Leadership North West shares business expertise

Mary Gordon, Founder and President of Roots of Empathy Photo Clive Wasson
Mary Gordon, Founder and President of Roots of Empathy Photo Clive Wasson

Following the recent unprecedented financila turmoil in the country, a group of senior leaders from companies across the North West have come together to launch Leadership North West (NW). Through cooperation, sharing of knowledge and facing up to challenges head on, this group believes they can continue to improve success for their organisations as a result of the ‘action learning’ process, part of the Executive MBS programme at LYIT.

“Many heads are better than one and there’s much experience and business know-how in this group which was evident in our sessions on looking at real business issues. We believe we can continue to draw on this resource in the future,” explains Brian Durnin, Principal Innovation Manager at Seagate, Derry and Chairperson of Leadership NW.

Leadership NW is a network resource formed by graduates of the Letterkenny Institute of Technology’s (LYIT) Executive MBS in Innovation and Leadership programme and includes major business players from Derry Donegal and Sligo. The group wanted to continue the problem solving and network benefits achieved during their Masters programme and use its ‘action learning’ technique to continue to solve real business issues as they arise within their companies.

“We certainly aren’t the experts but we’ve benefited from sharing our business issues and how solving them collectively, can be very powerful,” added Martina Kerr-Bromley, Business Enterprise Manager Failte Ireland NW. “We could see the benefits first hand in our own organisations through the MBS and realised it was too valuable to just finish when we graduated. We want to continue to build relationships and learning.”

Leadership NW is essentially an alumni association which will help members face issues collectively but the intention is to broaden the network further through the LYIT. The stated objectives of the association is to: Tackle frontline issues for the members, work together to bring innovative solutions, identify new products and take action. Leadership NW has a philanthropic ethos and wants to share what has been learned with other LYIT students on the MBS and beyond once it’s become more established. It was officially launched last week at a session with the current group of MBS participants at CoLab Innovation centre, LYIT with guest speaker Sean Gallagher Founder of Smarthomes and Dragon’s Den panel member.

According to Michael Margey, Head of Department of Business Letterkenny IT, the members took the initiative and decided to set up Leadership NW themselves.

“It’s an opportunity for continued learning and sharing for the future and a valuable relationship between industry and education.”

Leadership NW members are: Brian Durnin, Principal Innovation Manager (Seagate, Derry) and Chairperson Leadership NW; Eugene Doherty Owner/Manager (Doherty Joinery) and Vice Chairperson Leadership NW, Caroline Faulkner, VP of Information Systems (Pramerica Ireland Limited), Martina Kerr-Bromely, Business Enterprise Manager (Failte Ireland NW, Hazel Russell Financial Controller (Highland Radio); John Molloy, Director of Operations (Natural Dairies/Green Pastures); Paul Walker, QA Director (Pramerica Systems Ireland Ltd); Sean McAuliffe, General Manager (ISS Facility Services); Padraig O’Grady, Regional Director( IBEC North West); Michael O’Reilly Managing Director (Medisize); John McCarry, General Manager (Dawn Foods); Justin Walsh formerly General Manager, Boston Scientific Letterkenny who is currently working with the Revenue Commissionersand Michael Margey, Head of Department of Business (Letterkenny IT).