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The Midland Regional Lean Network will be an integral part of the Lean Business Ireland Strategy. Its aim is to bring together excellence in the region and to provide a forum to network, collaborate, and learn. The network and its events will be for organizations at all stages of their lean journey and of all sizes. Events will be focused and conducted in a timely manner, with site visits and seminars on topics as defined by the network. The leadership team will be industry led and organizations are invited to form the 1st leadership team.

National Network of Regional Lean Networks


The purpose of the Midlands Lean Network is to provide a regional forum and community for Lean practice in the midlands.

It forms part of the Lean Business Ireland plan to advance the national ecosystem that combines education, research, practice, and knowledge -exchange and to deliver value to the long-term competitiveness and sustainability of Irish organizations.

It will follow the Triple Helix thesis for a knowledge Society and will be made up of Academia, Industry, and State organisations.

It will be a place for those achieving excellence to share it and for those seeking it to Go See.


Membership of the network and attendance at events is open to all organizations of all sizes, no matter where you are on you Lean journey. We encourage organizations to become members, stay in touch and attend events.

The network will offer:
– Headline Events – Site Visits
– Seminars / Case Studies /Workshops
– Networking
– Facilitating introductions where possible

Benefits to Members:
Being part of the network will grow your Lean network, allow you to build relationships with peers, seek and share knowledge and arrange 1-2-1 visits.


The leadership team of the Midlands Lean Network will be industry led, supported by representatives from Academia, State organisations (Enterprise Ireland, IDA, Local Enterprise Office), and Service Providers.

Commitment to the leadership team will be a monthly meeting for 1 hour, in person or remotely. In the run up to annual events, more time may be required. It is expected that the leadership will plan events for a 12-month cycle including site visits, seminars, and case studies, with the support of the wider team. It is planned to rotate leadership positions annually.

Typical Regional Offerings

Midlands Region Planned Network Events Offerings

It is planned to do the following in line with the wishes and needs of the network. A network event is planned to take place on the last Thursday of each month from October to May and will be focused and conducted in a timely manner (2-3 hours).
– 4 Best Practice Visits Annually (Commitment from C&D for November 2018)
– 4-6 Seminars
– Annual Conference / Seminar

The Leadership Team

A Leadership team has been formed chaired by Stuart Nelson (Jigsaw Consulting). The members in the startup team are:
~ Stuart Nelson – Chair (Jigsaw Consulting)
~ Miriam Keogh (Dawn Farms)
~ Rachel O’Toole (Ericsson)
~ Declan Carr (Lagan Group)
~ Gary Kelly (Grant Engineering)
~ Billy Creavin (Alkermes)
~ Eamon O’Connor (Alkermes)
~ Tom Hyland (Mullingar Chamber)
~ Robert Hernan (Enterprise Ireland),
~ Senan O’ Riain (IDA Ireland),
~ Jolene Hall (LOETB)
~ Allyson English (VAE Consultancy)

What Next?

Successful regional Lean networks are industry led. The interim team needs to be have local industry leaders on board to take the chair for the first 12 months. Once formed, we will agree a survey to assess the needs of the network in the region and base our
program on these results.

It is planned to launch the network on September 27th, at a venue to be confirmed.

What Can you do?
1. Become a member by completing a simple online form.
2. Offer to host a Best Practice Visit
3. Run a Seminar or Workshop
4. Create a Case Study for your organization or your clients
5. Point your team to excellence – Attend the events


Julia Dalton