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  1.  Tell us about your business?

Mid-West Regional Skills is about creating and strengthening links between industry and education & training providers. The availability of skills and talent for businesses is critical towards ensuring increased economic productivity and job creation.

   2. How did you get into the industry? 

Regional Skills is a relatively new initiative and I have been appointed as manager of the mid-west regional skills forum. My work background has been a mix of private and public service which gives me a unique perspective on the task ahead.  We are tasked with being the conduit between public and private sectors to identify skills gaps relative to the demands of industry and how best they can be met by  education and training providers.  I have a strong working knowledge of the education system having worked closely with the Department of Education while also serving on various education boards that managed Post Primary, Further & Adult Education and Higher Education facilities in the mid-west.

   3. What’s the best thing about being in business in Limerick?

Limerick offers a great work life balance in a dynamic and cosmopolitan region … but the air of positivity and confidence that now permeates around the city and wider region is palpable. The willingness of people from business, education and community sectors to work together and give of their time when asked for the social & economic development of Limerick is one of the most satisfying aspects of my experience to date.

  4.  What do you find most beneficial in regards to being Limerick Chamber member? 

Regional Skills has just joined as a chamber member but the provision of information on various industry events enables networking opportunities which contributes towards greater collaboration in the city.

  5. What has given you most satisfaction in business? 

The variety and openness of employers to engage with the skills process.  Looking into the future we are identifying skill gaps for jobs that don’t even exist yet. 

While I am relatively new in this position, informing employers from SME’s to multi-national organisations of the opportunities available through partnering with local education providers is hugely positive. The world of work is changing rapidly with new job roles requiring new skill sets. We have a strong robust educational offering in this city and region to meet the changing needs of industry but only if we collaborate effectively.

  6. Who are your business icons or inspirations? My former manager when I worked in Canon UK & Ireland, Don Cameron RIP, taught me the valuable lesson of listening and more importantly understanding the needs of customers in delivering product solutions.

Limerick has a thriving entrepreneurial spirit. The Collison brothers who established Stripe have really ignited an entrepreneurial flame throughout the region and their business journey is only beginning.

  7. What has been your biggest challenge in business, and how did you surmount it? 

My focus now is to inform employers about Mid-West Regional Skills and how we can help upskill or maybe reskill employees to manage changing roles or new areas of responsibility.

  8. Work-Life balance: is it possible? How do you achieve it? 

Yes, it’s called time management, early morning run, the odd cycle, ferrying children around to various activities and social relaxation delivers a reasonable balance.

  9. What is the first thing you do every day?

Check weather, twitter and lace up the runners.

  10. What advice would you give to someone starting out in business? 

Be aware of various business supports. Network and don’t be afraid to ask for help from anyone you believe can assist.

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