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Operations Team

Helping achieve Digital Manufacturing Excellence in Ireland

BILL O' LEARY

General Manager​

Before joining CONFIRM in April 2018 Bill was a Senior Manufacturing Operations Director with over twelve years operations experience and full P&L responsibility for Global multi-sites operations in minerals processing and renewable energy with a turnover in excess of €100M. Holding a PhD, MBA, B.Sc, Six Sigma Black Belt and a certified Quality Auditor, he is recognised as highly communicative, a clear thinker with a strategic nous, trustworthy, innovative, analytical and highly motivated.

Conor McCarthy

Centre Director & Principal Investigator

Having grown up in Glasnevin, Dublin, Professor Conor McCarthy has spent the best part of the last 20 years in the Mid-west region carrying out research into joining dissimilar materials for high-end industrial applications. Now residing in the lakeside town of Ballina, Co Tipperary, Professor McCarthy is the Centre Director for Confirm – Smart manufacturing, a new major national SFI research centre focused on Smart manufacturing technologies.

Gillian O' Sullivan​

Senior Administrator​

Gillian is the Confirm Senior Administrator and is responsible for overseeing day to day operations of the Confirm office, liaising with our various RPOs as well as coordinating events. Gillian brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to the team from her history working with industry.

Trish Bourke​

Reporting, Compliance & Finance Manager​

Having joined the University of Limerick in 2002 coming from Industry Trish Bourke has worked in the Research Finance Department of the University of Limerick for the past 16 years where she provided a range of financial services, support and advice to the Research community within UL and also externally to the funding agencies, HEI’s and Industry partners to the University.

Paraic Rattigan​

Industry Research Program Manager​

Paraic joined CONFIRM in January 2019 having spent over 10 years working in private sector consulting in the development and delivery of large national and international infrastructure projects. He has held a wide variety of technical and management roles in areas such as advisory, design and project management. He is an experienced Project Manager with proven communication, organisation and problem-solving skills. Paraic holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia, as well as a PhD and Bachelors degree in Engineering from University College Dublin.

Sylvia Keane

Marketing & Communications Manager

Sylvia Keane is our new Confirm Marketing & Communications Manager. She is an experienced senior Marketing & Communications Specialist with more than 9 years’ international experience with a proven record of accomplishment in account management, marketing strategy and business development. Sylvia has a diverse range of sector experience within manufacturing – medical device, supply chain, & semiconductor/aerospace. Qualifications include Bachelor of Business, Master of Science in Marketing, Consumption & Society and a Postgraduate in International Business Development.

Sean O'Brien

Education, Public Engagement & Training Manager

Sean O’Brien is our new Confirm Education, Public Engagement & Training Manager. Sean is a science education graduate with 7 years’ experience coordinating and developing STEM education, outreach & public engagement projects in Limerick, particularly aimed at engaging disadvantaged communities.

Patrick Reidy

Business Development Manager.

Patrick Reidy is our new Confirm Business Development Manager. Patrick is degree qualified with a postgrad in Business Admin and a technical background in manufacturing and materials. He has worked in BD across industries nationally and internationally and built the network in his role with Tricel close to 40 engaged customers.

SUSAN DALY

SMART 4.0 PROGRAMME MANAGER

Susan brings a wealth of experience and capabilities to CONFIRM. Following completion of her PhD, Susan’s early research career included various research fellowships and academic appointments, before joining industry. Since then, she has enjoyed an evolving and expanding repertoire of skills and capabilities in areas such as product development (hardware engineering, reliability, compliance, sustaining engineering, continuous improvement), cross-functional project/program coordination and management, and has held roles of increasing scope and international responsibility (EU, US, Middle East) in life science businesses, addressing both research and regulated markets. Susan has a proven track record of achievement and delivering results through the currency of publication, recognition from awarding bodies, and project/program customer milestone delivery. She is an effective people leader, motivator and team player. Susan holds

NIALL KEELY

Strategic research manager

Niall is our Strategic Research Manager with over 10 years of experience spanning across third-level research, IT, pharmaceutical and clinical trial industries. He has held a wide variety of technical, advisory and management roles; including a support officer role in the Research Office at University of Limerick affording a knowledge of the national and international funding landscape. Niall also has experience of business development and commercialisation of digital products for business excellence and sustainability. Niall holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Trinity College Dublin, MA in International Entrepreneurship Management from UL, HDip in Systems Analysis from NUI Galway, and BSc in Industrial Chemistry from UL.

Sean Nolan

Funding Manager

Sean has 15+ years’ experience working in applied research at University of Limerick and Trinity College Dublin in the areas of sensor system development, process monitoring in machining, automation & robotics, and energy monitoring for Industrial manufacturing. Sean began his early career working in electronic manufacturing and Semiconductor industries, later moving into the research sector where he held the roles of Lead R&D Engineer and Research Fellow. He has a wealth of experience in the sourcing, execution and delivery of exchequer and non-exchequer funded research projects. Sean’s educational background is in Electronic Engineering and he holds a PhD in the area of ultrasonic sensor development and an M.Eng in the design and development of underwater robotic vehicle platforms.

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