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CILT 100 Celebration Annual Dinner

15 November 2019

CILT 100 Celebration Annual Dinner

On Thursday 14 November members, stakeholders, Council, past presidents, Higher Certificate lecturers and staff gathered to Celebrate 100 years of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport as a global organisation. As well as those mentioned above, we were delighted to have tables on the evening representing Irish Rail, Port of Cork, Bus Eireann, Irish International Freight Associated and Universal Media. Over 130 individuals attended the dinner for a drinks reception, dinner, speeches and catch up with old friends and associates.

CEO Mick Curran warmly welcomed all to the Goldsmith’s Hall in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane in Dublin’s south city centre. President Tim Daly spoke about seeing so many members and colleagues on the evening and wished all a fantastic night. The microphone was then handed over to MC for the evening Kieran Ring who outlaid the nights celebrations and thanked the Eastern Section for their invitation. Special guest speaker on the night was Neill McDonnell CEO of ISME the independent representative association for Small and Medium Enterprises. Neill gave an insightful speech in relation to the Institute, the future of the country and the opportunities available to us by being part of CILT.

On the evening we were also joined by Chris Markey Chair of CILT UK Thames Valley Group. The Eastern Section are twinned with Thames Valley who in September this year Richard Butler joined the group in their home town for a meet, exchange of ideas to and build relationships between the two groups.
Our Northern Ireland counterparts Pamela Dennison, Nick McCullough, Ken Davis and Jamie Shaw also attended. We were very happy to have the four branch members here to Dublin as they have been so inviting to CEO Mick Curran in relation to the Northern Ireland dinner these last few years.
Individuals from the Department of Transport Ray O’Leary and Clair Martinez were also in attendance.

Special thanks to Richard Butler and Bassey Duke, Chair and Vice Chair respectively of the CILT Eastern Section for all their organisation in the background of the event. To the MC Kieran Ring and guest speaker Neill McDonnell. To Irish Rail, Port of Cork, Bus Eireann, Irish International Freight Associated and Universal Media who all supported the event and purchased a table. To Stena Line for their generous prize they donated. Finally, to CILT staff who helped organise the event, there is a massive amount of preparation that goes on behind the scenes to get a dinner like this to fruition.


«May 2020»

SEAI’s Energy Academy Helps Businesses Cut Energy Costs

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has launched a free online training resource to help businesses reduce their energy costs. The SEAI Energy Academy can help to lower energy bills by as much as 10%, potentially even more, by educating businesses and employees on changing energy use behaviours and effective energy management. With the increasing societal focus on climate change, and the launch of the Government’s Climate Action Plan last year, many businesses are seeking to play their part in reducing their climate impact. The SEAI Energy Academy is an ideal starting point and allows employees to upskill on energy efficiency and avail of tailored online training that can lead to important business cost savings.

Commenting on the launch of the SEAI Energy Academy, William Walsh, CEO of SEAI said:

“We realise that businesses are facing very significant challenges right now with many looking for opportunities to reduce their cost base. Reducing energy use can be a great place to start. SEAI is here to help businesses on their energy efficiency journey, helping them identify energy saving opportunities and to implement  those changes. We planned the SEAI Energy Academy as an online resource so it is available to all businesses when and where suits them best. This might be additionally beneficial for those businesses currently working from home or who are planning for the resumption of normal activities, hopefully in the not too distant future.”

The SEAI Energy Academy offers practical step-by-step energy training tailored to specific business needs. The online modules and courses are quick and easy to complete and cover topics such asEnergy and Climate Change; Business Energy Efficiency; Lighting; Heating; Refrigeration; Electric Vehicles; Electricity Bill Analysis; Behavioural Change; and Home Energy Efficiency. Further modules are planned for the SEAI Energy Academy which will make it a vital business energy resource into the future, and will be added throughout the year

On completing a course, learners will receive a Certificate of Completion from SEAI which demonstrates a company’s commitment to educating staff about energy. These courses are also a great way of engaging, upskilling and retaining staff.  

The SEAI Energy Academy is now available on


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A new leader faces this dilemma often. “Should I do the task myself, train my team, or delegate it?” I am sure you have encountered the same puzzle before. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. The problem is more common than you think.

When I started my first venture, I wanted to do everything myself.

If a task was too hard, I feared to assign it to a team member. “What if they mess up?” I asked myself biting my fingernails. If a task required grooming people, I would think, “Well, doing the job myself will take lesser time than training.”

For a large project, I wanted to involve myself down to the very last detail.

Do these examples sound like the situation you’re into right now? Let me tell you what happened to my story. Such behavior of mine severely crippled the team. I failed to utilise the talent people had. Over time, the business failed.

Common mental blocks for leaders

Leaders have different mental barriers in their heads. I will list out three of the most common ones. These are more prominent in people who take up a leadership role after being an expert technician in a specific field. An individual contributor has difficulty shifting his mindset from executing tasks to leading people.

1. I can do the job myself

When a task needs action, you start evaluating the ease of completing the job against the effort required to train people. Since you have spent years developing expertise, you will need lesser time to do it yourself than training a new person. The joy which comes out of doing the job yourself also plays a role.

The first time I played the role of a leader was for a team of programmers. I had loved writing code since my teenage years. All of a sudden, I felt uncomfortable training the team members to do the job. My hands were itching to do some programming myself.

2. I need to be the expert

Leaders have trouble accepting the fact that team members can know more about a topic than they do. You believe the leader has to be the most talented person in the team.

During our business venture, I wanted to learn every technology in extreme detail. I intended to be capable enough to answer any query the team had. I spent most of my time developing expertise in programming even after I took up a leadership role.

3. The team member won’t deliver the same quality

Leaders often hesitate to delegate tasks because they fear that the team member will perform an average job.

You feel that even if you train a team member, he won’t deliver the quality you can. You forget that when you started as a beginner, you weren’t as capable as you are right now. To ensure things don’t go wrong, you take up the task yourself.

I had the habit of taking up all the tougher portions of programming myself. I wasn’t trying to brag about my abilities. I thought the team members wouldn’t accomplish the task. Due to that mental barrier, I never even tried assigning the harder tasks to the team members.

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You cannot keep doing all the tasks yourself forever. Over time, you will become a bottleneck and prevent yourself from achieving great things.

Try taking a page of the successful leaders of large organisations. They relinquished control and tapped into the talent of people to achieve greatness. A great leader sets the vision and achieves it with teamwork. Even the famous movie stars, sports icons, and singers have a massive team working for them.

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