Meet The Team

Catherine Collins is Network Manager at First Polymer Training Skillnet. She graduated from Athlone I.T. in 1989 with a B. Eng. in Plastics Engineering and joined Merck Millipore Ireland as a mould support engineer.

She then moved to Medtronic in 1992 and held various technical roles in the polymer industry before joining First Polymer Training in 2001, where her work includes programme development & accreditation, industry engagement and centre management. Catherine is a member of the Polymer Apprenticeship Consortium, TUS (Midlands and Midwest) Governing Body, the IOM (Polymer South) Committee, the Midland Regional Skills Forum and also represented Polymer Technology Ireland and the sector, on the EGFSN Forfas group to look at the Future Skills Needs in Manufacturing.

To contact Catherine,  email or telephone 090 6471223/ 087 6188596/087 2396447


Elisha Kelly Joined First polymer Training in 2016.  She graduated from Sligo I.T with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health and Safety.  She joined Ibec as a graduate Health and Safety Officer, working with the Ibec OHS team She then moved to Bitech Engineering, part of Glen Dimplex group, in Co. Louth as Health and Safety Manager.  After a period of working as a Health and Safety Consultant, Elisha re-joined Ibec as an OHS Executive in the Knowledge Centre providing advice and assistance to member companies.

She now works in a dual role as EHS Legislation Administrator within the Knowledge centre preparing monthly updates for the EHS Legislation Service, which is a subscription-based service provided by Ibec.  (For EHS legislation queries contact

And she works with First Polymer Training Skillnet as Network Support Executive.   She assists the team in the smooth organisation and running of courses and manages health and safety in the training centre.

To Contact Elisha, email or telephone 090 6471223/087 9398626



Alan Harrington is Technical Training Specialist at First Polymer Training Skillnet, the newest member having joined in 2020. He graduated from Athlone I.T. in 1998 with a Diploma in Plastics Engineering and joined Raychem Shannon Co. Clare, after one year working with the Moulding team, he then attended North London University and graduated with a B.Eng. in Polymer Engineering.

In 2000 he joined Solplax in Tralee Co. Kerry as R & D technician developing water soluble plastic solutions. In 2003 he joined Medtronic (formally Covidien) as an Injection Moulding Technician, within this role Alan was involved in process improvements, new machine/equipment installations and more recently managing tooling repairs/upgrades and project management for new mould builds and injection moulding machine replacements. Alan’s Key objective is to develop and deliver training to industry members.

To contact Alan,  email or telephone 090 6471223/ 087 1603445