Meet the judges for the National Enterprise Town Awards

With judging set to begin in just a couple of weeks, we introduce the judges for this year’s National Enterprise Town Awards. 

Tom Dowling

Tom worked in local Government for over 40 years before retiring as chief executive of Meath County Council in 2012 and previously worked in the same position with Carlow County Council. Tom’s passion has always been about community endeavour, local involvement in economic development and partnerships in achieving outcomes. He is the chairperson of the judging panel of the National Enterprise Towns Awards. He is also the chairperson and founder of Pride of Place and the chairperson of Third Age Foundation Ireland, in addition to other Board memberships and lecturing. He is also a chartered director and fellow of the Institute of Directors UK.

Tom Hayes

Tom Hayes retired from Enterprise Ireland in 2016 after serving for many years as divisional manager of the entrepreneurship and regional development division. He previously served in the same role in the High Potential Start-Up division. He previously worked with Coras Tractala and spent a number of years abroad managing international markets.

Eddie Breen

Eddie worked for over 40 years in local government before retiring as chief executive of Wexford County Council in 2012. He was previously employed in the same position in Waterford City. Eddie was chairperson of many organisations throughout his career including City and County Managers Association. He also served on numerous high level Government boards including the National Roads Authority. He had a very strong relationship with business communities of Wexford and Waterford. He is currently a board member of Oaklee Voluntary Housing Association and chairperson of the Audit Committee Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board.

Dr.Martina Moloney

Martina worked in local government for 37 years before retiring as chief executive of Galway County Council in 2015. She was previously chief executive of Louth County Council. She is passionate about community, economic and cultural development. She is currently involved in many areas including being a board member of The Arts Council, a member of the National Oversight & Audit Commission a statutory body established by the Government, and chairs the Irish Walled Towns Network.

John Fitzgerald

John worked for over 40 years in local government and the health service before retiring as city manager for Dublin. Previously, he worked as county manager of South Dublin County Council. Since his retirement he has been active, chairing and being a member of many state boards, including chairing Grangegorman Development Agency, Limerick Regeneration Board and Dublin Transport Authority.

Eddie Sheehy

Eddie worked in local government for over 40 years before retiring as chief executive of Wicklow County Council in 2015 after 14 years. Previously, he worked as chief executive of Roscommon County Council. Eddie was chairperson of the City and County Managers Association amongst many other chairperson roles. Eddie was involved in many important strategic and complicated developments during his time in Wicklow bringing together many public and private partners to achieve successful outcomes.

Jack Keyes

Jack recently retired with over 33 year’s local government service finishing a very successful career as chief executive of Cavan County Council for 14 years. He is a highly regarded community and enterprise focussed person. He chaired a very successful All-Ireland Fleadh Cheol in Cavan Town for two years, attracting over 300,000 visitors for the week of the festival. He is a valued contributor to leadership in the public sector and is also chairperson of a state board dealing with the very complicated pyrite problem.

Carmel Fox

Carmel is the former chief executive of Ballyhoura Development, the local development company covering the geographic area of North East Cork and South and East Limerick, which manages and delivers a range of national and EU programmes. Carmel was a member of Irish Rural Link’s board, Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA), Limerick and Cork County Development Boards, of SPCs and Teagasc. She has particular expertise in social inclusion and rural development issues, including social enterprise and community development. Carmel is currently a director of Ballyhoura Rural Services, CareBright, Gorta – Self Help Africa and the Maigue Rivers Trust.

Katrina Murphy

Katrina is a qualified accountant who spent 8 years working in the private sector before joining Irish Rail as a management accountant.  She subsequently worked in Dublin Bus as finance manager and in 2002 she moved to Leitrim County Council as head of finance. She took early retirement in 2017 and started up her own small business. She also spent two years working on a national group on behalf of the local authorities advising on the transition of local authority water services to Irish Water.

Ciaran Lynch

Ciaran is currently the managing director of Community Engagement Partners and recently retired as development manager of Limerick Institute of Technology. He has a background in sociology, town planning, rural development and governance. He worked as a local authority planner for over 20 years and was the planning and development officer for County Clare for 13 years. He is a member of the LECP Steering Committee and on the boards of the South Tipperary Volunteer Centre, Kilkee Waterworld, the North Tipperary Green Enterprise Centre and Communities Creating Jobs.

Eileen Collery

Eileen worked for Bank of Ireland and held numerous senior management roles in branch banking and business banking throughout the country.  Eileen also held positions at regional and national level and in recent years had responsibility for creating and rolling out Bank of Ireland community aligned projects throughout the 26 counties.  For the past three years Eileen worked with Tom Dowling in creating and developing the Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards and was a judge on the judging panel. Eileen retired from Bank of Ireland at the end of November 2018 and is currently studying a Post Graduate diploma with the Interior Design Academy of Ireland.  In the recent local elections Eileen was involved in canvassing and undertook the role of tallyman at the county count.  

June Butler

June is the head of SME banking at Bank of Ireland since October 2017. She commenced her career in PwC in the investment management division. She subsequently joined Bank of Ireland where she has gained significant financial services experience through leadership roles in risk, operations, finance and retail. June is a law graduate from Trinity College Dublin and a chartered accountant, along with holding a diploma in corporate treasury and risk management and a diploma in accounting and taxation from Dublin City University. She qualified as a certified bank director in 2016.

Maeve Lalor

Maeve Lalor has worked in Bank of Ireland for over twenty years. During this time she has held many roles in both Dublin and Meath. She is now the community banking leader for North Meath which involves working with enterprise, personal customers and community groups in this area. Maeve is the community representative on the board of management of her local school for some time. She is also involved with the O’Leathlobhair Clan and was elected the clan chieftain in 2016 and held this position for a year.

Mark Spain

Mark was appointed to Bank of Ireland’s Group Executive Committee in July 2019 and chief strategy officer in April 2019.  He previously held a number of senior management positions in Bank of Ireland and also served as a director of IBI corporate finance, where he advised a number of leading Irish companies including Bank of Ireland. Prior to this, he was a senior manager in Diageo plc’s M&A function based in London. He has more than 30 years experience in financial and accounting roles.

Aine McCleary

Aine is the director of distribution channels at Bank of Ireland where she leads a team of c2,900 banking professionals engaging with customers via phone, digital channels and across the Bank’s branch network. A business graduate of UCD, Aine holds a master’s degree in business studies from the Smurfit School of Business. She is a certified bank director, and a past president of the Institute of Banking where she holds a fellowship.

Written by Stephen Larkin

Published on 7 August, 2019

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