Lean Academy Team



Seán Paul Teeling

Seán Paul Teeling

Seán Paul Teeling– Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt / Assistant Professor, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems

Seán Paul Teeling is the Assistant Professor Health Systems/Mater Lean Academy. He is the Programme Director of the Lean training programmes at the Mater Lean Academy and UCD. Prior to this, Seán Paul worked as Lean Manager at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Dublin. Seán Paul was the Nurse Planning Officer on the Mater Campus Development Project for 8 years, on the planning, development and implementation of clinical and support services for the new Whitty building.

Coming from a clinical background, he has worked as an Operating Theatre manager in the Mater and Beaumont hospitals, and in Tallaght, the Adelaide and the National Children’s Hospital Harcourt Street, as well as working as a Theatre Nurse in both the UK and the United States. Seán Paul holds an MBA (with merit), BSc (hons) in Health Service Management, and BMus alongside his specialist Lean Six Sigma Green, Black and Master Black Belt qualifications. He is also a licensed SHINGO Institute Affiliate. He has further qualifications in General (RN) and Children’s (RCN) Nursing, and an H.Dip in Operating Theatre Nursing. He is currently a PhD student with the Centre for Person Centred Practice Research, QMU Edinburgh.

In January 2011 he was appointed by the Minister for Health as a member of the Health Products Regulatory Authority Advisory Committee on Medical Devices, to which he was recently reappointed for a second 5 year term.


Aileen Igoe

Aileen Igoe

Aileen Igoe- Lean Six Sigma Black Belt / Lean Manager /Adjunct Lecturer, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems

Aileen Igoe is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with a background in Architecture, Design and Project Management. Her position within the Mater/UCD Lean Academy incorporates teaching, project facilitation and a design role in process re-engineering and facility design. Aileen played a key role in the set up and development of the Mater Lean Academy and its inaugural Green Belt projects. Before joining the Mater Lean Academy Aileen worked with a consultancy firm providing process improvement expertise to organisations in both private and public Healthcare sectors. She is a skilled facilitator accomplished at mentoring and managing groups through problem solving whilst encouraging development of individual talent. Previous clients include Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and the Blackrock Clinic. She has a particular interest in utilising 5S workplace organisation techniques to re-order and redesign work environments and in Lean led design to align process with space design.

Aileen holds an honours degree and professional qualification in Architecture from UCD (BScArch; BArch) and has over 10 years experience in the design and management of complex building projects within healthcare, community and social housing services. Aileen employs a holistic approach to problem solving using her architectural background, incorporating design thinking and rigorous analytical skills to develop creative and practical sustainable solutions with the team.


Michelle McGurk

Michelle McGurk

Michelle McGuirk- Lean Six Sigma Black Belt / Lean Facilitator

Michelle McGuirk is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a Masters in Environmental Health and Safety Risk Management and a Bachelors degree in Biotechnology. She has worked for over 15 years in the Healthcare sector and has worked on numerous change management and process improvement projects within the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.

Michelle has worked alongside the Mater Lean Academy since its development, starting out as the Lean Administrator and then changing roles to become a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She now facilitates teaching on the Lean Academy programmes and manages Green belt teams with planning and implementing Lean projects. She brings a practical level of problem solving and data analysis skills, along with her Lean knowledge and leadership skills to lead on change initiatives


Vanessa Kelly

Vanessa Kelly

Vanessa Kelly - Mater Lean Academy Office Administrator

Vanessa Kelly is the Mater Lean Academy Office Administrator. Vanessa is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (healthcare) Graduate since 2017. With an administration background in the private sector working for a large multinational insurance company she joined the Mater Hospital in 2013 and has worked with Clinicians and Senior Hospital Managers . Vanessa’s role includes programme co-ordination, event management and office accounts. She is currently a member of the EPSilon (scheduled care) project working group.