Who We Are & What We Do

Midlands Regional Skills Forum Members


Mr John Mc Kenna            Forum Chair & Vice President TÚS:MMW

Mr Ken Whitelaw               Regional Manager IDA

Ms Antonine Healy            FET Director LWETB

Mr Tony Dalton                  FET Director LOETB

Mr Mark Atterbury            Regional Development Executive Enterprise Ireland

Mr Ciaran King                   Construction Industry Federation

Ms Anne Naughton           Project Officer Skills For Growth

Ms Catherine Collins        Manager First Polymer Skillsnet

Ms Tracey Tallon               Westmeath LEO

Mr Paddy Mahon               CE Longford County Council

Ms Helen Leahy                 Regional Policy Manager IBEC

Mr Michael Tobin               Dean of Life Long Learning TÚS:MMW (Athlone)

Ms Sarah Morgan              Programme Mgr. Midlands Regional Enterprise Plan 

Mr John Costello               Regional Skills Forum Manager

Ms Avril Browne                HR & Training Glanbia Cheese EU

Ms Elma Ravenhill            HR Manager Critical Healthcare

Vacant                                 DSP Representative

What We Do


The RSFM has established a strong knowledge of critical vacancies and key skills that are required from companies across the Midlands.  This information influences course creation in key areas, creating a pipeline of talent in the every changing world of work.

Success to date includes:

  • Upskilling older workers in the area of basic IT skills through the EXPLORE Programme.
  • Developing and implementing a Welding Apprenticeship Programme with the Midlands ENGENUITY cluster.
  • Contributing research, providing supportive documentation, and conducting surveys & skills audits for:
    • The Advanced Technologies in Manufacturing cluster.
    • Midlands Advanced Manufacturing Action Plan 2021-2024.
    • MidlandsIreland.ie Regional Food & Drink Strategy 2021-2024.
    • Springboard+ Programme at TÚS:MMW.
    • TY Engineering Working Group - PRIME.

Midlands Regional Skills Forum manager John Costello also chairs the Midlands regional Just Transition Group.

 General Objectives of MRSF

  • Provide a cohesive structure for employers and the further and higher education system to work together in building the skills needs of the region
  • Help employers better understand and access the full range of services available across the education and training system
  • Enhance links between education and training providers in planning and delivering programmes, reduce duplication and inform national funding decisions
  • Facilitate the involvement of enterprise stakeholders in a collaborative framework with education and training partners in the identification, development and delivery of skills development responses
  • Actively promote the activities and achievements of the Regional Skills Forum

Who We Work With