Judging Panel

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, representing Ireland's HR profession, 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 We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless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.

2021 Head Judge

Professor Edel Conway - Professor in HRM & Organisational Psychology, DCU Business School

Professor Edel Conway

Professor in HRM & Organisational Psychology, DCU Business School

Professor Edel Conway (Dublin City University) is Professor in HRM and Organisational Psychology at DCU Business School.  Edel is an organisational psychologist with expertise in employee engagement, well-being and organisational change.

2021 Judging Panel

Michelle Abbey

Michelle Abbey

HRD Corporate & Business Services/Global HR Transformation Director, Glanbia Plc

Michelle Abbey is an experienced senior HR leader with significant experience across a broad range of HR specialisms and industry sectors. Michelle is currently also taking a leadership role on Glanbia’s HR Transformation Program.

Dr. Sinéad Brennan

Dr. Sinéad Brennan

Chief People Officer, NTMA

Sinéad Brennan joined the NTMA in 2014 as Head of Human Resources and was subsequently appointed Director, HR before becoming Chief People Officer.

Dermot Clynes

Dermot Clynes

Head of Organisation Development, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Dermot Clynes, Chartered FCIPD, is a senior career civil servant having worked across several government Departments and the EU Commission, Brussels in key functional roles including personnel and industrial relations, public expenditure management, banking and finance, EU socio/economic policy and training and corporate affairs.

Jonny Cooper

Jonny Cooper

People and Change Manager, KPMG Ireland

Jonny has over 10 years’ experience in leading, enabling and enhancing individual and team performance potential, currently co-captain of the Dublin Senior Football Team.

Dr Colette Darcy

Dr Colette Darcy

Dean, School of Business, National College of Ireland

Colette Darcy is a Senior Lecturer in HRM and Dean of the School of Business at National College of Ireland. Colette is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick.

Na Fu

Na Fu

Associate Professor in Human Resource Management, Trinity College Dublin

Na Fu (PhD) is an associate professor of human resource management at Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin.

Dr. Aidan Harney

Dr. Aidan Harney

Leadership, Talent & OD manager (Greater Europe Region), Intel Corporation

With 20+ years international HR experience, Aidan's focus today is on Executive Leadership Development and Culture Transformation. His current role is Intel Corporation's Leadership, Talent & OD manager for the Greater Europe Region.

Rosarii Mannion

Rosarii Mannion

National Director, Human Resources, Health Service Executive

Rosarii Mannion is a senior experienced award-winning HR Director and is currently Global Board Director with the International Coaching Federation.

Professor Anthony McDonnell

Professor Anthony McDonnell

Professor of Human Resource Management, Cork University Business School, UCC

Anthony is Full Professor of Human Resource Management, Head of the Department of Management and Marketing and Co-Director of the HR Research Centre at Cork University Business School.

Niamh McGarty

Niamh McGarty

Senior Talent & Development Manager, Vodafone

Working at Vodafone in Ireland, Niamh McGarty leads a team focussed on the strategic design and delivery of the end-to-end talent and development experience. Niamh’s HR knowledge ranges across financial services and technology communications in various geographical locations.

Dr. Sharon McGreevy

Dr. Sharon McGreevy

Lecturer in Strategic Human Resource Management, Programme Chair MA Business in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Enterprise and Humanities, IADT, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dunlaoghaire, co. Dublin

Dr. Sharon McGreevy is an experienced lecturer and academic in Strategic Human Resource Management. She currently lectures in IADT, Institute of Art, Design and Technology on a range of entrepreneurship, business and arts management programmes. She is also currently the programme chair for the Masters in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Dr. Ciara Nolan

Dr. Ciara Nolan

Lecturer in Management, Technological University Dublin

Dr. Ciara Nolan is Lecturer in Management, specialising in Human Resource Management, in the College of Business, Technological University Dublin City Campus.

Dr. Maeve O'Sullivan

Dr. Maeve O'Sullivan

MSc HRM Programme Director, University College Cork

Dr. Maeve O’Sullivan is the MSc in Human Resource Management programme director and a member of the HR Research Centre, Cork University Business School.

Yvonne O’Sullivan

Yvonne O’Sullivan

HR Director, Ardmac Ltd

Yvonne is a highly experienced HR professional who has had Business Partner and Director responsibility in Diageo Ireland, LEO Pharma and Ardmac Ltd.

Breda O’Toole

Breda O’Toole

Head of Talent Transformation & Innovation, IDA Ireland

Breda has worked as IDA’s Global Head of HR and Organisational Development, Regional Business Development, Operations and currently heads up a team supporting IDA’s Talent Transformation and Innovation agenda.