Cherrywood, Co. Dublin and Raheen, Co. Limerick.

In her capacity as HR Director she works in partnership with leaders across multiple business units including EMEA Commercial Sales, Global Operations and Services. Working with business leaders she implements strategies and people programmes designed to create an energetic working environment which fosters participation and productivity as well as ensuring that talent is developed and supported.

Caroline is a strategic contributor to the on-going programme of transformation and change that is taking place throughout Dell, working with the company’s executives to ensure that the organisation has the skills and capability to achieve Dell Ireland’s business objectives.

Before joining Dell Ireland in 2008, Caroline, returned to Ireland from the UK in 2007, to take up an interim management role with Arnotts & Co Ltd, Dublin. Prior to that she was the HR Director, UK & Ireland for Elizabeth Arden Ltd, the global cosmetics company. She has also held HR roles with Unilever and Marks and Spencer.

Caroline has a Bachelor of Commerce from UCD.


HR Learning & Development, Creganna-Tactx Medical: Applying the 7 Types of Waste to the Learning & Development Function and the 70/20/10 Model’s Pros and Cons in 2012


Barry Davis, HR Learning & Development, Creganna

Barry Davis has 15 years’ experience in L&D. Barry’s current focus is on increasing speed to competencies which build value adding business capabilities via Lean transformation projects. Barry joined Creganna-Tactx Medical in 2007, his main focus is ensuring that Creganna-Tactx Medical learning and development initiatives fully support both the organization's business strategy and the development needs of its employee. In his current role, Barry has been a champion of the corporate learning ideas of Charles Jennings; especially the 70:20:10 model of learning (as employed by Princeton University).

Barry is qualified in the use of a range of psychometric and personality assessment instruments including the Thomas International Personal Profile Analysis (PPA). He runs an internal executive coaching program based on the Harrison 7 step problem solving method and the 70:20:10 model of learning.

While at IBM, he designed and implemented a standard Lean Manufacturing cell design with interactive work instructions. And while at the American Power Conversion Corporation, he lead a project which launched a website whereby third party companies who configure a product could access selected build documentation securely.

Barry’s previous experience includes commercial radio and community development projects where he was exposed to a broad spectrum of peoples learning approaches.  Barry was developing people from 9 to 90 years old; from diverse backgrounds as Youth Reach students, Mountjoy Inmates to Communication Students to Asylum seekers.  Barry also helped launch the European Voluntary Service by coordinating and hosting an international live radio magazine and created many radio documentaries covering topics like the Amsterdam treaty, The 50th Anniversary of the Congress of Europe and the introduction of the Euro.

Barry is married to Joanne and they have two little girls Adalynn and Alannah.


Managing Director IBM Ireland: Transformation – The IBM Experience


Peter O'Neill, Managing Director, IBM Ireland

Peter O'Neill is Managing Director IBM Ireland. He was appointed to this position in May 2010. Prior to taking up this role, Mr. O’Neill served as Director of IBM Sales and Distribution in Ireland. He joined IBM in 1981; during his IBM career he has held leadership positions in sales, finance and general management in both Europe and America. Prior to joining IBM he worked for five years in Diageo Ireland.

He is President of the American Chamber of Commerce and sits on the National Council of IBEC. He has previously served as a Board Member of the Irish Research Council and of the Board of the Dublin City University Trust. He holds a degree in Economics from UCD and is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.


Vice President, Customer Solutions & EMEA Merchant Services, PayPal: Developing a Competitive, World-Class Innovation Capability within a World-Wide MNC


Louise Phelan is Vice President of Global Operations EMEA for PayPal.  Based in Blanchardstown Dublin, PayPal is the European Centre of Excellence and employs almost 1,450 people.  Louise joined PayPal in 2006 as CS and Risk Director for the EU and was recently promoted to her current position.

Prior to joining PayPal in June 2006, Louise was a member of the Senior Management Team for GE Money, a division of General Electric (GE), which specialises in small ticket lending for a client base comprising both consumers and commercial customers.

During her 16 years with GE (formerly Woodchester Investments), Louise held a wide variety of Management & Leadership roles.  From 2000- 2006 she held the position of Compliance Leader with responsibility for leading change and integrating a compliance culture across the organisation.  While in this role, Louise was a member of the Business Quality Council and was Ombudsperson for the business.

Louise is on the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, CCMA Ireland and the Women’s Executive Network (WXN)

In her spare time Louise enjoys travelling and exercising.


