Judges 2022

Aidan Kelly - Skillnet Business Manager - ICBE

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Billy Creavin -Business Excellence and Sustainability Manager - Alkermes Pharma Ireland Limited


Claude Costelloe - Site Director - Zimmerbiomet

Claude has over 25 years in the Med Tech industry having held various Leadership positions in Teleflex Medical, Creganna Tactx and Zimmer Biomet culminating in the role of Site Director with responsibility for two manufacturing facilities..

An Engineering Graduate from the University of Limerick and a holder of a Black Belt in Lean he has a passion for Operational Excellence as a means of delivering sustainable business results while creating the environment  , alignment and focus for people to be the key enabler of sustainable improvement and change.


Edel Creely - Business Advisor - Patron

Edel is now delivering strategic business consulting services to indigenous Irish companies with growth and scaling ambitions.

Dr. George Onofrei - Head of the GMIT School of Business - Atlantic Technological University

Dr. George Onofrei is a Senior Lecturer in the Operation and Supply Chain Management area at the Atlantic Technological University, Ireland. He has over 15 years of teaching experience in Operations Management and Supply Chain Management at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He was Vice-President of Global Manufacturing Research Group (GMRG) and he is involved in various international collaborative research programmes. George has published in several OM and SCM journals and has been active in the field of business consulting in lean implementation and continuous improvement. His work has appeared in premier journals including International Journal of Production and Operations Management, Business Strategy and the Environment, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Production Planning and Control, Resource Conservation and Recycling, International Journal of Production Research, Total Quality Management and Business Excellence, Operations Management Research and many more. He is a recipient of Lean Business Ireland Award (2019) for the Best Contribution to Lean/Operational Excellence Body of Work and the Irish Research Council Ally Award (2021). George currently serves on the executive board of the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) and West/North West Lean Network.


Gladys Keating - Technical & HR Manager - Silver Hill Duck

Gladys Keating is the Technical & HR Manager for Silver Hill Duck with 15+ Years’ experience leading the company in Quality Management, Food safety and Compliance systems, New Product Development and Training and Development across the business.

Continuous improvement and operational efficiency is of strategic focus to Gladys. She is a qualified Professional Project Manager with a proven track record of successful project delivery for the business.

Gladys is the current chairperson of the North Eastern Lean Network (NELN) which is an industry led network which focus on best practice and cutting edge development in lean enterprise.

Dr Olivia McDermot-Hayes - Lecturer - NUI, Galway

Dr. Olivia McDermott is a Lecturer in Regulatory Affairs & Quality Management in NUI Galway. She has over 15 years industry experience working in senior roles in industry and as a self-employed Lean Six Sigma consultant and trainer. Her research areas of interest are Lean Six Sigma, Operational Excellence, Industry 4.0 and Quality 4.0 and she has over 40 peer reviewed journal papers in those areas.


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Philip Rossiter - Operational Excellence Manager - Coca Cola

Philip Rossiter, Operational Excellence manager at Ballina Beverages (Coca-Cola), Master black belt in Lean Six Sigma. Over 25 years’ experience of leadership and driving performance improvement in the beverage, medical device, and automotive industries. Has a background in leading improvement projects using proven business excellence, digital transformation and program management techniques and methodologies. Board member of the Irish Centre for Business Excellence.

Richard Burke - MBS / Six Sigma Black Belt - Production Specialist, OPEX Site Lead at Tosara Pharma Ltd.

Richard has over 30 years’ experience working in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Richard has worked in a variety of roles (Manufacturing, Engineering) and other support functions within the industry. He’s completed his studies out of Limerick University & WIT (Waterford Institute of Technology). In August 2021, Richard graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Lean Business Excellence and Six Sigma Black Belt. He holds the position of Production Specialist / Site OPEX Manager, at Tosara Pharma Ltd (part of the Teva Group). Tosara Pharma Ltd is a Shingo Award recipient winning the (Bronze Medallion) in 2018, while also holding two Lean Business Ireland Awards in (2018 & 2019).

“Creating a culture focused on continuous learning, process improvement & people development, brings great satisfaction to my role. Organisational learning is the cornerstone to success, ensuring longevity, employee engagement and a competitive edge over direct competition”.

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Robert Hernan - Senior Lean Advisor - Enterprise Ireland

Working in Enterprise Ireland’s Competitiveness Dept. Involved in the Lean Team and the Lean Business Offer. Involved with all aspects of the Lean Business Offer: LeanStart, LeanPlus and currently working on the Lean Transform projects.

