Waterford Chamber is delighted to announce the launch of the fifth Regional Leaders Programme which took place on Wednesday, 22nd September and will see over 50 new participants join the hundreds of other business professionals from the region who have already completed the programme and form part of its alumni.

Paul Healy, Chief Executive of Skillnet Ireland joined this year’s virtual launch event as special guest speaker, addressing the new programme participants by offering his views on the importance of life-long learning and leadership.

Skillnet Ireland, through Waterford Chamber Skillnet, has been a major supporter of the Regional Leaders Programme since its inception, bringing funding and expertise to the table, making the offering the success it is today.

Paul Healy, Chief Executive of Skillnet Ireland said: “Our close partnerships with industry tells us that the demand for critical leadership skills at management level is ever-present across businesses in all sectors. As many companies now return to the workplace or move into new working models, the demands of reconnecting and reintegrating teams will require strong social capital skills including, leadership, building and maintaining relationships in a virtual world, team engagement and empathy.
“I’m pleased to launch the Regional Leaders Programme as it enters its fifth year. The programme has been a vital support for businesses in the Waterford region in tackling the challenges they face in the immediate and long-term future.”

Tommie Ryan, Network Manager at Waterford Chamber Skillnet said: “The Regional Leaders Programme is about inspiring future leaders, sharing knowledge and information and creating a powerful business network across the region. We are delighted to be a funding partner to the programme as it enters a landmark fifth year.”

Mark Hennessy, Site Lead at Bausch + Lomb’s multi-function complex in Waterford also joined this year’s launch event as a guest speaker, having participated in the programme as a leader since its launch. The healthcare company which employs over 1,100 people in Waterford has been instrumental in the initial design and ongoing development of the Regional Leaders Programme.

Mark said: “Promoting leadership development is very much in line with our People Strategy here at Bausch + Lomb and we see tremendous value in the Regional Leaders Programme. We have had a number of our team involved over the years, both as leaders and participants and it has proved invaluable. Developing future leaders is essential for industry and through the Regional Leaders Programme, they get real-life experience and support from a cross-section of business people.”

The Regional Leaders Programme runs over nine months and offers one-to-one leadership advice, group learning sessions and inspiring speaker lunches, featuring Normal People casting director Louise Kiely, Paul Stenson, White Moose Cafe and David McRedmond, CEO of An Post and previously CEO of TV3.

For more information on the programme, please visit www.rlp.ie