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Judges & Judging

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, representing Ireland's accountancy profession, will determine the winners of the Irish Accountancy Awards.

Our focus is to deliver a balanced judging assessment from leaders who will bring their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the judging process ensuring that the winning entries are truly outstanding and worthy of receiving an Irish Accountancy Award.

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the awards' judging process is fair and objective. The Judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, in which case that entry will be reallocated. The integrity of this process lies at the very heart of all that we do.

We recognise and respect the sensitive nature of the information submitted in the entries. Submissions are not disclosed or discussed outside the judging process. We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless prior permission is given.

A comprehensive judging process has been put together to decide the worthy winners of the Irish Accountancy Awards:

Judging Process

  1. After the submissions have been received, all entries will be sent for the first round of review.
  2. Entries will be carefully scrutinised with the best selected to go forward to the shortlist for each category.
  3. The shortlist of finalists will be published on our website.
  4. Judges are divided into a minimum of two panels, ensuring any potential conflict is avoided.
  5. The judges will score each of the entries allocated to them against a predetermined set of scores.
  6. Scores are then collected and collated, with the entrant receiving the highest overall score being declared the winner of that category.
  7. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony. The judge's decision is final and no correspondence, telephone, email or communication of any kind will be entered into in relation to decisions reached.

2018 Judging Panel

The award winners will be decided by a leading panel of industry experts. See below.

Judging Co-ordinator

Anne Keogh - FCCA, Head of Finance and Operations, Pharmapod

Anne Keogh - FCCA, Head of Finance and Operations, Pharmapod 

 Anne Keogh FCCA is the Head of Finance and Operations for Pharmapod Ltd and companies which is first in its field producing technology designed to protect patient safety in Pharmacies worldwide. Anne was the President of ACCA Ireland 2014/2015.

As a qualified accountant Anne has an incredible knowledge of best practice in all areas having gleaned knowledge over the years. She was part of the management team that grew a small business over 6 years to a €100m turnover business, in the online hotels’ reservations sector (NeedaHotel.com).

Anne was a Non-Executive Director of Adare plc for over 5 years. A member of the Media Cube Advisory Board of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology for a number of years. She has had roles covering Finance, Operations, IT and HR from all levels to Managing Director roles. Anne’s support for the entrepreneur and thought leaders has been present since her early stages of her career.

 Judging Panel

Mary Rose Burke - Chief Executive Officer, The Dublin Chamber of Commerce

Mary Rose Burke - Chief Executive Officer, The Dublin Chamber of Commerce

Mary Rose is the Chief Executive Officer of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to joining the Dublin Chamber, Mary Rose held the position of Director of Corporate, Strategic and International Affairs for Ibec since 2013 having moved from the position of Director of Pharmacy at Boots Ireland which she held for 8 years.

Prior to joining Boots, Mary Rose worked at the HSE, and previously established and managed her own pharmacy business. Mary Rose is a pharmacist and Council member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. She holds an MBA from UCC, a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors and a Professional certificate in Coaching from Henley Business School.

Francis Kehoe - Deputy Director of Finance, Irish Defence Forces

Francis Kehoe - Management  Accountant, Óglaigh na hÉireann 

Francis is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA, CGMA) who works in Defence Forces Headquarters. Defence Procurement is a complex area and as a Management Accountant he has an impact on shaping capabilities of the Naval Service, Army and Air Corps.

Since being awarded a Cadetship in 1997, he has completed overseas missions with the United Nations in West Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East. In 2013, he was promoted to Commandant.

He is a Non- Executive Director of Volunteer Ireland, the National Volunteer development agency and has completed a Masters in Strategic Accounting from UCD and a Masters in Procurement from DCU.

Orlagh Nevin - Cerese

Orlagh Nevin - Cerese 

With 25 years experience in the business markets gained within both blue chip organisations and start-ups. Specialises in delivering strategic plans that are customer focused, with clear positive revenue streams. A commercial experienced leader with Director/CEO credentials in building new business opportunities and maintaining that business growth. A proven track record in driving performance improvement.

Has offered independent consultancy to organisations predominately around business planning for growth, development of service portfolios and analysis of target markets. Specialities include Blue Chip Organisations and start-up companies, operating at executive board and senior management level.

Peter Brophy - Managing Director, Floirin Corporate Finance

Peter Brophy - Managing Director, Floirin Corporate Finance

Peter is the founder of Floirin Corporate Finance, an independent Corporate finance adviser working with HNW individuals and mid-sized companies.

Key areas of focus include sourcing funding and advising on debt refinancing and expansion/new acquisitions in both the property and corporate spheres.

Peter previously worked with AIB where his experience included leadership of the Finance function in the Corporate Banking division and a range of Credit, Relationship Banking and debt restructuring roles.

He also worked with AIB in London from 2002 to 2010 where he led the Corporate Banking Property & Private Equity team. This role focussed on originating and structuring MBO/MBI deals and Property transactions in the £10m to £100m range.

Peter is a Chartered Management Accountant, holds a Masters in Organisation Behaviour from Trinity College, a Diploma in Legal, tax and Trusteeship from the Institute of Bankers in Ireland and a Corporate Finance Diploma from Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Tom Murray - Partner, Friel Stafford

 Tom Murray - Partner, Friel Stafford

Tom is a partner in Friel Stafford, one of Ireland’s best known advisory firms where he specialises in corporate and personal insolvency, corporate finance and forensic accounting.

