Judging Panel

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, drawn from the highest echelons of the Educational Institutions in Ireland and abroad, will determine the winners of the Education Awards.

We understand the importance of a fair and objective judging process. That's why we assemble a prestigious panel of industry leaders, renowned for their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm, and expertise in the education industry.

Our selection process is meticulous. Judges are bound by strict confidentiality agreements and declare any potential conflicts of interest. Entries with conflicts are reassigned, ensuring complete impartiality.

A comprehensive judging process has been developed to decide the winners of the Education Awards.

This unwavering commitment to integrity is the foundation of our awards programme. Become a part of recognising industry excellence. If you're interested in joining the judging panel, email your details to judges@businessriver.com

2024 Judging Panel

Willie Donnelly (Judging Coordinator)

Director of Research and Innovation, The Technical Higher Education Association THEA

Research Innovation and Engagement Director, The Technical Higher Education Association. He was President, Waterford Institute of Technology (2015-May 2022) leading the establishment of the South East Technological University. He has 30 years research leadership experience in Industry and Academia VIEW MORE

Declan Allen

Head of Logistics, Supply Chain and Project Management, Technological University Dublin

Head of Logistics, Supply Chain and Project Management at TU Dublin. WorldSkills Ireland’s Chief Examiner in Logistics (2019-2023). WorldSkills International’s Skill Competition Manager for Logistics and Freight Forwarding Competition at WorldSkills Lyon 2024. VIEW MORE

Joseph Collins

Director of Further Education and Training, ETBI

Dr Joseph Collins is Director of Further Education and Training at ETBI. He is on secondment from South East Technological University where he was Head of Faculty of Business and Humanities. VIEW MORE

Matt Cotterell

Head of School, Munster Technological University

Matt has supported the development and growth of full-time, part-time and apprenticeship education programmes across a wide range of engineering and manufacturing-related disciplines. VIEW MORE

Tomas Finneran

Co-founder and Director, Flúirse Education Solutions

Co-founder of Flúirse Education Solutions, an award winning eLearning and training company based in Tralee, operating career focussed training centres across Ireland. Flúirse are also the leading providers of online training for primary school teachers in Ireland. VIEW MORE

Richard Hayes

Vice President for Strategy, South East Technological University

Richard Hayes has been working in higher education since 1993. He is currently Vice President for Strategy at South East Technological University. He previously held a number of academic leadership roles at Waterford Institute of Technology. VIEW MORE

Graham Heaslip

Head of School of Engineering, Atlantic Technological University

Graham is Professor of Logistics Engineering, Head of the Atlantic Technological University Galway-Mayo College, and Head of the School of Engineering at Atlantic Technological University, Galway, Ireland. VIEW MORE

Gavin Henrick

CEO, Brickfield Education Labs

Gavin is the co-founder and CEO of Brickfield Education Labs.He has 16 years experience assisting organisations to implement a range of open source learning solutions. His expertise in management and education technology has aided organisations with enhancing their virtual learning environments. VIEW MORE

Colette Henry

Head of Department of Business Studies, Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT)

Professor Colette Henry, PhD, is Head of Department of Business Studies at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), and Adjunct Professor (Business Strategy & Innovation) at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. VIEW MORE

Padraig Hyland

Head - Education Technology , Information Technology Division, University of Limerick

Padraig is an experienced educator and IT manager, specialising in Teaching and Learning technologies and systems. Padraig has worked in public and private education settings for more than 30 years, both in Ireland and internationally. VIEW MORE

Eoin McCarthy

Head of Creative Media, College of Further Education & Training, Mulgrave St. Campus, Limerick

Eoin McCarthy is Head of Creative Media in The College of FET, Mulgrave Street Campus, Limerick. He has over 28 years experience in Further Education. He is an advocate for a holistic approach to education based on the community development principles of self-reliance and social inclusion. VIEW MORE

Denise McMorrow


Denise McMorrow is Head of Student Experience in the Institute of Art, Design and Technology and she is the Co-Chair of UNESCO Dublin Learning City. She has over 25 years’ experience in Education, Access, Inclusion and Diversity. She provides leadership in the integration of the student services fun VIEW MORE

Paul Mullally

Education Lighthouse, Education Lighthouse

Paul has been directly involved with student recruitment from a range of different countries and regions, and more recently he has been an international education consultant and has worked with institutions in Ireland, UK, US, Australia, and NZ to help with their internationalisation strategies. VIEW MORE

Siobhán Murphy

Assistant Principal, Kerry College

Siobhán Murphy is a design teacher at Kerry College with over two decades experience in the design and publishing industries. A design educator for over a decade she has endeavoured to foster a passion for complex communication problem-solving and critical thinking in her students. VIEW MORE

Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin

Project Manager - Internationalisation and External Engagement, Atlantic Technological University

Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin has worked in tertiary education, both public and private, for over 30 years in the Irish, UK, US, and Swiss education systems, predominantly working in the field of Hospitality and Tourism Management and Education Leadership. VIEW MORE

Liam O'Reilly

Director of IT, University of Limerick

Business and IT Transformation Leader with 28 Years experience at a senior management level in international Business, across multiple industry sectors, private, public and higher education . Held a variety of senior roles including Managing Director, General Manager, CIO, Operations Director. VIEW MORE

Dr. Kushan Rathnasekara

Researcher, University of Kelaniya

Dynamic researcher in Next Gen Education, specializing in Gen Z and Alpha learning styles. A committed Examiner, Panelist, and research supervisor, also an active international journal reviewer, focused on advancing education through an innovative digital pedagogy. VIEW MORE

Eoin Smith

Course Director, Pulse College

Eoin graduated with a PhD from Maynooth University in 2012 and has since gone on to work in a variety of different roles in the industry. He is currently Course Director on the BA (Hons) in Audio and Music Technology programme at Pulse College, run in collaboration with Griffith College. VIEW MORE

Yuxin Wang

CEO and Co-Founder, GoMappED

20+ years in business, project management, software engineering, and law. Led EdTech R&D, co-founded GoMappED Limited. VIEW MORE