WHO WE ARE… Lean Construction Ireland is an all-island, independent, and voluntary not-for-profit association whose members passionately believe that Lean Thinking & Practices can enable and sustain enhanced effectiveness, efficiency, productivity, and profitability for the Irish Construction Sector, Clients, and Supply Chain.
WHAT WE DO… Lean Construction Ireland leads a community of learning and practice that promotes the application of Lean Thinking & Practices throughout the Irish Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) sector so as to realise value-add for all stakeholders in the value chain. It supports the free and open exchange of knowledge, information, and experiences around good practices and case studies. It also supports ongoing research into Lean practices nationally and globally, their application to AEC, and their sharing with the wider Lean Construction Ireland Community. It is aligned to LCI USA.
CORE VALUES… Collaboration. Leadership. Teamwork.
Commitment. Knowledge. Innovation. Integrity.
- Capital Project Clients/Owners – public and private.
- AEC Supply Chain.
- AEC Representative Bodies & Agencies.
- AEC Professional Bodies.
- AEC Academics.
- Lean Consultants/Trainers.
- Lean Ireland.
- Ireland Inc.
Deliver Projects Better, Faster, Together
To achieve this Vision Lean Construction Ireland will:
- Promote the application of Lean Thinking & Practices in the Irish AEC sector.
- Develop a national network of members committed to the application of Lean Thinking & Practices.
- Challenge the status quo of current project thinking and delivery methods.
- Advance amongst all stakeholders the business case for Lean Construction knowledge and skills.
Lean Construction Ireland Board of Directors…
Richard Fitzpatrick – Chair
Richard is Director for Programme Management and Project Controls with the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board and a member of the NPHDB Executive with responsibility for delivering the New Children’s Hospital – the largest single capital investment in any healthcare project in Ireland.
Richard has over 25 years’ programme and project management experience having been responsible for managing the delivery of major capital infrastructure programmes both in the UK and Ireland. Prior to joining the NPHDB Richard held a senior position with Dublin City Council, prior to this was Project Director for the construction of University of Ulster’s new university campus in Belfast City and Managing Partner for EC Harris’ consultancy business in Ireland.
Richard is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and also a Member of the Association for Project Management. He graduated with an honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from London South Bank University and holds APMP accreditation.
Richard is Chair of Lean Construction Ireland, an independent all-island voluntary not-for-profit association leading the initiative to transform the Irish Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) industry through collaboration and the application of Lean thinking and practices.
John French – Vice Chair
Kevin White – Company Treasurer
Angelyn Rowan – Company Secretary
Angelyn is a Partner in the Construction and Projects group at Eversheds Sutherland. Angelyn advises clients on major infrastructure projects, complex procurement matters and construction. She is and has been involved in some of the largest public sector infrastructure projects in Ireland over recent years, including the development of the DIT Grangegorman Campus and Social Housing PPPs.
Angelyn’s experience includes advising:
- funders, developers, employers and contractors on all aspects of construction law, specialising mainly in non-contentious areas;
- both the public and private sectors on Public Private Partnerships in the education, healthcare, social housing and roads sectors; and
- on all aspects of Irish and European public procurement, including the conduct of tender procedures, procurement challenges and the rights and obligations of contracting authorities.
Angelyn is a member of the Law Society of Ireland, the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association, the Society of Construction Law and Procurement Lawyers’ Association. She is a director of Lean Construction Ireland.
Joe O’Sullivan – Director
Joe started his career as an engineer and contract manager in the UK, working both with main contractors and large subcontractors on a variety of projects, including commercial, hospitals and industrial work, joining Sisk during this time. He returned to Ireland in 1997 and has since concentrated on working in the Life Sciences sector, delivering a variety of construction and project management solutions from large scale new-build to small but complex retro-fit projects on live campus environments for large multi-national clients.
Joe passionately believes that efficient and effective construction can only be delivered if those involved truly understand the building process, and are focused on finding better and more efficient details and build sequences. Collaboration, coaching, mutual understanding and the sharing of resources of all kinds are key tools in the drive for efficiency.
