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Mark Gallagher - Formula 1 Motor Racing

Mark Gallagher, has spent his career working in the global sports business of Formula 1 motor racing. This includes 15 years spent on the management boards of two well-known teams, Jordan Grand Prix and Red Bull Racing, and later as Managing Director of the Cosworth Formula 1 engine company.

His third book - ‘The Business of Winning – Transformation from the Formula 1 track to the Boardroom’  - was published on October 3rd 2021. Mark was instrumental in introducing Lean principles and practice to the Redbull Formula 1 Team pitstops, which have become the benchmark in the sport and boast the fastest pitstops over the last 3 years.

Presentation Topic: Leadership, Culture & People

A story of how a journey of Operational Excellence can be improved by focusing on Leadership, Data and communication. Ardmac focus on the delivery of their guiding principles and execution of these values from their leadership team. Using data trends to highlight and improve performance as well as a commitment to keep everyone informed has resulted in exemplar results for the business.

Presentation Topic: Operational excellence driven by Leadership, Data and Communication.

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Jason Casey - Managing Director - Ardmac

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  • Cora O’ Connor – Compliance and Lean Lead – Kirby Group Engineering

20+ years’ experience in the construction industry. I started my career as a quality systems administrator in the Industrial Refrigeration Industry.  I worked and studied my way to Quality Manager ,where my role developed to managing regulatory compliance and quality assurance over a large portfolio of projects in such industries as Bio Pharma, Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Brewery, Beverage, Data Centres and Food Industries.

Currently I am the Compliance and Lean Lead for Kirby Group Engineering where my key objectives are to identify and prioritise the areas for improvement through the audit process and use a systematic approach e.g. Lean and Six Sigma tools to implement quality solutions which improve performance across all functions in a results and goal oriented manner.

I recently obtained a  Masters Degree in Strategic Quality Management, Lean Sigma Systems, Master Black Belt with the University of Limerick, sponsored by Kirby Group Engineering.

I also am a Chartered Quality Professional and Member of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQP MCQI)

Presentation Topic: Cost of Quality on Construction Projects

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  • Elaine Harrington – Continuous Improvement Manager – Suir Engineering

I started my career as a contracts control administrator which gave me an insight into the construction process pathway and I learned how fast-paced this environment was.  In 1997 I worked in Johannesburg South Africa and worked my way up to gain knowledge of electrical drawings and estimation upon returning to Ireland my pathway opened into Quantity surveyor highlights from these years were the collaboration of different sectors learning from MV/LV projects to building stone facades on Dundrum shopping centre, Kilternan hotel to Kilronan castle to large data centres excelling to manage the entire commercial team, midway the recession in 2009 I was heavily involved in dispute resolutions and claims with liquidators and receivers, this strangely was a highlight in my career as it showed me not to look at big companies and think there are invisible and also the weight on the contractual side of the business.

Presentation Topic: Lean & Contract Knowledge Database

National (UK&I) strategic Lean Improvement Lead. 12+ years experience of improvement methodologies and Lean deployment in construction culture. Co-chair of the ENCORD Lean working group. Advisor to the Lean Construction School. Chartered Quality Professional and Member of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQP MCQI).

Presentation Topic: Lean – Sustainability – Infrastructure

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  • Stewart Willis – Lean Improvement Lead – BAM