Judges Biographies 2019

An external panel of judges will review entries. Judges are experts in the industry. Entries will be shortlisted for the prize giving ceremony which will take place in April 2019 in the Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin. Judges confirmed to date include:

– Anna Grant, Outdoor Recreational Officer, Sport Ireland
– Biddy O’Neill, Healthy Ireland, Department of Health
– Donal McDaid, Director, Arup 
– Doug Corrie, Sport Ireland
– Elaine Brick, Regional Director, Transportation, AECOM
– Frances Mitchell, Director of Business Development, Dolmen Design and Innovation
– Graeme McQueen, Head of Communications & Corporate Affairs, Dublin Chamber
– John Kilcullen, Head of Digital, Verve
– Laura Daley, Joint Managing Director, JWT Folk
– Míde Ní Shúilleabháin, Sustainability & Safety Officer, Croke Park 
– Pat Kinsley, Founder/Managing Director, Neworld Associates
– Stacey Cahill, National Health and Wellness Coordinator, Gaelic Athletic Association 
– Steve Maher, Re-Recording Mixer and Sound Supervisor, Windmill Lane 

Judges biographies

Ms Biddy O Neill, Department of Health
Biddy is National Project Lead in the Health and Wellbeing Programme Department of Health. She is leading on the development of the National Healthy Workplace Framework in partnership with the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation under the auspices of Healthy Ireland. Biddy has worked in Health Promotion for over twenty years at both strategic and operational levels within the Health Service and the Department of Health. She has extensive experience in partnership working, policy and programme development and implementation. She is a keen advocate for personal development including reflective practice and believes that facilitative leadership is key to changing workplace culture to promote health and wellbeing. She was appointed as an Assistant National Director in the Health and Wellbeing Division Health Service Executive in 2013 and seconded to the Department of Health in 2015. She has a background in Nursing and Addiction Counselling and holds a Higher Diploma in Adult Education and MA in Health Promotion.

Donal McDaid, Director, Arup
Donal McDaid is a Director at Arup. He manages Arup’s Infrastructure and associated Technical, Advisory, Planning and Digital Services Team in Ireland, which is primarily focused on their Highways (Roads and Urban Streets), Rail, Aviation, Maritime, Energy and Water Businesses.

Since joining Arup in 1997 he has worked on, and lead multi-disciplinary teams on transport planning and environmental studies and large scale transport infrastructure project planning, design and implementation, both in Ireland and overseas.

Donal graduated from NUI Galway in 1993 with an honours Degree in Civil Engineering and subsequently completed a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering in Trinity College Dublin in 1994. He is a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland.

Doug Corrie, Sport Ireland
Doug is employed at Sport Ireland and is a Project Manager in a new Sport Ireland Outdoors unit (which evolved from the Sport Ireland Trails unit). This new unit has a remit to continue to support the development of infrastructure which facilitates outdoor recreational activity as well as developing initiatives to encourage participation in outdoor activity sports. After 30 years working in industry Doug joined Sport Ireland in 2008. Since then he has managed various projects related to the development of both walking and cycling trails as well as various initiatives to encourage both walking and cycling. Doug is a passionate cyclist himself, commuting to work by bike, a regular recreational cyclist and keen participant in ultra-distance cycling events.

Elaine Brick, Regional Director, AECOM
Elaine is a transport planner and Regional Director at AECOM. She is an experienced project manager with over fifteen years’ experience in delivering large and multi-disciplinary transportation projects. Elaine has a specific interest and experience in behavioural change measures to influence modal shift. She has experience in all aspects of behaviour change programme implementation including: current academic theories and understanding of human motivations, planning and design of programmes, organisation recruitment and negotiation, marketing and branding, liaising with the media, app development, event management, responding to different organisational cultures and community needs. Elaine has managed several behavioural change programmes in the UK and Ireland and in Singapore where she led the delivery of a successful national scale pilot programme. Elaine also has a very comprehensive understanding and interest in the evaluation of behavioural change programmes and recently managed the evaluation of the Smarter Travel Areas programme on behalf of DTTAS.

Frances Mitchell, Director of Business Development, Dolmen Design and Innovation
Dolmen is an international product design consultancy who have been designing award winning and IP rich products for clients for the last 27 years. Frances has been the running the business development department of Dolmen for the last 4 years. Her role involves the strategic growth of the company in 3 primary sectors: Medtech/Pharma/Lifesciences, FMCG and ICT. Dolmen work with multinationals, SME’s, entrepreneurs and research organisations both nationally and internationally. We help companies accelerate their growth and bring ‘first to world’ products to market. Prior to this role Frances was the Head of Programme Development at the Innovation Academy (UCD), developing programmes and teaching multidisciplinary PhDs how to innovate and develop new commercial opportunities from research. Previous to this she was CEO of Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s leading contemporary classical music ensemble. Her first role was for Procter & Gamble in France as a process engineer and line manager in their second largest global manufacturing site. Frances has a BE(mech) from UCD, an MPhil from TCD and an MBA from DCU. She is currently the Chairwoman of Crash Ensemble and the Vice-Chair of the commercialisation working group of the Irish Medtech Association.