Tom qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) in 1997.  He is a Past President of ACCA Ireland and previously sat on ACCA’s global council where he sits on its Governance Committee and Standards Board.  He is also a member of The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland and was one of the first people authorised to act as a Personal Insolvency Practitioner by the Insolvency Service of Ireland.

During his career he has worked in small and large practices (Big 4) and developed wide ranging experience in accounting roles in diverse areas including Corporate Treasury, Corporate Finance and Corporate Accounting.  He is also an experienced non-executive director and is a board member on the National Institute of Bioprocessing Research and Training.

Victor Timon - Head of Commercial Technology Group, Maples and Calder

Victor Timon - Head of Commercial Technology Group, Maples and Calder

Victor is Head of the Commercial Technology Group in the Dublin office of Maples and Calder, the international law firm with over 16 offices worldwide.

He has over 30 years' experience in the technology industry. He joined Maples in 2013 having previously worked both as in-house counsel in technology companies and as a partner in major law firms in the UK and Ireland.

His technology practice includes outsourcing and managed services, e-commerce and online-trading, mobile apps, cloud computing, data protection and privacy. 

Victor also looks after the general commercial contracts practice at Maples, including those for agency and distribution, procurement, BPO outsourcing, logistics and warehousing, franchising, standard terms of sale, advertising, branding and sponsorship.

John Reynolds - Chairman, Cairn Homes plc

John Reynolds - Chairman, Cairn Homes plc

John Reynolds is non-executive chairman of Cairn Homes plc, the Irish residential building company listed on the on the Dublin and London Stock Exchanges , market capitalisation as at March 2018, €1.4bn. John is also a non-executive director of Computershare Ireland, Business in the Community, and the National Concert Hall. His executive career comprised over three decades in banking, the final 5 years as chief executive of KBC Bank Ireland. John was president of the Banking and Payments Federation during 2012 and 2013 when he was also a board member of the European Banking Federation.

Dr Damien Roche - Head of School of Business and Humanities & Director TU Implementation

Dr Damien Roche - Director of Project Implementation, Technological University, Institute of Technology Tallaght

Dr Damien Roche has been Head of the School of Business and Humanities at the Institute of Technology Tallaght since the Institute opened in 1992 and is also Director of the Technological University project. He previously held appointments as a taxation specialist with Deloitte Touche Chartered Accountants, Price Waterhouse Coopers Chartered Accountants and the Revenue Commissioners. He was previously employed at the Dublin Institute of Technology in a lecturing capacity.

Dr Roche holds an honours Law degree LLB from the University of Wales, an MBA from Trinity College Dublin (KPMG Award-Winner), an MSc in Economics by research from University College Dublin and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde.

Dr Roche is also a Barrister-at law of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, an Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute, a member of CPA Ireland and a Fellow of the Association of International Accountants. He has served as a council member and academic adviser,and has acted as an examiner for a number of professional institutes.

Research Interests: 
include regulation of the accountancy profession, fiscal federalism within the European Union and the international marketing of educational services.

Colm Nagle - Principal, Colna Consulting

Colm Nagle - Principal, Colna Consulting

Colm is a consultant who provides strategic advice and guidance to SMEs and family-owned companies.

Until late 2016 he had been Chief Financial Officer of Heatons which has 58 department stores across the island of Ireland and employs over 2,000 people. Prior to that he was a Partner in BDO where he advised a diverse portfolio of indigenous Irish businesses and led the firm’s Family Business Advisory team.

Emer Gilvarry - Chairperson, Mason Hayes & Curran

 Emer Gilvarry - Chairperson, Mason Hayes & Curran

 Emer is Chairperson of Mason Hayes & Curran and a partner in the Dispute Resolution team. Emer is experienced in a broad range of commercial and financial services litigation. Emer specialises in project management and investigatory work and acts as a legal advisor to corporates and boards on corporate safeguards and compliance procedures.

Emer is a member of the Advisory Board at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, a Council member of the Economic and Social Research Institute and a Board member of Greencoat Renewables plc and the Ireland Funds. Emer is also a qualified mediator.

Ronnie Patton - Senior Lecturer in Professional Accounting Practice, Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Ulster University

Ronnie Patton - Senior Lecturer in Professional Accounting Practice, Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Ulster University

Ronnie Patton FCCA, MBA, DipHE, FHEA qualified with ACCA in 1981 and completed an MBA in 1984. He is Senior Lecturer in Professional Accounting Practice at Ulster University and a member of the Board of the Arts and Disability Forum. Prior to taking up a full time post in education in 1989, Ronnie’s experience included finance and management roles in retailing, distribution, consumer finance, professional practice and consultancy as well as part-time lecturing. He has extensive experience of designing and delivering academic, professional and vocational courses and developing the curriculum. He is a past examiner and coordinator across three subject areas within the ACCA examination system, a Past President of ACCA Ireland and is currently a member of Council at ACCA.

Alan Daly - Managing Director, BRÚ Brewery
Alan Daly - Managing Director, BRÚ Brewery

Alan is the Managing Director of BRÚ Brewery, one of Ireland’s lead craft brewing and pub companies.  Prior to this role, Alan spent five years as the Finance Director of C&C Group Ireland and also served as Head of Investor Relations for C&C Group PLC.

Alan qualified as an accountant with KPMG in Dublin and prior to the drinks industry spent over 10 years working in financial services primarily with Davy. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UCC and a Masters of Business Studies from UCD

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