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Meet Our Team Lean Business Mentors | ETAC Solutions

Steve Halpin

Steve leads the team at ETAC providing Lean business solutions to companies throughout Ireland. With a background in engineering, Steve has over 20 years experience in operations management in multi-national organisations. Steve’s belief is that employees can significantly improve their processes with the right training and guidance. He has supported process improvements in all sectors including manufacturing, retail, legal, financial services, logistics and healthcare. His approach is to coach rather than direct and he is passionate about creating better, simpler lean business solutions for his clients thereby achieving operational excellence.

Martina Murphy

Martina is an experienced Senior Executive in global and regional corporate positions. She is skilled in strategic planning, account management, talent management, coaching, organisational development, Lean business and change management.

Martina is keen to work with organisations where the cultural values align with her own personal beliefs. By empowering leaders, managers and their teams through caring enabling work environments, it is possible to achieve long term success and operational excellence.

Martine Denihan

Martine started out her career in computers as systems operator, programmer, business systems analyst and in the last 20 years was IT Manager with Barclay Chemicals.  During this time, Martine also filled various other management roles in the areas of Quality, Customer Service and HR.  In 2010 as “Lean Champion” she started on a Lean transformation cultural journey working to the Shingo Standard.  This involved defining the company culture and its supporting behaviours while creating the environment to embed them in line with the Lean principles.  In this role Martine demonstrated her ability to influence, coach and mentor at every level to bring about change.  Martine is a Lean advocate and understands from experience that strong leaders are required to drive a Lean culture and they need coaching and support from expert mentors.

Trish Ferguson

Trish is the Office Manager at ETAC and has over 16 years administration experience in a range of roles including Marketing Executive, Office Manager, PA & Legal Secretary.

Kieron Byrne

Kieron is a highly motivated, dynamic and innovative professional with 25 years senior management experience in Lean business, procurement, strategic sourcing, supply chain management, high volume manufacturing, operations management and project management.

Most recently he has acted as Programme Director on a number of large and high profile property transformation initiatives.  Kieron focuses on the achievement of results with particular attention on continuous improvement, functional transformation, change management and cost reduction strategies.

He has excellent communication, negotiation and team management skills as well as international experience.  Kieron’s portfolio includes sourcing, purchasing, supplier performance management, eSourcing systems, operations management, SCM, competitive analysis, property transformation project management, cost reduction programme management, supplier relationship management.

He has also received the Procurement Leaders Award from the Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management.

Alex Gibbs

Alex is a professional and committed Business Excellence and Transformation Leader, credible and influential at all organisational levels.  He has a track record of successful delivery of change project and project program management for Sales and Marketing, Management Services, Supply Chain and Manufacturing Operations.  Alex is effective in leading change and process improvement in international and cross functional business contexts.  In addition, Alex is an accomplished consultant in the application of Lean and business management systems to drive continual improvement in wide range of areas including Sales CRM systems, Lean Capability Building, Compliance, Sustainability and Health & Safety.  Finally, he has over 30 years international experience gained with in the Philips NV group of companies.


MBA, BSc, Prince2 Practitioner, Lean Master and EFQM Award Assessor

Brian O'Connor

Brian is an experienced Business Coach, Mentor, Trainer & Facilitator.  He specialises in working with businesses and individuals to improve their knowledge, skills and attitude, to help them move to the next level.

Brian has extensive business experience working in the corporate and SME sectors for over 30 years.  His knowledge and experience include sales, compliance, HR, property and sports management.  This allows him to challenge individuals to set out their vision of where they want to take their business and how to get there.

In short Brian connects with people to identify talents available to facilitate growth in their company.

Willie Cleary

Willie is an experienced Management Consultant with over 16 years’ experience in supporting board members in making sound financial decisions.  He has implemented regulatory and legislative changes maintaining standards at a corporate level.  Willie has written, developed and implemented strategies on a number of assignments across diverse industries as well as successfully managed resulting change.

He has experience across numerous business sectors including construction, medical, engineering, meat processing, plastic manufacturing, oil & lubricant distribution, wine wholesaling & retailing, fashion wholesaling & retailing and charity.

He is a fellow and member of the following professional organisations:

  • Fellowship of Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
  • Fellowship of Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.
  • Member of Tipperary LEO Evaluation & Approvals Committee & Mentor Panel.
  • Member of IntertradeIreland Brexit Advisory, Elevate & Acumen Consultant Panels.
  • Member of Failte Ireland Business Mentor Panel.
  • Member of Invest NI Mentor Panel.

Carolina Blackman Nunez

Carolina is a journalist who loves languages and writing.  She specialises in marketing, communications and learning management systems.  She has worked for several universities and institutes in Venezuala, Colombia and the USA as a Languages Professor in the schools of nursing, health, business, IT and education and as the main LMS Administrator.

With a background in Communication Sciences, she has been working as a journalist and magazine editor.  She has also worked as a Languages Professor in a high school, designing online courses for children.

Carolina loves languages, teaching and is always open to learning new things.  She is always available to help clients and deal with any enquiries.