Judging Panel

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, representing the operational discipline, will determine the winners of the Operational Excellence Awards.

Our focus is to deliver a balanced judging assessment from seasoned practitioners who will bring their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the judging process ensuring that the winning entries are truly outstanding and worthy of receiving an Operational Excellence Awards.

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards' judging process is fair and objective. The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, in which case that entry will be reallocated. The integrity of this process lies at the very heart of all that we do.

We recognise and respect the sensitive nature of the information submitted in the entries. Submissions are not disclosed or discussed outside the judging process. We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless prior permission is given.

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comprehensive judging process has been put together to decide the worthy winners of the Operational Excellence Awards.

2022 Judging Panel

Brian Coll (Judging Co-ordinator)

Brian Coll (Judging Co-ordinator)

Lecturer, Quality & Lean Six Sigma, Atlantic Technological University - ATU Sligo

Brian is a lecturer at the Atlantic Technological University, Sligo which is Ireland’s largest online provider of accredited Lean Six Sigma & OpEx programmes.

Enda Giles

Enda Giles

Head of Manufacturing, Dawn Farm Foods

Head of Manufacturing for the leading cooked and fermented meat ingredients company in Europe, with 29 years’ experience in the industry.

Shane Horgan

Shane Horgan

Site Leadership Team, Viatris API Little Island Cork

With 20+ years experience working various operations roles within the pharmaceutical sector, including leadership of EHS and Engineering, Shane is currently involved in the area of Operational Excellence and Lean Manufacturing.

Miriam Keogh

Miriam Keogh

Head of Supply Chain and Continuous Improvement and HR, Dawn Farm Foods

Miriam has worked in Dawn Farms for 18 years and her depth of knowledge and experience helps her to play a leading role in fostering a culture of continuous improvement across all the various functions of the business

Olivia McDermott

Olivia McDermott

Lecturer, Regulatory Affairs & Lean Six Sigma Quality Management, NUI Galway

Dr. Olivia McDermott has over 15 years industry experience working in senior roles in the manufacturing industry and as a self-employed consultant and trainer.

Ann Marie O'Keeffe

Ann Marie O'Keeffe

Operational Excellence Specialist, Laya Healthcare

Ann-Marie has over 20 years of experience in the Financial & Services Industry working with BUPA Ireland, Quinn healthcare and laya healthcare, proudly part of AIG.

Seamus O’Reilly

Seamus O’Reilly

Senior Lecturer, Cork University Business School, UCC

Dr Seamus O’Reilly is Academic Director of Supply Chain Management (SCM) programmes in Cork University Business School, UCC. His research interests include supply chain networks, supply chain sustainability and business process management.

Michael Phelan

Michael Phelan

Head of Operations & Supply Chain Excellence, Glanbia Co-op

Michael is Head of Operations and Supply Chain Excellence with Glanbia Co-op. B.A, B.A.I, MSC (Tech Mgt.), SSBB. Michael leads an ambitious team of continuous improvement practitioners inspiring and enabling the impacts of our 2,100 employees.

Patrick Quinn

Patrick Quinn

Head of Operations, Cheshire Ireland

The focus of Patrick’s work is the support Cheshire Ireland in their vision “to support people to live their best possible life”. As the Head of Operations, he aims to support their staff to work in line with the values of the organisation while always keeping the needs of their service users at the heart of everything they do.