Joe’s focus is on relationships and people – this he feels is what really delivers successful projects.
Gary Widger – Director
A dynamic leader with a proven track record in the design & delivery of innovative business transformations that add value. Highly qualified with 17 years’ experience leading change across large companies in Europe, Asia and US. Senior leadership team member. Passionate about energizing people to work together to achieve a shared vision.
Trevor McSharry – Director
Trevor McSharry is the Head of Department of Civil Engineering and Construction at IT Sligo. In partnership with industry, he has led the development of Ireland’s largest portfolio of accredited online part time programmes for the construction sector. Trevor is a Chartered Engineer and holds an MBA. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMI), he has over 22 years of industrial and academic experience to a senior management level and worked in the Food, Electronic, Nuclear, Pharma and Biotech industries. He has intimate knowledge and experience in Project and Programme management, particularly in areas such as large multinational capital construction and process improvement projects. Trevor is currently Chair of the Construction IT Alliance (CITA) North West Hub and recently completed a Post Grad Certificate in BIM and the Digital Environment including Lean Production. His research interests include lean, quality, and design and project management processes.
Elizabeth Wheeler – Director
A Director in Henchion-Reuter Architects, Elizabeth is a senior construction professional with 15 years of industry experience in defining, leading and implementing large scale construction projects. Key experience to date includes positions such as Lead Architect for the redevelopment of Cork County Hall, major infrastructure works in Dublin Docklands, large scale housing schemes for local authorities, IPD and LPS implementation in a major semi-conductor manufacturer in Ireland.
As Team Leader Elizabeth focuses on the delivery of success while maintaining quality through attention to detail and building and maintaining good relationships with client and design teams. Her experience gained in project-specific and enterprise-wide improvement efforts through working with individuals and project teams has served as a valuable resource to all her construction clients.
Construction: Contract Management, Practice Leadership, Innovation & Design, Lean Process Improvement, Relationship Management, Business Development & Programme Management.
Richard Casey – Director
Richard is a Senior Lean Construction Productivity Manager with DPS. Richard has over 20 years’ experience in the global Semiconductor High Volume Manufacturing and Construction Sectors completing Project Management, Systems Design and Lean Program Implementation. Richard has significant experience in lean principles implementation of productivity systems and structure for manufacturing and construction as well as extensive experience in developing productivity improvement systems to reduce waste and eliminate impacts from design through to commissioning for large capital projects. Richard is author of a number of papers on ‘People Development’ and has published his own book on goal setting and problem solving techniques for new managers. Richard has developed Trade productivity improvement systems such as the Daily Milestone tracker (DMT), Constraint Log Implementation and Last Planner® for tracking and managing large scale project progress.
Jason Casey – Director
Throughout his twelve years’ experience with Ardmac Jason has gained considerable experience in Technology & Interior Contracts Management. He is a highly conscientious Operations Manager with exceptional commitment to managing each element of work to the customer’s satisfaction, and driving programmes whilst maintaining a firm focus on safety, quality, and budget. Jason has been a leader in the Ardmac “Lean Construction Journey”, and is a champion of innovation and change. Jason is also a Lean Construction Ireland Director and is a Chartered Construction Manager.
Derek Sinnott – Director
Dr. Derek Sinnott is Head of Department of the Built Environment at Waterford Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of Civil Engineering from NUI Galway and holds MSc in Civil Engineering and PhD in Energy Management and Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. He is highly motivated individual with considerable technical, strategic leadership and managerial experience having worked for more than fifteen years in Industry and Higher Education. He regularly leads Industry focused academic research projects and supervises research at MSc and PhD levels.
Minister for Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney TD, appointed Derek to the Board of the Pyrite Resolution Board (PRB) in September 2016. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the PRB. He is a judge for the Irish Construction Excellence Awards and is past Chair of the South East Region Committee of Engineers Ireland.
