Neol Hennessy – Consultant, Ireland

Noel Hennessey has over 20 years’ experience of implementing Lean Manufacturing and other Change Management Programs. Most notably in his role as Enterprise Excellence Director Noel led his former employer Lake Region Medical to achieve Shingo Bronze Medallion status in 2012 and 2015, and is now a Shingo Institute Assessor. Prior to that Noel held leadership roles with SeaGate Technoloies, GSK, TEVA, 3 COM and Measurex.

In 2007 Noel was awarded his MSc in Lean Operations from Cardiff University and received his Doctorate in Business Administration from Waterford Institute of Technology in 2017 which explores the relationship between Employee Engagement and Continuous Improvement. Noel’s search for Best Practice has seen him participate in benchmarking visits across Europe, United States, India and Japan. A passionate advocate of the transformational power of Lean Manufacturing and the Shingo Prize Model in particular, Noel is a regular presenter at National and International, Enterprise Excellence Forums. He has served a number of years in a voluntary capacity as Chairman of the South East Lean Forum and as a board member of the Irish Centre for Business Excellence. Noel lectures part-time at Carlow I.T. and is also a regular contributor to Waterford Institute of Technology MSc in Lean Business Program.