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South West Lean Forum Networking Event

July 20, 2023
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IRD Duhallow IRD Duhallow, Newmarket
Newmarket, Cork P51 C5YF Ireland

The South West Lean Forum is delighted to announce a unique event this July at IRD Duhallow. We will be joined by Noel Hennessy (Former CI Director Lake Region Medical) who will share with us the journey he and the team went on to achieve the first Shingo accreditation in Ireland over 10 years ago.

Ireland is now the highest per-capita Shingo winning location in the world. In October this year Ireland will be hosting the European Shingo Conference so this is a unique opportunity to gain insight as to what a Shingo Journey looks like.

This event is for anyone based in the region and beyond with an interest in Lean/Continuous Improvement, Enterprise Excellence and the Shingo model. You and your team should not miss out on this free event.

Our venue is situated in North West Cork outside the town of Newmarket which is only a few KMs from the Co Kerry and Co. Limerick county bounds.

We at the South West Lean Forum extend an invite to any business interested in the what Shingo is all about and how your journey with Lean and Continuous Improvement can be started, re-set, or nurtured to something that sets Ireland Inc apart globally.

Noel will be joined in conversation by Rob Brosnan, Chair, South West Lean Forum, (Formerly GE Healthcare & Founder of Lean Kaizen Consulting) and Conor Dawson (Senior Consultant- S A Partners)

This event is kindly sponsored by SA Partners & The ICBE

Noel Hennessy – Biography

Prior to establishing Practical Lean Solutions www.practicalleansolutions.com in 2018 Noel was the EU / Asia Enterprise Excellence Director for Lake Region Medical (Now Integer). During his tenure the New Ross site achieved the Shingo Bronze Medallion and Irish Medical Technology Company of the Year in recognition of their Operational Excellence Program. Noel’s search for best practice has seen him participate in global benchmarking visits to Europe, the US, India, and Japan. He was awarded his MSc in Lean Operations from Cardiff University in 2007 and his Doctorate in Business Administration from WIT (now South East Technological University) in 2017 in which his doctoral thesis explored the relationship between Employee Engagement and Continuous Improvement.

Noel is also an examiner for the Shingo Institute and regularly participates in assessing sites around the world. His search for best practice has seen him participate in global benchmarking visits to Europe, the US, India, and Japan. He is a very passionate advocate of the transformational power of Lean and the Shingo Model in particular, as he feels this places the emphasis on the behaviours and systems required for sustainable transformation. Noel also provides support to clients of SA Partners (Europe’s largest Shingo Affiliate) who are interested in adopting the Shingo Prize Model.

In November 2021 Noel co-authoring Human Lean with Prof. John Bicheno which makes the case that while 21st century employees demand greater participation and better leadership, they also bring along vast opportunities for betterment to their organisations, to society, and to the environment. Noel’s hope is that the book, which won the “Contribution to Knowledge” award at the 2022 Lean Business Ireland Conference, will assist organisations and leaders in applying lean as a means of getting the best, rather than the most from their employees.