Derek is a passionate promotor of Sustainability in the Built Environment through construction and engineering innovation, including Lean, BIM and the use of novel construction practices. Research interests include transition to a low carbon society, assimilation of energy use behaviour, anthropogenic environment change effects and C&D waste reduction. He was a member of the International Management Committee of Cost Action TU1104 ‘Smart Energy Regions’ under the RTD 7th Framework Programme.
Dr. Avril Behan – Director
Dr. Avril Behan is Assistant Head of the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street where she is responsible for the management of programmes and collaborative modules in the area of BIM & Lean, Digital Construction & Engineering, and Advanced Analytics for Engineering & the Built Environment. She also teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across DIT’s College of Engineering & the Built Environment and supervises at MSc, MPhil and PhD levels.
Avril is a Chartered Geomatics Surveyor and holds a PhD in the application of geomatics to architectural historical studies. Her research interests include all aspects of building information modelling & management, particularly integration of geomatics technologies & spatial information, applications of analytics & Machine Learning in Engineering & Built Environment contexts, collaborative education, and full asset lifecycle management. The integration of lean construction with BIM is also an area of special interest and links with Avril’s role as a Director of Lean Construction Ireland. Avril is DIT’s Lead Investigator on the EU-funded BIMCert project which is producing training materials to enable construction personnel at all levels to utilise BIM to achieve EU Buildings Directive energy targets.
She chairs the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland BIM inter-professional working group, is vice-Chair of SCSI’s Geomatics Profession Group and is a Member of both the UK and Irish BIM academic fora. She is also a member of the buildingSMART (bSI) UKI steering committee for the development of the UKI bSI Professional Certification Programme in Open BIM and the international representative on the survey4bim working group of the UK BIM Task Group. Avril is a member of the Royal Academy of Ireland’s Geosciences & Geographical Sciences Committee for the 2018 – 2021 term: https://www.ria.ie/bios/geosciences-and-geographical-sciences-committee/all
Denis Leonard – Director
Denis has a degree in Building Engineering, an MBA and PhD in Business & Management (Quality Management) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Quality Institute, Fellow of the American Society for Quality and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building. A Certified Lean Practitioner, Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Certified Quality Manager and Auditor he has experience with Lean, Six Sigma, ISO9001, ISO14001, OHSAS18001, ISO44001 and the EFQM Criteria. He has worked with Quality Management in the construction industry for 15 years in commercial, civil engineering and home building. He is a member of the Competency Working Group, Construction Special Interest Group, Chartered Quality Institute and a Vice Chair of the American Society for Quality, Design and Construction Division Board. He is the Head of Integrated Management Systems for GRAHAM.
Niall Stone – Director
Niall holds Degrees in Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and an MSc in Information Systems. He leads the Design & Engineering Division of the Group and is instrumental in the ongoing modernisation of information and communication systems. Niall champions a collaborative approach to Building Information Modelling (BIM) Technologies throughout the Group.
Perry Haughton – Director
Perry joined BAM in 1980 as a Site Engineer on power stations for the ESB and subsequently progressed to Section Engineer on the Irish Cement Project. Promoted to Site Agent in 1984, Perry was responsible for numerous significant civil engineering and building projects. In 1990 he advanced to the role of Contracts Manager for the Government Offices in Bonn Germany, as well as managing major infrastructure and Building Projects in the UK. In 2006 Perry was promoted to his current role of Project Director and is responsible for major and complex building projects in the Leinster region.
Perry holds single point responsibility for the overall performance of specific projects, including overall accountability for safety, functional use, commercial, quality & environmental goals of these projects. Perry maintains the ability to oversee complex projects in terms of construction methods, sequencing of construction and liaising with clients, other contractors and subcontractors and the wider supply chain on the project.
As Project Director, Perry has worked successfully on many high-profile projects with prestigious clients such as: Intel; Pfizer; GSK; Aviva; Glanbia and the OPW.
Perry’s current Projects include: the Visual Control Tower at Dublin Airport for the IAA; Number 1 Molesworth Street office development for Green REIT and on-going Projects at Intel.