Graeme McQueen, Head of Communications & Corporate Affairs, Dublin Chamber
Graeme McQueen is Head of Communications & Corporate Affairs at business group Dublin Chamber. Originally from Scotland, Graeme joined the Chamber in 2014 and oversees all of the Chamber’s lobbying and media activities. Graeme leads Dublin Chamber’s ‘Dublin 2050’ initiative and specialises in transport issues. Graeme is a former journalist and prior to the Chamber spent 6 years as Assistant Editor of Business Plus magazine. In 2013 he published a book entitled Start it Up, which told the stories of 20 young Irish startup companies. Graeme is a regular commentator in the Irish and international media on issues relating to Dublin and business.

John Kilcullen, Head of Digital, Verve
With over 9 years digital and web experience, John has worked on many national and international digital marketing and web development campaigns with organisations such as the European Commission, MasterCard, Diageo, Google, Unilever, Coca Cola, and the Department of Taoiseach.  John’s role in Verve is to ensure best in class standards are followed across web and digital marketing projects in Verve and he leads a team of digital project managers and developers to plan, design, develop and deploy projects.  John also has a big interest in the future of city planning and in particular transport and how technology can be used to improve systems and commuter experience.

Laura Daley, Joint Managing Director
In her role as Joint Managing Director at JWT Folk, Laura is responsible for driving the strategic direction and growth of the agency along with Abi Moran (CEO) and the leadership team.

Along with driving a number of internal initiatives such as operational efficiencies and new business, Laura’s role is to assemble the right team for each client within our portfolio and to drive that team to create ideas that impact culture and deliver results for our clients. Laura is passionate about helping brands engage with consumers and leading our agency teams to the most culturally insightful ideas, with a focus on understanding the people we’re talking to within their cultural context and ultimately work that delivers commercial return for our clients.

Working in the advertising industry for over 18 years, Laura brings with her a wide range of industry experience including Energy, Retail, FMCG, Media, Motor, Fast Food, Financial and Insurance.. Laura has a proven track record of managing large scale complex pieces of business and developing, nurturing and growing long-term client relationships.

Míde Ní Shúilleabháin, Sustainability & Safety Officer, Croke Park Stadium
Míde Ní Shúilleabháinis Sustainability and Safety Officer for Croke Park Stadium and a member of the NTA-led Croke Park Sustainable Transport Working Group. Prior to joining the Croke Park team, Míde was a lecturer with the School of Law & Government in Dublin City University and previously worked as a policy adviser on the European Parliament‘s Transport and Tourism Committee.

Pat Kinsley, Founder/Managing Director, Neworld Associates
Pat, a native New Yorker has spent the last 33 years extolling the virtues of branding as an essential commercial device that improves every company’s bottom-line. Pat brings his unique perspective on branding to many different industries from FMCG to Corporates to Charities to Government Agencies. He also finds time each week to battle out topical brand issues in the Irish national media.

Stacey Cahill, GAA National Learning & Development Officer
From a young age Stacey played club football for Na Fianna Ladies and intercounty football for Kildare ladies and is a proud owner of an All-Ireland medal – a great achievement for a Kildare woman at the age of 17. She always had a passion for working with young people, the GAA and exploring the power of sport to change lives. In 2010 she completed a Degree in Exercise & Health Studies in Waterford I.T and in 2011 she completed a Masters in Exercise and Sport Management in UCD. Following on from this she spent a year in South Asia and Australia, traveling and teaching fundamental motor skills to young sport athletes. During her time here, she played competitive Australian football and Gaelic Football for Central Coast. Before her return to Ireland she won both the league, championship and player of the year for Central Coast. In 2013 she started working for the GAA as the National Health & Wellbeing Coordinator in Croke Park and successfully developed the Community & Health Department, whilst advancing the GAA’s Health Club project nationwide. In 2014 she also started the Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative, which is run in partnership with Foróige and NUI Galway, aiming to enhance young people’s leadership skills to enable them to reach their full potential and give back to their club, county and community. She grew the project from 3 counties to 12 counties, resulting in 500 young GAA male and female Gaels graduating from NUIG with a Diploma in Youth Leadership and Community Action. She also sits on the GAA’s Sport and Recreational Staff Committee running the Pedometer Challenge in 2014 and supporting the roll out of ‘Tour De Thurles’ charity cycle challenge in 2015. In 2016 she was selected to take part in the WGPA/GPA renowned Jim Madden Leadership Programme which is built around the specific requirements of professionals and elite athletes. The be-spoking accredited leadership programme was developed by experts in Education, Sport and Business. In 2016 she received a master’s level qualification in professional leadership. Following this she started a PhD in Education in Maynooth University, focusing her studies in the area of youth development and leadership. At a voluntary level she gives talks across the country on all topics related to Health & Wellbeing and she spent time over in Zambia South Africa volunteering on the Discovery Programme through the Alan Kerins Projects.   

Steve Maher, Re-Recording Mixer and Sound Supervisor, Windmill Lane 
Steve is a Re-Recording Mixer and Sound Supervisor at Windmill Lane Pictures, Dublin. He has worked with several internationally recognised clients such as Netflix, Disney, Amazon and Nickelodeon. He has been nominated for 3 Emmy Awards in the last 3 years including “Best Sound Mixing” and “Best Sound Editing”. He has also recently been nominated for “Best Sound Design” at the European Animation Awards and the Irish Animation Awards for his work on Angela’s Christmas.”