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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

Entrepreneur, broadcaster, and former ‘dragon’

Bobby is an experienced entrepreneur and former co-owner and Chairman/CEO of Insomnia Coffee Company, Ireland’s largest independent coffee chain,

Bobby is currently a presenter on “Down to Business” the popular Newstalk radio business show on Saturdays. He also co-hosts an SME slot called #bobbymeansbiz on The Hard Shoulder on Newstalk.

Bobby’s business interests are in a variety of sectors including food and hospitality, technology, hardware and exhibition.

Bobby was was one of the original Dragons on Dragon’s Den for the first four years of the series. Although he has left the series to look at other opportunities, he continues to be actively involved with the nine investments he made during the series. Bobby is also a popular business, entrepreneurial and motivational speaker.

Bobby is also a keen sailor and runner. He lives with his wife Mary and their four daughters by the sea in Sandycove, County Dublin.

Shane Lynn PhD

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 almost 30 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.

Gerry Hiney

Managing Director Park Financial Planning / SwitchMyMortgage.ie

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

Gerry is a member of AIMA (Association of Irish Mortgage Advisors) and Brokers Ireland.

Bladhana Richardson

Head Of Marketing Travelopia

Bladhana is an experienced brand manager and marketer with over two decades of experience in the sector in both the UK and Ireland.

Having worked for several years as Advertising and Brand Manager at Sainsbury's Bank, Bladhana is currently Head of Marketing with Travelopia, one of the world’s leading experiential travel businesses.

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.

Dr Richard Brophy

Lecturer at Independent College 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 Independent College Dublin and University of Applied Sciences in Austria. Previously, he lectured in 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 Qualified Financial Advisor and Chartered Insurance Broker.

Joan Mulvihill

Digitalisation Lead for Siemens in Ireland

Digitalisation Lead for Siemens in Ireland, Joan Mulvihill, continues to be at the forefront of driving technology adoption in Ireland. Having held the position of CEO of IIA for seven years, and two years as Centre Director for the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing, her role at Siemens builds on Siemens’ and her deep commitment to and understanding of the needs of Irish business to create value for their customers, sustainably.

Through Digitalisation, Siemens work with their customers leveraging domain expertise, creative thinking and problem solving to realise solutions that transform businesses and create our shared future.

Maria O'Neill

Head of Client Relations at All human

Maria holds 20 years’ experience in strategic, commercial and operational leadership roles across O2, Ryanair and Eir. Her past experience focused on the planning, development and deployment of products, propositions and strategies to achieve consumer growth KPIs.

Maria’s current role as Head of Client Relations at All human, Ireland’s leading digital agency, builds on her passion for leveraging deep consumer insight to create digital experiences that drive business growth for clients.

David Moore QFA

Director at NFP Ireland

David has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Prior to his current role as Director at NFP Ireland, David established HMP Insurance & Pensions Advisors with Colm Power.

David has held senior positions in one of Ireland's largest brokers as well as various roles within the banking industry in Ireland.

David has extensive experience in the corporate benefits sector with emphasis on group risk, group pension and ancillary benefits like health insurance. In dealing with some of Ireland’s leading brand names, David advises on all aspects of financial planning including income protection, pensions, and co-directors’ cover from family businesses to SME and corporates.

Eimear Christian

Director of Client Sustainability with Clearstream Solutions

With 16 years’ experience across energy and financial services sectors, Eimear has vast experience in the analysis of energy tariffs and financial services products. She has a keen interest in Sustainability, including renewables and smart tariffs and provides advice to organisations on how best to adapt their practices to remain relevant in a more Circular economy.