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Darrin is a Lecturer in Management at South East Technological University (SETU) School of Business, Waterford. He is Joint Programme Director of the SETU Lean Enterprise and Operational Excellence portfolio of executive/practitioner programmes, and Co-Lead of the Academy of Lean Enterprise Excellence in the RIKON Research Centre. He lectures Lean modules on several executive/practitioner programmes, including the Master of Business Studies in Lean Enterprise Excellence, the Executive MBA, and the Diploma in Lean Fundamentals. He supervises postgraduate research on Lean, Continuous Improvement, and Change Management in public and private organisations of all scales and sizes and from across a variety of sectors.

Darrin’s research interests are primarily focused on the Socio elements of Lean as a Socio-Technical System. He regularly contributes to various Lean conferences and events, and researches and publishes in the Lean space, including case books commissioned by Enterprise Ireland and Lean Construction Ireland.

Prior to entering academia in 2004, Darrin worked for over a decade in the private sector as an operations manager and in consultancy. He collaborates extensively with industry, encompassing public and private organisations across services, manufacturing, healthcare, public services, and construction. He is a Co-Founder, Steering Committee Member, and current Chairperson of Lean Business Ireland. He is Co-Chair of the South East Lean Network, and advised on the establishment of the other Regional Lean Networks throughout Ireland. Darrin supported Lean Construction Ireland (LCi) 2015-2022 in several parallel roles, including as Special Advisor to the LCi Board of Directors and to the LCi Client Forum, as LCi Capability Development Lead, as Creator and Editor of the LCi Annual Book of Cases 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 (global sectoral first-of-kind), and led development of a standardised Lean Construction Course Portfolio at White Belt, Yellow Belt, Green Belt levels (global sectoral first-of-kind).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Masters Degree, Internationalisation

Award Date: 01 Sep 2004

External positions

Chairperson, Lean Business Ireland (LBI)

01 Mar 2022 → …

Co-Founder, Lean Business Ireland (LBI)

01 Jan 2016 → …

Steering Committee Member, Lean Business Ireland (LBI)

01 Jan 2016 → …

Capability Development Lead, Lean Construction Ireland (LCi)

01 Oct 201531 Dec 2021

Strategic Advisor, Lean Construction Ireland (LCi)

01 Oct 201531 Dec 2021

Co-Chair, South East Lean Network

01 Jan 2012 → …


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