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“It has been a pleasure to work closely with Bernie Rushe, Pat Cullinane and T.P. Fanning of Cordatus Consulting in the development of our Lean Strategic steps and rollout of Yellow Belt and Green Belt Training programmes at Penn Engineering, Galway.
Their experience, expertise and consultations in the matters that are relevant to the development of our transformation into a more effective and efficient Engineering-Manufacturing facility have been truly invaluable. All three consultants have wonderful facilitation, technical, interpersonal skills and have been a conduit to instilment of Lean structure and methods amongst various departments.
In addition, they are excellent at: listening to and understanding our problems; also steering us towards the right direction. Cordatus provide our course attendees with invaluable coaching and mentoring, which helps develop out internal Lean Six Sigma competencies while also ensuring we add value by identifying effective solutions to solve our problems.”
Goda Zvikaite-Byrne, Lean Coordinator, Penn Engineering, Galway

“Working with Pat Cullinane was absolutely fantastic. Pat not only brings a wealth of expertise and experience in Lean but also a wonderful understanding of people. In any Lean journey people are key, and engagement is the most important part of the project; Pat’s insights, advice and recommendations in achieving that were invaluable. The energy Pat brought to every visit was genuinely inspiring – his passion and enthusiasm gave our team the regular boosts that were needed. Combined with his energy was the feeling that Pat does what he does because he loves it, and cares. He shared our vision, goals and hopes for APL’s future and helped us achieve them.”
Andrea Cawley, Director of Sales and Marketing, Automatic Plastics Ltd, Tinahely, Co Wicklow


“I have worked with both Bernie Rushe and Pat Cullinane of Cordatus Consulting in the development and delivery of yellow belt, green belt and black belt courses for Allergan Clonshaugh. Cordatus have also carried out lean six sigma sponsor training with the site management team which is proving invaluable in ensuring project success.  As the Operational Excellence lead for the site, and a candidate on the Cordatus black belt course, I’ve had the opportunity to experience their service offerings from a number of perspectives. They are professional and innovative in the facilitation of lean six sigma courses, and responsive to Allergan’s particular needs. The response from attendees at their courses is very favourable, which results in increasing interest from our employees to “get involved” in the programme. As facilitators they are results focused, and the plant is enjoying excellent results from the projects being completed.
In our OpEx journey Cordatus are playing a key role in ensuring we continue to mature our programme and meet our organisational goals.
It is a pleasure to work with them and I have no hesitation in recommending them for process improvement training and project mentoring.”
Jason Flanagan, Site Operational Excellence Lead & Manufacturing Manager, Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Clonshaugh, Dublin

“Merit Medical chose Bernie (Cordatus) to guide our Business Excellence (BE) programme to success. Based on Lean principles, our operational methodology and focus have changed completely. Cordatus have enabled our transformation, resulting in lots of sweet numbers and great business success to date. Cordatus’got it right’ for Merit by tailoring a targeted, challenging and realistic road map which encompassed:
Programme planning, Structure, Key people and Training to a high standard, enabling Merit personnel to deliver targeted transformation projects (early successes were key to build confidence and take on the next level projects).
Bernie and Cordatus delivered ‘what they said on the label’ … and more, for Merit. We continue to work together and have extended our BE R-map to inc. Supplier Dev. and collaborative product re-design. The learning and drive to improve never ends.
We made the right choice with Bernie and her company, Cordatus.”
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Good Value
Mark Butler, VP of European Operations, Merit Medical, Galway

Bernie has delivered a module on the University of Limerick Continuous Professional Development Diploma in Supply Chain Management. Her in depth knowledge in logistics and supply chain management grounded the concepts being studied in a real world context.  The participants enjoyed the professional approach, excellent feedback and practical application Bernie brought to the material.”
Top qualities: Knowledge Expert, Excellent Rapport, Professional Attitude
Mr Michael Hennessy, Education Programmes Manager, Enterprise Research Centre, University of Limerick

I attended the Introduction to Lean Thinking workshop delivered by Bernie Rushe of Cordatus Consulting on Thursday April 18th 2013 at the Clayton Hotel in Galway. I found the course to be delivered in a very practical manner, without the use of a single PowerPoint slide! Interactive learning was a key feature. None of the learning material was over complicated with the introduction of attendees to the principles of Lean achieved through the use of a simple every-day scenario portrayed on a DVD. Further learning learning objectives of the day such as the demonstration of “push” versus “pull” manufacturing systems were then achieved through the use of Serious Games and role play with attendees encouraged to work in teams throughout. Overall, I found the Workshop to be highly beneficial for those employees attempting to embrace the Lean ethos for the first time, with the training delivery methods allowing attendees to grasp the principles of Lean and associate them with their own workplace.
Conor Carroll, Masters of Applied Science (Enterprise Systems) Student at NUI Galway

“Bernie  is  working  closely with us in Cara Partners  to assist us though our Culture Change Programme and  helping  us develop and redirect the business.
Within a short period we are seeing the results – change in physical appearance of the plant, removal of  monuments and  improved personnel involvement .
The Shorter, Simple  & Safer approach is certainly working for us.”
Top qualities: Reliable, Great Results and Empathetic
John Donlon, Operations Manager, Cara Partners, Cork

Bernie has worked with Wyeth Newbridge (now Pfizer) through Cordatus since 2004. Her in depth knowledge on Lean and Six Sigma helped to launch the Operational Excellence program at the time. Bernie and Cordatus have supplied high quality support since then and have helped Wyeth Newbridge to build significant OE capabilities. The OE program has yielded significant dividends since its inception.”
Top qualities: Expert, Good Value, High Integrity
Dr. Cormac Ahern, Continuous Improvement Manager, Pfizer, Newbridge, Co Kildare

We at Elan (now Alkermes), Athlone, considered a number of partners, in 2008, to help us on our road to Operational Excellence.  Following these considerations, Cordatus became our partner of choice, based on their experience, on feedback we received from those who were employing Cordatus and based on the Cordatus personnel we met as part of our decision process.
Those same Cordatus personnel have continued to support us since then, helping us to create a culture of continuous improvement and to develop a business strategy which has operational excellence as a cornerstone”.
Top qualities: Continuous improvement expertise, Training abilities.
Sean Feeney, Associate Director – Operational Excellence, Elan, Athlone.