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To ensure a rigorous judging process, we select a number of experienced leaders and experts from a range of Irish business sectors to make up our independent judging panel.

Bobby Kerr

Co-Owner and Former Chairman, Insomnia Coffee Company; Broadcaster

Bobby is an experienced entrepreneur and former co-owner and manager of the Insomnia Coffee Company. Bobby now works as a presenter on Newstalk 106 where he presents a breakfast show on Sunday mornings as well as providing employment and SME advice on "The Hard Shoulder’ every Tuesday.

Michael Mulhall

Founder and CEO of FinTech Innovations

Michael has been an innovator in fintech and technology businesses for almost 25 years. Michael is the founder of FinTech Innovations Ltd which specialises in the design of Personal Finance Management (PFM) tools and apps for financial institutions. He has extensive knowledge in the area of Open Banking/PSD2.

Peter Callan

Consultant and Former Finance Director at The Irish Times

Peter is an experienced finance director who has worked in the media, digital, software, technology, manufacturing and construction sectors. Peter has a strong track record of working with small, medium and large-sized organisations to identify new revenue opportunities, improve operational performance, and implement strategic cost reduction programmes.

Peter currently provides outsourced CFO/Finance Director services on a part-time basis to ambitious companies looking to grow while remaining in control. Peter is a Chartered Accountant, with a Business Degree from UCD.

John Shaw

Head of Information Technology Services at Fintrax

John is a technology leader with 25 years’ experience in the financial services, energy, pharma and manufacturing sectors. John is currently Head of Enterprise Technology Services at Planet, formerly known as Fintrax, which creates better international payment and service experiences. John previously held senior leadership positions in Kingspan, Mainstream, Pfizer, Accenture and General Electric.

John has an MBA in Technology Management, an Honours Degree in Electronics Engineering, and is a Certified Project Management Professional.

Gerry Hiney

Managing Director at Park Financial Planning

Gerry is Managing Director of Park Financial Planning who are specialist mortgage brokers based in Dublin. Gerry is a Qualified Financial Advisor and has over 30 years’ experience in the mortgage business and his company deal with all the major lenders operating in the Irish mortgage market.

Gerry is a Qualified Financial Advisor and has over 30 years’ experience in the mortgage business and his company deal with all the major lenders operating in the Irish mortgage market.

Gerry is a member of AEMA (Association of Expert Mortgage Advisors) and Brokers Ireland.

John Mitchell

MD at Strata3 and Lead Web Optimisation Consultant at AdBirds Global

With 16 years of experience, John manages a leading digital consulting, design and development agency with clients in the US and EMEA. John previously worked as an analyst on Wall Street, sold to fortune 500 companies in the US, and offers a full-set of management skills from finance and sales to marketing and digital business strategy.

Shane Lynn

Founder and CEO at EdgeTier

Dr. Shane Lynn is an entrepreneur in Dublin with a background in machine learning research and artificial intelligence. Shane's current company, EdgeTier, specialises in the development of AI-powered tools for customer service teams. Shane has vast experience in telecommunications plans and pricing strategies, having previously developed consumer comparison services and pricing simulation tools for the industry.

Maeve Harrington

Marketeer, project manager and founder of In and Out Marketing & Project Management

With over 28 years’ experience gained in the life assurance, energy, advertising, telecoms, finance, FMCG and market research industries, Maeve is an experienced marketeer and project manager.

Having worked as a marketing executive, marketing manager, director, and project manager, Maeve is now founder and owner of In and Out Marketing & Project Management, where she uses her wealth of experience to help businesses with projects big and small through a practical and hands-on approach.

Bart Lehane

CTO of EdgeTier

Bart Lehane is the CTO of EdgeTier, a company which helps customer service teams double their efficiency using a mix of artificial intelligence and automation. Bart has over 15 years of experience in the technology sector. Prior to founding EdgeTier, Bart worked in Openet Telecom where he helped deliver software systems into some of the largest mobile providers in the world.

Mark Hedderman

Certified Financial Planner with Hedderman Financial Solutions Ltd

Mark joined Hedderman Financial Solutions in 2011 and was appointed as head of financial planning and wealth management in 2018. His role involves providing tailored financial advice to clients; helping them grow and protect their wealth so that they and their families can enjoy financial security and peace of mind.

Mark is a Qualified Financial Advisor and Certified Financial Planner, which is the world’s most widely respected financial planning designation.

Richard Brophy

Lecturer at TU Dublin for marketing, entrepreneurship and other business subjects

Richard has strong management and financial services experience having worked in the industry for over 15 years at various levels of management. He is currently a lecturer at Technological University (TU) Dublin for marketing, entrepreneurship and other business subjects and does work for various financial education establishments and third-level institutions on curriculum development.

Richard has researched and published articles on financial services in a number of Irish and international academic journals and obtained his PhD in Financial Services Marketing from the University of South Wales. He is a winner of a number of awards including the MyIBA (Brokers Ireland) Educational Award in 2015.

Richard is a Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Insurance Broker.

Joan Mulvihill

Centre Director for the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4) at DCU

Joan Mulvihill has been at the heart of the tech community in Ireland for the past decade, having previously held the position of CEO of the Irish Internet Association. Working with the very best technology entrepreneurs and researchers across the spectrum of start-up and scaling indigenous business to established global operators, Joan is a long-time champion of innovation and a recognised industry spokesperson.

Joan is a regular conference chair, keynote speaker and media contributor on all things business and technology related as well as a chief collaborator for conference organizers, champion of innovation and mentor to many.

Roger Brennan

Head of Sales, Blacknight

Roger is a seasoned sales leader with over 25 years’ experience spanning sectors such as FMCG, financial services and IT. He is currently Head of Sales at Ireland's leading hosting company, Blacknight, whose product portfolio covers domain registration, web hosting, dedicated servers, colocation and business to business broadband.

Roger has experience working with small, medium and large enterprise organisations, identifying revenue opportunities, improving operational performance and developing sales strategy.