Innovation Manager for Global Learning Technologies, Shell International: Learning from the Outside, How External Focus Can Help Learning and Development


Hans de Zwart, Innovation Manager for Global Learning Technologies, Shell International

Hans de Zwart is the Innovation Manager for Global Learning Technologies at Shell International. In the past he was Shell’s Blended Learning Adviser, before that a Moodle consultant for Stoas Learning and he started his career as a Physical Education teacher at a highschool in Amsterdam.

He operates on the intersection between technology (which he prefers to be “open”) and education. He believes that technology is never neutral and that design matters. He wished he was the first one to write that “technology creates feasibility spaces for social practice” (he wasn’t…).

You can always come and talk to him about: the most recent book you have read, juggling, philosophy, his work on the board of the Dutch chapter of the Internet Society, free software, dominoes, his guest speaking for digital rights activists Bits of Freedom or The Big Lebowski.

He blogs at, reads in public and tweets occasionally.


Director, Lean Systems Programme, University of Kentucky / Toyota Motors: Lean Management Leadership


Glen Uminger, Director Lean Systems Programme, University of Kentucky/Toyota Motors

Glenn Uminger joined Toyota in 1987 at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky and is currently an executive on loan to the University of Kentucky (UK) from Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA).  Mr. Uminger currently serves as Director of the Lean Systems Program within the Institute of Research for Technology Development (IR4TD)/College of Engineering. In his most recent assignment at Toyota he was General Manager – TPS and Project Planning at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK).

He has held a variety of management positions and served as a leader in the development of Toyota’s manufacturing operations in North America since its inception in1987.   He has continuously learned and applied the Toyota Way through Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Administration.

He led Toyota’s new plant development in Mississippi, managing and coordinating Toyota resources throughout North America to ensure total success.  He was also responsible for strategic project initiatives, and the TPS organization which applies and provides training and development of TPS throughout the organization.

Mr. Uminger was assigned to Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) from 2008 as a leader to strengthen the understanding and practice of TPS within the sales company, as well as to improve the coordination between Sales and Manufacturing.

From 1996, Mr. Uminger was a leader to develop and manage the Production Control and Logistics Division at TEMA from start up, including a focus on development of our North American Logistics Network.  TEMA, (Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.) is the headquarters located near Cincinnati in Erlanger, KY.  This was a major development period for Toyota as five new plants were established and efficient centralized functions were developed.

Prior to TEMA, Mr. Uminger was part of the startup team from 1987 at TMMK where he led the development of Management Accounting, the Toyota Production System Office, and Logistics.

Prior to joining Toyota, Mr. Uminger held management positions with FMC Corporation over a ten year period.

Mr. Uminger holds a B.S in Accounting from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati.


Managing Director, Innovation Delivery: Developing Innovation Across the Whole Organisation


Keith Finglas is an experienced programme manager and team leader, used to managing and delivering scopes around strategy, routine objectives and crisis situations - or what one client called 'delivering innovation in the middle of gory messes'.

He helps teams do projects better, either by

• improving their solutions through the application of design thinking or

• improving their execution strengths through good project management skills, processes and behaviours.

Keith believes almost all teams are capable of surpassing the expectations placed on them, if given the chance to participate and contribute.

An experienced senior programme and project manager, Keith

• has been based in Europe, U.S.A., South America, Middle and Far East.

• worked 21 years for G.E. (U.S.A.), Guinness U.K. and Intel Ireland, where his ultimate position was innovation project office manager.

Keith worked initially in the Gas Turbine, Brewing and Semi-Conductor Industries but, since leaving Intel, has worked in innovation in many sectors in Ireland, including Food/Drink, Financial Services, Electronic Devices, Services and Education.

A co-author of an Intel paper on innovation in software development, Keith has a strong interest in education. Innovation programmes started by IDL in Ireland have seen over 1,500 participants complete their courses over the last 7 years.


CEO, Data Fusion International: Developing Innovation across the Whole Organisation


John Collins has a 30 year track record in successfully building and leading fast growing technology and service companies. Before joining DFI John was the founder and driving force behind Original Solutions Limited, a company which was successfully sold to Dell Perot Systems in 2008. As part of the acquisition John joined Dell Perot as Managing Director of the Irish Operation where he led the team until taking on the role of Chief Executive at DFI. Prior to this, John held a number of senior executive roles at companies including Orygen, Amdahl, General Electric, and Wang.


