John Lafferty

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John Lafferty, B. Tech. in Manufacturing Technology, Six Sigma Black Belt, Cert. Training & Continuing Education, Cert. Quality Management, is a Quality professional with over 25 years experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry.  John joined SQT as a tutor in 2007.  Prior to that, John spent many years working in the Medical Devices/ Pharmaceutical sectors – the final six years of which were as a Senior Manager of a multinational Medical Devices plant where he managed the Quality and  Regulatory Systems.  John completed his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training through SQT in 2009 and derives great benefit from applying the techniques that he learned to Risk Management and Validation in a Life Sciences setting.

“It is great to be able to bring this knowledge and the experience gained from ongoing involvement with Life Sciences companies into the classroom,” he says.

John passionately believes that the key to success in Life Sciences Manufacturing is the relentless application of Risk Management, Variation Reduction and Good Validation Practices.  As the SQT tutor for Technical Writing Skills, John believes that good written communication skills are vital for any Life Sciences professional.

One of John’s greatest achievements in most recent years has been the development of the MDSAP and MDSAP Internal Auditor courses in response to demand from SQT’s loyal client base.

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"It is important to realise that good writing is less about the rules of grammar and more about stepping into the shoes of the reader and looking at the subject from his/her perspective"

- John Lafferty

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I found the Quality Risk Management & ISO14971 Training Course “Succinct and informative; Excellent to have 14971 versus MDR. I now understand how to describe top down; bottom up approaches; and where reviewing GSPRs fit with Risk Management. John (Lafferty) is a great trainer, direct, humorous, and efficient.”

Michelle Byrne, CooperVision UK

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The service provided by SQT was perfect. The trainer was brilliant. This was a 2 day course with a lot of information to take in, however, we were never bored. We all enjoyed the course from start to finish. We would definitely recommend SQT to any other company looking for training.

Valerie Byrne QA, Cosmo Technologies Ltd

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The SQT Training delivered was exactly what this site needed. John is a very engaging and knowledgeable tutor.  He delivered the material at a pace to suit the audience and the feedback from the team is very positive. The course material is clear and concise and has set us up for success.

James Grennan, Site integration lead, SAP project

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When not writing in a technical sense, John likes to do a little creative writing in the form of poetry. He is a regular contributor to the North West Words writers group and describes his style as closer to Paul Durcan than Seamus Heaney. In 2014 John achieved a lifelong ambition by running the Dublin marathon. “I had not run a step in the previous five years and went from couch to 42K in ten months” he says. “I trained three to four times every week starting in January and despite not training for four of the final seven weeks due to illness, I succeeded in completing the course”. It shows once again that anyone can achieve anything, provided they do the training!”

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