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Judges & Judging

An independent panel of recognised and expert Judges, representing Ireland's HR industry, will determine the winners of the HR Leadership & Management Awards.

Our focus is to deliver a balanced judging assessment from industry 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 a HR 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 We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless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 HR Leadership & Management 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 the Awards' 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 HR Awards winners will be decided by a leading panel of industry experts. See below.

Head Judge

Brenda Dooley - Shannon Consulting

Brenda Dooley - Shannon Consulting

Brenda Dooley is a highly experienced HR consultant and executive coach, with a strong senior corporate HR background.  She has a reputation for delivery and has built an extensive client base across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.  Specialising in employee engagement and leadership development Brenda works collaboratively with clients to develop strategic approaches to these key business drivers.  Brenda also has a special interest in unconscious bias and the impact on organisational decision making around people issues, a topic on which she regularly writes and presents.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Brenda holds a first class honours Masters’ degree in HRM, and has post graduate qualifications in Psychology and in Advanced Business and Executive Coaching.   She is a member of the Association for Coaching and of the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches.  Brenda also has extensive experience in the charity sector where she has held a number of non-executive director positions.

Judging Panel

Shirley Comerford - Head of Strategic Human Resources, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER)

Shirley Comerford - Head of Strategic Human Resources, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER)

Shirley Comerford is an experienced HR executive with significant senior management experience working effectively in both operational and strategic roles across a range of sectors. She spent a number of years in Australia working in the Education and Healthcare sectors.  

In her current role as Head of Strategic Human Resources in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER), she is credited with professionalising the Department’s HR function and devising and implementing the HR Strategy, People @ PER, which is seen as an exemplar in terms of engaging staff in the reform agenda across the Civil & Public Service.

Over the course of her career, she has successfully delivered major change initiatives, organisational structural design programmes and has implemented HR Strategies which have increased the capability and capacity of large complex organisations.  She has a track record of successfully delivering transformational change through collaboration and negotiation with various key stakeholders.

Shirley is a champion of diversity and inclusion and strongly believes in investing in staff development resulting in DPER HR receiving recognition for Best Learning and Development Strategy in our awards last year.

She holds a degree in Human Resource Management, Professional Diploma’s in both Corporate Governance and Strategy, Innovation & Change from the UCD Smurfit School and is a qualified Organisation and Workplace Mediator.

Oisín Ó'Gógáin - HR Director, Aon Ireland

Oisín Ó'Gógáin - HR Director, Aon Ireland

Oisín joined Aon (the world’s leading risk management, insurance, investment banking and human resource solutions firm) in 2012 as an experienced HR Practitioner; having worked in both Financial Services and Insurance for a number of years.

In 2015, Oisín became the HR Director for Aon Ireland and leads all aspects of the HR function across several businesses, including Aon Risk Solutions, Aon Hewitt and Aon’s Global Centre for Innovation & Analytics.

He has managed multiple change management projects across various countries, is a talent management enthusiast, and is particularly interested in Diversity & Inclusion and the importance of building your own leadership brand.

He is actively involved in his professions representative bodies and has held a variety of voluntary positions throughout his career to date. In 2016, Oisín received the award of HR Professional of the Year in the Irish Early Careers Awards and has been a guest speaker at several industry events. He is also a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Professor Edel Conway - Head HRM/Organisational Psychology Group, DCU Business School

Professor Edel Conway - Head HRM/Organisational Psychology Group, DCU Business School

Professor Edel Conway (Dublin City University) is Head of the HRM/ Organisational Psychology group at DCU Business School.  Edel is an organisational psychologist with expertise in the areas of organisational change, strategic HRM, and employee and organisational well-being. She has managed numerous employee engagement initiatives within the Irish civil service, in addition to initiatives within wider public and private sector organisations. Edel has a wealth of experience in teaching strategic HRM and employee engagement on executive education programmes. Her work is published in numerous leading international journals and books. She has both national and international editorial experience as Associate Editor of Human Resource Management Journal and as a former Editor of the Irish Journal of Management. Prior to joining DCU, Edel worked as a HR consultant with Citi and as a researcher at the London Business School.