Learning & Development Associate Director, Alkermes: Employee Engagement to Achieve Transformation and Organisational Change in a New Ownership Environment


Mary Devery, Learning & Development Associate Director, Alkermes

Mary Devery’s history of employment with Alkermes is: Laboratory Manager Elan Pharmaceutical Ltd (1990-1995), Logistics Manager (1995-1997), Compliance Manager (1997-2002), Quality Improvements Manager (2002-2004), and currently Learning & Development Associate Director.  Mary has earned a Diploma in Analytical Chemistry, a BA Learning & Education and a MA Learning Psychology.

Key duties of Mary’s current role include: To raise and maintain the high standard of learning site wide and ensure that all personnel are skilled with learning necessary to perform their jobs in a compliant manner - Evaluate current training and development methods and assess against external “best-in-class” methods - Develop training and development plans and schedules to ensure that proposed training and development meets identified gaps and that training and development is delivered and co-ordinated in an efficient and effective manner - Work with key-stakeholders (business managers) to evaluate and define key skills required, identify gaps and define training needs for operational and technical positions. This plan will include current and emerging needs in line with the Site Strategic and business direction - Upgrade training materials and develop trainers to an agreed standard using approved training development methodology and appropriate learning interventions - Implement quality / evaluation processes to ensure continuous improvement in training methods and contents for skills and technical training.


Human Resources Associate Director, Alkermes: Employee Engagement to Achieve Transformation and Organisational Change in a New Ownership Environment


Tom Ryan, Human Resources Associate Director, Alkermes

Tom Ryan’s history of employment is: Senior Training Specialist Élan (2011), HR Manager Ganlys hardware and heating Ltd, Athlone and Longford (2008-2011), Army officer (Commandant) for 19 years:  Roles included:  HR Planning and Policy Officer, HR Section, Defence Force Headquarters, Dublin; HR Manager in Custume Barracks Athlone; HR Manager Quick Reaction Force (Irish and Swedish -650 personnel) Liberia – 6 months and numerous other Operational, Training and Human Resources roles.  Tom has earned a BSC Chemistry and Maths (UCG), an MBS, IR and HRM (NUIG) and an Executive MBA (AIT)

In his current role of Human Resources Associate Director, Tom’s key duties include: Proactively manage good employee engagement on the Site. Leverage employee engagement as a key opportunity to create an energetic and vibrant organisation - Work with site leadership to maintain open communication processes on all business and people related issues - Take a lead role in developing and implementing key Leadership, People Development, Individual Performance improvement - Develop and implement Human Resources policies and procedures consistent with legislation, industry best practice and corporate policies - Remain up to date with and implement new employee legislation both in line with local and corporate guidelines - Manage the effective execution of recruitment processes to support business needs and to ensure we attract and hire the best talent.  Liaise with external agencies regarding recruitment activities - Drive a consistent and fair Performance Management Process and ensure it is effective and appropriate to the business needs


Managing the Chaos brought about by Change

Peter De Jager

Peter De Jager

Peter de Jager is a speaker/writer/consultant who has published hundreds of articles on topics ranging from Problem Solving, Creativity and Change to the impact of technology on areas such as privacy, security and business. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Futurist and Scientific American.

Having spoken in more than 34 countries, he is recognised worldwide as an exciting & engaging speaker. His audiences have included the World Economic Forum & The World Bank.

His presentations use humor to challenge the myths surrounding our understanding of the Change process and the benefits of technology. His talks are suitable to both staff and upper management. His single minded objective, despite the global nature of some of the issues, is always to provide actionable solutions and new avenues of approach to seemingly intractable problems.

His presentations and workshops are highly interactive, fun, irreverent to mistaken ideas and most distinctively - provocative. His work forces you to think differently about things you thought you were already sure you knew.


Executive Director – Human Resources & Operations CBRE: How to Optimise Your Business Performance Through Culture


Deirdre Bodley, MCIPD, Executive Director - Human Resources & Operations CBRE

Deirdre Bodley MCIPD is an Executive Director - HR & Operations at CBRE.

Having established the HR department back in 1998, Deirdre has since gone on to roll out innovative practices across all HR areas, including internal communications, change management, employee relations, resourcing, retention and rewards strategy.

She is also responsible for enhancing organisational capability through training and development programmes, driving the company’s performance management system, nurturing local culture and providing strong operational support and practical HR advice and coaching to line managers.

By promoting best practice HR in the workplace CBRE – Ireland have been listed amongst the Best Workplaces in Ireland for seven consecutive years 2005 - 2011 joining a group of companies who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to attitudes and policies that make their organisation a great place to work.

