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 We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless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.

A comprehensive judging process has been developed to decide the winners of the Operational Excellence Awards.

2024 Judging Panel

Brian Coll

Brian Coll (Judging Coordinator)

Lecturer, Lean & Operational Excellence, Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Sligo

Brian is a lecturer at Atlantic Technological University, Sligo which is Ireland’s largest online provider of accredited Lean Six Sigma & OpEx programmes. Brian lectures primarily to online students in the workplace and is programme chair for the ATU Lean & OpEx White, Yellow & Green Belt awards. VIEW MORE

Miriam Keogh

Miriam Keogh

Head of Supply Chain, Lean & HR, Dawn Farm Foods Ltd

Miriam sits on the Leadership team in Dawn Farm Foods and is Head of Supply Chain, HR and Lean Continuous Improvement. She has an MSC in Supply Chain and a Lean Black Belt and believes passionately in the power of great team work and sustainable long term solutions. VIEW MORE

Dr Olivia McDermott

Dr. Olivia McDermott

Associate Professor, University of Galway

Dr Olivia McDermott is an Associate Professor in Medtech Regulatory Affairs and Operational Excellence at the University of Galway. She has published over seventy-five peer- reviewed papers on Operational Excellence. VIEW MORE

Patrick Quinn

Patrick Quinn

Cheshire Ireland, Head of Operations

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. VIEW MORE