Taking place on April 4th in Johnstown House Estate in Enfield, the theme of ICBE Annual Conference 2019 is ‘Pathway to Global Excellence’.  Featuring international and Irish speakers and practitioners the day will help chart the route for global success by sharing insights, case studies and real-world experiences.  MCed by broadcaster Anton Savage will explore best practice and uncover methodologies and approaches that have worked for leading companies through a mix of round tables and industry-focused presentations.

The eBook, presentations, video,  photos from last years conference are available below in our resources section.

Conference Details

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Breffni Suite & Foyer.

Tea/Coffee available on arrival.  Network and meet our exhibitors.



Eamonn Murphy | ICBE

Eamonn Murphy


Welcome address

Eamonn Murphy, ICBE will outline the focus of ICBE and its view on the challenges and opportunities ahead.


Kick off

Anton Savage | MC

Anton Savage



Anton Savage will outline the day’s proceedings, the focus of this year’s conference and set the scene for the group sessions.


Kieran McSherry

Kieran McSherry

J&J Visioncare

Managing Big Data for High Volume Manufacturing

Kieran McSherry is Director of Manufacturing Engineering for J&J Visioncares’ 2 manufacturing sites – Limerick & Jacksonville, Florida


Adrian Furey | Zimmer Biomet

Adrian Furey

Zimmer Biomet

Creating Global Leadership through a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Adrian Furey, Vice President of Global Supply Chain & Logistics, Zimmer Biomet.



Coffee Break


Network and meet our exhibitors


Seani Devlin | Abbvie

Seani Devlin

Operational Excellence Program Manager, Abbvie

Sustaining a Culture of Excellence

  • Our journey to Enterprise Excellence at AbbVie Ballytivnan
  • Going from good to great and how we created a constancy of purpose.
  • How we delivered performance and results with the evolution of performance boards, tier meetings methodology to manage our business.
  • Key tools utilised to increase employee engagement


Sean O’Reilly | Dell

Sean O'Reilly

EMEA VP of Logistics, Dell Technologies

Managing Service Disruption in Global Supply Chain

  • Going beyond the hype, tangible example of leveraging digital transformation to drive better business outcomes
  • Granular visibility so performance is not lost in the averages
  • Data Democratization to empower and inspire employees
  • Future skills developing digital capability to improve SC performance



Philip Rossiter  | Coca Cola

Philip Rossiter

Operations Excellence Manager, Coca-Cola

Digitising the Workplace

  • How can digital transformation unlock significant opportunities in manufacturing
  • Prioritising opportunities based on bottom line value vs piloting new technology
  • Industry 4.0 simplified and explained in 4 digital lever categories
  • Examples of digital transformation applications
  • How to ensure sustained impact from digitising the workplace


Excellence – Group Session


Group Challenge

Think, Pair and Share session on a excellence challenge raised by our speakers.  Work as pairs before sharing insights with the group




Lunch in Fire & Salt restaurant, networking and meet our exhibitors.


Paul Healy| Skillnet Ireland

Paul Healy

Skillnet Ireland

“The Future of Work” – A Road to 21st Century Skills


Sarah Kieran  | Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick   

Dr Sarah Kieran

Kemmy Business School, UL

The Workplace of the Future

Dr Sarah Kieran, Lecturer in the Department of Work and Employment Studies at the Kemmy Business School will share the finding of an ICBE Advanced Productivity Skillnet -UL research project into the Future of Work.  She will cover:

  • As digitisation strengthens our Customer Offering is it weakening our People Organisation?
  • Understand how to protect your successful HR Practices while engaging in the new HR Practices that a digitized workplace demand.
  • Understand how digitisation is shaping new organisational skills, jobs and careers.



Coffee Break


Network and meet our exhibitors


Terence Mauri, 

Terence Mauri

Global Expert and Thought Leader

Keynote Address: The Leader’s Mindset – How to Win in the Age of Disruption

The speed of change presents tremendous risk but also tremendous opportunity

  • What defines the leader’s mindset? Do you want a master key to win in the age of disruption?


Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

Views from the Experts

Anton Savage will explore the talks of the day and key questions from the audience.


Q&A and Wrap Up

Kieran Noonan


Wrap Up

Kieran Noonan, ICBE Chairman will formally wrap up the conference and announce details of next year’s conference.

To reserve your place/s, please contact Kate by email kate@icbe.ie, phone 061-423622 or click the link below.  Places are limited.

Hear Gina London describe last year’s conference.


Terence Mauri

Global Expert and Thought Leader

Keynote Speaker.
Terence Mauri, has been listed by Thinkers50 as one of the Top 30 Thinkers to watch this year when it comes to management ideas. He is a global thought leader helping leaders innovate, adapt and succeed in the age of disruption in which massive yet hard-to-predict upheavals are expected.

Adrian Furey

Vice President of Global Supply Chain & Logistics, Zimmer Biomet

Presentation Title: Creating Global Leadership through a Culture of Continuous Improvement
Adrian has over 25 years working in the medical device industry in Ireland, North America and Puerto Rico.

Seani Devlin

Operational Excellence Program Manager, Abbvie

Presentation Title: Sustaining a Culture of Excellence.
Seani is currently the Business Excellence Program Manager for the Abbvie Ballytivnan site.
The Abbvie Ballytivnan plant produces combination medical devices, the site is also undergoing development to incorporate Biopharmaceutical capabilities under the one roof.

Sarah Kieran

University of Limerick

Presentation Title: The Workplace of the Future
Dr Sarah Kieran is a Lecturer in the Department of Work and Employment Studies at the Kemmy Business School. Prior to joining UL she worked as a Management Consultant in Strategic and Organisational Development for a number of private and public sector organisations.

Sean O'Reilly


Presentation Title: Managing Service Disruption in Global Supply Chain
Vice president of EMEA Logistics Dell Technologies.
Sean has over 22 years experience in the technology industry both in Ireland and North America. He has worked in Dell since 1997 where has held engineering, program management and Logistics Roles, having held 11 different roles in the last 22 years. Sean also plays a significant role in running the campus, as well as his day job. Sean completed an expat assignment in the US in 2017 where he ran NA logistics for 2 years. Previous to Dell, Sean held an engineering roles in a battery start-up company and component manufacturer, Alps Electric, where he started his career with them in Japan. He graduated from the University of Limerick with an Electronic Engineering degree. Sean is married with teenage twin boys and daughter that just turned double digits.

Philip Rossitter

Coca Cola

Presentation Title: Digitising the Workplace.
Operational Excellence Manager, Ballina Beverages (Coca-Cola)
A university of Limerick graduate with a MSc in Strategic Quality Management, Lean Sigma Systems, Philip has over 25 years’ experience in the Beverage, Medical device and Automotive industries in a variety of Engineering, Operations and management roles. He has spent the past 12 years’ implementing and developing a sustainable continuous improvement culture and is a master black belt in Lean and Six Sigma.

Paul Healy

Skillnet Ireland

Presentation Title: The Future of Work
Paul is the Chief Executive of Skillnet Ireland, the national agency responsible for the promotion and facilitation of in-employment training and innovation in Ireland. Skillnet Ireland works with over 50 industry representative groups, assisting 15,000 firms and 50,000 trainees each year.

Kevin McSherry

J&J Visioncare

Presentation Title: Managing Big Data for High Volume Manufacturing
Kieran McSherry is Director of Manufacturing Engineering for J&J Visioncares 2 manufacturing sites – Limerick & Jacksonville, Florida.
Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Kieran worked with Dell & Intel. Kieran is from Nenagh, Tipperary. He is a graduate of UL.

Kate de Courcy

Kate de Courcy

Tickets for members are €375 plus VAT and €475 plus VAT for non members.

This includes a full day of expert speakers, lunch, tea/coffee, exhibition area, post drinks reception and post event eBook.

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Johnstown Hotel Hotel, Enfield, is located off exit 9 on the M4.

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