Fostering Irish exporters in the western region of Ireland


Western Network Group

The Western Network Group was set up to ensure that our members, located in the western region, have a regular platform to discuss COVID-19, Brexit and supply chain issues. The meetings strengthen the connection with our members, provide an opportunity for business networking and are a means to finding collaborative solutions to common challenges. The meetings directly contribute to our communications and public affairs work.

This close connection allows members to engage directly with the IEA to find and develop specific solutions to challenges facing our members on a day-to-day basis.

The meetings also:

  • provide a local focal point of contact to members
  • act as an advocate for the region
  • act as an advocate for local export needs and requirements
  • provide a local networking platform.

The Western Network Group is chaired by John Carr, Flex and held in partnership with our  sponsors Rhenus LogisticsIrish Rail Iarnród Éireann and Fleet Magazine.

Below is the list of dates and times for our 2021 meetings:

  • 28th January, 4:00 – 5:00
  • 25th March, 4:00 – 5:00
  • 20th May, 4:00 – 5:00
  • 15th July, 4:00 – 5:00
  • 16th September, 4:00 – 5:00
  • 19th November, 4:00 – 5:00

For more information about our Regional Network Groups or to register your interest to getting involved contact:

AnnMarie O’Brien

Communications and Public Affairs Officer


Tel: 086 142 3310

Western Regional Network

John Carr


Prior to joining Flex John held senior management positions with Digital Equipment, EMC, AST and Irish Express Cargo.  John holds a Masters degree in Manufacturing Engineering, and an MBA, and is completing a Doctorate in Supply Chain. John was a previous Council member of IEA, held the position of IEA Vice President between 2010 and 2012, and Chairs the IEA Mid-West Council.