Deirdre is a graduate of the National College of Ireland and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


General Manager, SR Technics: Back from the Brink – How LEAN Helped Us Survive and Thrive


Billy Power graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Limerick. He spent much of his early professional career in process engineering and project management at Waterford Crystal. In 1990 he set up and became General Manager of Frentech Engineering, and later Waterford Tool Company, for the Schivo group. Before joining SR Technics as general manager in 2009 he was CEO of the REL Refrigeration Group in Kilkenny.

SR Technics Airfoil Services is based in Mahon in Cork and is part of the Mubadala Aerospace Group. The company repairs hot section engine components from commercial jet engines. The sales of the company are 99% export oriented and customers include such airlines as Air France, Lufthansa and American Airlines. The facility in Cork employs 190 personnel.


Operational Excellence Manager, Global Business Services, Coca Cola Europe & Euroasia: Operational Excellence in a Shared Services Environment  

Gerry Meegan

Gerry Meegan, Operational Excellence Manager, Global Business Services, Coca Cola Europe & Euroasia

Twenty years of management experience in operations, supply chain and shared services, with experience in strategic development, transformation, change management and deployment of OE and Lean Six Sigma across E2E processes. Previous employment included, Danone, Northern Foods and the Kerry Group. I am a food scientist graduate with an MBA and currently writing my thesis for a Masters in Strategic Quality Management Lean Six Sigma from the University of Limerick.

I have been working with Coca-Cola Company in Ireland for the last 12 years within manufacturing and shared service operations. Currently based in the Global Business Services Regional Finance Centre in Drogheda, with responsibility for leading the implementation and creation of a high performance culture across multiple sites through Operational Excellence.


Chairman, Sonrú: Raising the Bar - Developing Local Innovation Practice


Edward Hendrick was awarded the IIA Innovation Award in 2010 and was listed as one of the Top 40 Entrepreneurs under 40 in Business Plus magazine in 2011. He graduated from University College Dublin in 2004 with a Bachelors degree in Agribusiness & Rural Development. He also graduated from the SEEPP Programme in 2008 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Enterprise Development.


Senior Consultant, Human Resources, Abbott Ireland: Talent Management


Yvonne Earley, Senior Consultant, Human Resources, Abbott Ireland

Yvonne Earley (B.Sc, MSc - Senior Learning and Development Consultant) has 10 years diverse senior leadership experience in a highly regulated dynamic multinational organization in both manufacturing and commercial environments.

Yvonne was responsible for EHS & Site technical Training in ADD Sligo (start up-reaching 300 employees) and also established the HR function in Ireland Commercial Affiliate, during which time the Affiliate was recognized for 3 consecutive years as a Top 10 Great Place to Work in Ireland. Yvonne established and is currently leading the UK and Ireland L&D Practice Centre’s for over 6000 employees spanning all Abbott Divisions.


CEO, Performance Consulting: How to be a True Business Partner Through Performance Consulting


Nigel Harrison is a chartered Business Psychologist and founder of Performance Consulting - UK Ltd.

He has worked in industry for 25 years helping organisations to set up internal consulting groups. During this time he has developed two skills workshops on Performance Consulting Skills and Advanced Performance Consulting Skills.

Nigel is currently working with many leading UK companies and government departments in developing internal consultants and business partners.



CEO ViClarity: Raising the Bar - Developing Local Innovation Practices


John) Ogie Sheehy, founder and CEO of ViClarity - A company that provides Strategic Performance Management and Compliance solutions to track and monitor performance in an organisation.

The company was formed in 2008 and has since received many enterprise awards and accolades during the growth of the business, including Regional Finalist of the Intertrade Ireland SeedCorn competition in 2009 and Ulster Bank Business Achiever Regional Finalist in 2011. Already this year Viclarity has secured both Private and Enterprise Ireland Investment support to drive the growth of the business in international markets.
Ogie has up to 16 years experience in high-tech multinationals including Dell Computers Limerick for 3 years as Senior IT manager. At Dell  he was responsible for the design and development of innovative IT solutions to help improve cost/efficiencies and productivity in the Limerick and global Dell factories. This included the responsibility of setting up the new Dell facility in Poland where he worked with the start-up team to seamlessly deploy the new manufacturing lines to the plant in Poland.
Prior to that Ogie spent 6 years in technical management and program management positions at IBM, responsible for 120 maintenance and engineering staff. His career at IBM culminated in the position of  Head of IT for the Server Manufacturing Division, where he was responsible for IT solutions support for the Dublin facility, as well as many international projects including a global rollout of SAP.

He has also worked for Hewlett Packard and NEC, since completing his primary degree in Applied Physics and Electronics.