Rosie Mansfield - Managing Director - Premier TEFL

Rosie is Managing Director at Premier TEFL, a world leading provider of online TEFL certifications that are trusted and respected by employers globally. Their qualifications are English government regulated and the company is rated five stars by their community of over 67,000 graduates.

Rosie sits on the Central Steering Committee of Ireland’s leading eLearning Research Centre Learnovate at Trinity College Dublin and is representing South Cork LEO as their Leading Light for National Woman’s Enterprise Day 2022. She has over 16 years of eLearning and ecommerce experience.

A committee member of the South West Lean Forum, Rosie strives to share Lean learning experiences with a particular voice for micro businesses across the South West Region.

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Jo-Ann Garbutt - Sustainable Director - Mercury Engineering

A well-rounded Organizational Development professional with a reputation for delivering transformational outcomes across a variety of projects and on an international scale. Specialties: Sustainability, Program Management, Change Management

My bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and construction site experience contributed to a pragmatic and data-driven approach to understanding and solving challenges involved in delivering on the Environmental outcomes required, and a commitment to finding the best solutions towards excellence and sustainability. With a commitment to inclusive approaches and strategic and systems thinking, my master’s degree in Organization Development supports my understanding of the Governance and Social aspects of sustainability. Over 20 years of proven accomplishment working across cultures, geographic regions, functions, and organizational levels. Multiple industries: technology, logistics, supply chain, construction, manufacturing.

My engineering background has given me a pragmatic and data-driven approach to business challenges, and a commitment to finding the best solutions towards operational excellence and sustainability. I augment my international experience in dynamic and complex environments with a Master’s degree in Organizational Development. Rosie sits on the Central Steering Committee of Ireland’s leading eLearning Research Centre Learnovate at Trinity College Dublin and is representing South Cork LEO as their Leading Light for National Woman’s Enterprise Day 2022. She has over 16 years of eLearning and ecommerce experience. A committee member of the South West Lean Forum, Rosie strives to share Lean learning experiences with a particular voice for micro businesses across the South West Region.

Ryan Tierney - Head of Design & Innovation - Seating Matters Ltd

Seven years ago I went home from work really frustrated, the business wasn’t running the way I wanted it to run, we had lots of production issues, lots of defects and it was a very stressful environment to work in. I said to myself “there has to be a better way” I started researching and came across Paul Akers ‘Fastcap Lean Tour’ video on You Tube. I sat up all night and watched Pauls videos repeatedly. Being exposed to this new way of thinking was a light bulb moment for me. I went into work the next day after discovering ‘2 Second Lean’ and I announced to our entire team that we were going to start practicing this transformative business philosophy.

Today our company is unrecognisable from where it was six years ago, and it is all down to the power of ‘2 Second Lean’.

Since discovering Lean, several members of our team have travelled to Japan, Canada, USA and Germany to further our understanding of Lean and we have brought this knowledge back to our company. Today Seating Matters stands as an example of world class Lean Manufacturing. Lean principles can be implemented into any organisation or industry and in any country.

I hope 2 Second Lean has the same impact for you as it has had for me over the past seven years.


Dr. Derek Sinnott -

Derek is an advocate for sustainable business development through organisational productivity and performance optimisation, high-performance leadership, and digital innovation.

He is a graduate of Civil Engineering from NUI Galway and holds an MSc in Civil Engineering and PhD in Energy Management and Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. He regularly leads industry-focused academic research projects.

In practice, he specialises in Lean, Green and Digital Transformation Strategy Development and deployment aligned to best practice sustainability and ESG reporting standards.

He is Director of Lean Construction Ireland, a community of learning and practice that advocates for the transformation of the Irish construction sector through the adoption of Lean thinking and practice.

Derek is Chair of the Pyrite Resolution Board (PRB) State Board and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the PRB. He is the Sustainability Pillar Co-Chair on the Build Digital Project which will deliver increased digital adoption across the entire Irish construction and built environment sector.

Note regarding the Lean Business Ireland Awards Judging Panel

The Lean Business Ireland (LBI) Awards are judged by a select panel of experienced industry practitioners and academic and subject matter experts who follow LBI’s standard work adjudication process to enable independent, objective, consistent, and rigorous evaluation of all award entrant submissions. As appropriate, a Judge shall be recused from adjudicating a particular award entry and/or category when, for example, a Judge’s own organisation submits an entry, or where a Judge or LBI otherwise deem there is a potential conflict of interest.