Thurs 28th June 10am – 5pm + Networking Event 5pm | Fri 29th June 9am – 2pm
Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath


2018 Speakers are to be announced. Please see below 2017 speakers.

  • Pat Gallagher, Formerly Baxter

    Pat Gallagher has 30 years’ experience in various manufacturing and operations roles within blue chip, multi-national healthcare corporations. He joined Abbott in Sligo in 1986 and later served as Plant Manager at its Johannesburg facility in South Africa. He returned to Ireland in 1996 to join Boston Scientific in Galway as Divisional Manufacturing Director and subsequently moved to Baxter in 2002, initially as GM of its manufacturing operations in Ireland and later as Manufacturing Director, EMEA Region and more recently, he served as Global Operations Director for its Sterile Manufacturing Division. He left the multi-national environment at the end of 2016 to set up an advisory/consultancy business focusing on optimisation of business performance, strategic planning & leadership, organisation development, management coaching/mentoring and building management capability, designing & implementing change programmes, improving return on investment, process optimisation and value-stream management techniques.

    Pat is a former Chair of the Irish Medical Devices Association and a former member of IBEC’s National Executive Committee.

  • Mark McConnell, Johnson & Johnson

    Mark McConnell Director of Johnson & Johnson Mechanical Equipment Automation Centre of Excellence (ACoE) Global Supply Chain. ACoE leverages expertise and recommendation from the Advanced Engineering & Technology Group. The Centre is responsible for the design and implementation of automation and control systems solutions from concept development and selection, layout design, equipment specification, system handover, and start-up assistance with existing or new manufacturing processes for manufacturing plants on a global scale.

    He has been instrumental in developing a successful engineering strategy, and conceived and designed many large-scale projects Globally over the past 16 years.
    Having a Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Diploma in Manufacturing Technology and a strong background of engineering, project management and Automation in companies such as Gillette, Braun, Oral-B and Bausch & Lomb.

  • Kevin Fisher, Pfizer

    An accomplished Engineering leader and Chartered Engineer with over 20 years of practical Automation Engineering and design experience in a number of different industries.

    Areas of expertise include: Automation Engineering design and development for the dairy, brewery and pharma industry including Project management, People management, Team development, Coaching & mentoring. Enjoys the area of problem solving using structured techniques using Lean\Six Sigma methodologies.

    Holds a B.Sc.(Eng.) Electrical Engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and a MIE, Masters in Engineering Mgmt from University College Dublin.

  • Stephen O’Connell, Janssen

    Stephen O’Connell is the Execution Systems Lead for Janssen Biologics where he is responsible for optimizing their data and knowledge management through operations excellence and system standardization.

    Stephen has over 20 years’ experience across multiple industries including the semi-conductor, chemical API pharmaceutical, Biologics manufacturing where he held various roles in functional areas such as Maintenance, Process Engineering, Operations and Project Management.

    Prior to joining J&J Stephen previously held the position of Rockwell IS Regional Delivery Manager for Europe, where he was responsible for the delivery of IS/MES projects across the consumer goods, Pharma and Automotive industry. Additionally Stephen worked in the semi-conductor industry as a Process engineer with Intel and Analog Devices.

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