Judges & Judging | HR Leadership and Management Awards
HR Awards 2016

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 We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless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.

Further judging panel announcements will be made shortly.

Judging Panel includes

Brenda Dooley - Shannon Consulting (Judging Co-ordinator)

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.

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.

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).

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