Shay Clancy - Managing Director and Founder, ASCEND

Shay Clancy - Managing Director and Founder, ASCEND

Shay is Managing Director and Founder of ASCEND and specialises in driving organisational performance by developing leadership, culture and people strategies to deliver sustainable impact. He achieves this by serving as an advisor to companies, strategizing and designing the right approach for organisations. His high energy creative style has been described by many clients as “invigorating”. He serves as a Master Coach & Faculty for Global Leadership Development Programmes designed for leading edge multinational companies operating in Europe, Asia and USA.

Over the last 25 years, Shay has held MD, Director and Senior Management positions for professional services and HCM (Human Capital Management) consulting organisations.

Shay has a Masters of Business (Hons) from UCC and post graduate qualifications in SHRM and Executive Coaching from the IMI. He is a member of the HCM Institute, the IOD (Institute of Directors) the ICF and AFC.

Brenton Ward - Founder, Hindsight Wealth & WIZE

Brenton Ward - Founder, Hindsight Wealth & CEO, ActivityRez

Brenton Ward works with business leaders and entrepreneurs, assisting them to develop leadership excellence, maximise professional potential and dramatically improve business performance.

Brenton is the founder of an Australian based finance business, Hindsight Wealth and has recently embarked on a new business journey, founding WIZE, an e-mentoring marketplace for business owners and world class business mentors.  He has also started and sold two businesses and was a 2017 Finalist for the Mentor of the Year in the Australian Technology In Accounting Awards.

Brenton thrives on his work with business leaders, entrepreneurs, coaches and consultants in guiding them to greatness.

Dr. Mary Collins - Senior Executive Development Specialist, RCSI Institute of Leadership

Dr. Mary Collins, Senior Executive Development Specialist, RCSI Institute of Leadership

Mary is a Coaching Psychologist who has been working in the Leadership Development/Talent Management field for over 15 years. Her current role as Senior Executive Development Specialist with RCSI Institute of Leadership involves working with senior leaders in the healthcare sector to develop their management and leadership capabilities through a range of executive development and academic approaches up to PhD level.

Prior to joining RCSI, Mary was Head of Talent and Learning for Deloitte Ireland for 7 years.

Mary is an Accredited Professional Executive Coach with the Association of Coaching (AC) a graduate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and a council member of IITD.

Mary doctoral research has been published as part of the book ‘Managing Professionals & other Smart People’ in 2015.  Mary is also writing a book on ‘Recruiting Talented Professionals’ to be published in Spring 2018.

Dr. Brian Harney - Senior Lecturer in Strategic HRM, Dublin City University

Dr. Brian Harney - Senior Lecturer in Strategic HRM, Dublin City University

Brian Harney BA (Hons), MBS, PhD (Cambridge), MCIPD is a lecturer in Strategic HRM at DCU Business School where he is Programme Director of the MSc in HRM. Brian’s expertise lies at the intersection of Strategy and HRM, with a particular focus on SME and knowledge intensive sectors. Brian was the recipient of the 2015 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and has delivered executive education provisions to clients such as Enterprise Ireland, Bank of Ireland, Boston University, Invest Northern Ireland and the Irish Stock Exchange. Brian has held visiting positions at the University of Renmin and CUEB in China, at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and at Queen's University Belfast. He is the author of three books including Strategy and Strategists (Oxford University Press) and an edited collection Strategic HRM: Research and Practice in Ireland (Blackhall/Orpen).

Dr. Caitriona Hughes – Lecturer in HRM and Programme Director Masters in HRM, National College of Ireland

Dr. Caitriona Hughes – Lecturer in HRM and Programme Director Masters in HRM, National College of Ireland 

Dr Caitriona Hughes has a wide range of experience in the area of Human Resource Management and has previously worked in HR roles in a number of industries including senior level positions in HR. She moved to academia over 10 years ago and holds the role of Programme Director for the full-time MA in HRM and part-time Postgraduate Diploma in HRM as well as being a Lecturer in HRM in the School of Business at the National College of Ireland (NCI). She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Her research areas focus on the changing roles in Human Resources and also include learning and development, talent development, change management, reward and other HR related topics.

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