Applied Research

The Lean Practitioner Seminar Series brings together Lean and CI practitioners with the purpose of sharing experience, knowledge, expertise, and good practices. Such industry-academia and intra-industry collaboration has been hugely well-received as it enables those practicing lean in public and private organisations, and across all services and manufacturing sectors, to meet on a regular basis and exchange their applied knowledge and experiences with their industry peers. When educators engage with executives in facilitating their learning in lean principles and practice, it enhances the enthusiasm and passion for learning, and the willingness of practitioners to share their knowledge with others. The Lean Practitioner Seminar Series has been designed to harness these attributes and provide a regular mechanism wherein Lean and CI practitioners can engage with each other to deepen their understanding of lean concepts and approaches, and through dialogue heighten their knowledge of lean enterprise, operational, and process excellence.

A number of the Seminar presenters include our Lean & OpEx alumni or current students, some of whom are the Lean & OpEx champions within their own organisations, including global exemplars like Lake Region Medical, TEVA Pharmaceuticals Ireland, and Genzyme – a Sanofi company.

The Lean Practitioner Seminar Series is hosted in WIT as a series of free monthly events during the academic year.


13/1/14Christine Campbell, Pharma-Chemical Ireland (IBEC)Lean Enabling Competitiveness
13/1/14Dr Tom McCabe, Managing Director, Sordolas Ltd.Lean Leadership
13/1/14Bill Murphy, Senior Director of Finance, Sanofi IrelandLean Business Strategy
13/1/14Andy Crowley, General Manager, TEVA Pharmaceuticals IrelandManaging Change & Sustainability
20/11/14Terence Bates, Production Support Supervisor, Lake Region MedicalRegulating Flow in a Batch Environment
5/2/15Pat Logan, Operational Excellence Site Leader, TEVA Pharmaceuticals IrelandUtilising TWI (Training Within Industry) Job Instruction Training to Deliver Operational Excellence in the Pharmaceutical Sector
11/3/15John Quirke, S A PartnersOverview of Shingo Enterprise Excellence and the Practical Application of Shingo Thinking within a Business
28/10/15Mike Healy,  General Manager, Nutriscience IrelandCreating Actionable Data on your Organisation’s Seven Wastes
18/11/15Deirdre Keating, Assistant Director of Clinical Services, Aut Even HospitalStandardising Patient Care Using Lean Methodology
9/12/15Sharon Moroney, Lean Consultant in Financial ServicesLean & Operational Excellence in Financial Services
20/1/16Ian Gourlay, Lean Six Sigma Consultant, Rigney Dolphin/Relate CareLean & Operational Excellence in Contact Centres
10/2/16John Mehigan, Operational Excellence Department, Lake Region MedicalEmployee Engagement
9/3/16Gerry Forristal, Quality Manager, KeltechOperational Excellence in an Imperfect World: An Introduction to Factory Physics
26/10/16Bill Stacey, Team Leader, CartamundiSMED (Single Minute Exchange of Dies)
16/11/16Cathy Mullins, Lean Coach, Sanofi IrelandLean Coaching
14/12/16Pat Mulvee, Industrial Engineer, Boston Scientific ClonmelValue Stream Mapping
18/1/17Aidan Clancy, Commercial Director, Clancy HomesLean Thinking in Construction
15/2/17Pat Power, Engineering Manager, Keltech.5S – More than just “housekeeping”
15/3/17Paul Broderick, General Manager, Pembroke KilkennyEnterprise Excellence in Hospitality
18/10/17Joe Fitzgerald, Owner, Microfix, Idea Factory, Niggle.ieEncouraging Employee Creativity
13/12/17Seán Cooney, Head of Finance, Cartamundi & Dr Collette Kirwan, Lecturer in Accounting, WITLean Accounting: Management Accounting in a Lean Environment
17/1/18Paul Ebbs, Research Fellow, Centre for Lean Projects, Nottingham Trent UniversityThe Business Case for Lean Capital Project Delivery
14/2/18Joe O’Sullivan, Senior Maintenance Manager, TEVA Pharmaceuticals IrelandThe Lean Maintenance Journey
14/3/18Trevor Doherty, Associate Director of Operational Excellence/People Development, MSD Ireland, CarlowThe Power of Coaching