Category 1 – Engineering & Innovation

Donal McDaid – Director at Arup

Donal’s biography will be updated to the website shortly.

Elaine Brick – Regional Director Transportation at AECOM

Elaine’s biography will be updated to the website shortly.

Laura Dennehy – Country Manager at Enactus Ireland

Laura’s biography will be updated to the website shortly.

Míde Ní Shúilleabháin – Sustainability Systems Officer at Croke Park

Dr. Míde Ní Shúilleabháin is Sustainability & Systems Officer for Croke Park Stadium, the third largest stadium in Europe and home of the Gaelic Athletic Association. Míde chairs the stadium’s Environmental and Sustainability Management Group and is coordinator of the GAA’s Green Club Programme.

Stephanie Walsh – Marketing Communications Manager at Social Innovation Fund Ireland

Stephanie’s biography will be updated to the website shortly.

Jamie Cudden – Smart City Program Manager at Smart Dublin

Jamie’s biography will be updated to the website shortly.

Category 2 – Marketing & Events

Biddy O Neill – National Project Lead, Health & Wellbeing Programme at Dept. 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 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.

Jason King – National Programme Manager at Get Ireland Walking

Jason is passionate about promoting Physical Activity and Health. His academic qualifications provide him with a wide skillset and expertise in Exercise, Health and Physical Activity Promotion, Community Education and Leadership, Management and is registered as an Exercise Professional & Personal Trainer with REPS Ireland.

With Get Ireland Walking he works to establish key partnerships with specific governmental agencies at local and national level. Working closely with health, sport and educational providers and aiming to support existing partnerships in their continued efforts. They provide support to local sports partnerships to deliver walking programmes, training and development, research, monitoring and evaluation.

Gavin Meade – Senior Event Manager at Neon Agency

Gavin is a senior event manager with over 18 years’ experience in the events and music industry. He is an accomplished manager and is skilled in event build and design, logistics, planning and execution. He has a background in production at various levels from small scale corporate events through to full festival productions.

Some examples of such events are: House of Peroni, Casa Bacardi Longitude, Life Festival, Big Grill Festival.

Pat Kinsley – Founder & Managing Director at Neworld

Pat, a native New Yorker has spent the last 34 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.

Michelle McCann – Marketing Manager at National Transport Authority

Michelle McCann is the Marketing Manager for the National Transport Authority. Having joined the NTA in 2018 as Marketing Executive for the ‘Transport for Ireland’ brand she now leads an ambitious marketing team responsible for overseeing NTA related brand development, marketing plans, campaigns, digital and social media marketing strategy. Brands include the likes of Transport for Ireland, TFI Leap, TFI Local Link and TFI Go.

As well as working closely with the marketing teams of public transport operators Michelle and her team collaborate with many stakeholders, including the Immigrant Council of Ireland for the annual TFI Anti-Racism campaign, Healthy Ireland for ‘Walk and Ride’ and the NOW Group on the hidden disability ‘JAM Card’ initiative. Outside of work Michelle leads her local Girl Guides Unit and feels very strongly that encouraging and developing the talents of young people is vitally important.

Category 3 – Multimedia

Aisling Murray – Head of Programming at Science Gallery Dublin

Aisling Murray is currently Head of Programming at Science Gallery Dublin where she manages creative programmes converging art, science, technology and society from concept to full realization in Ireland and internationally. She has been a jury member for the BioArt Design Awards (2019) and ARTificial Intelligence Lab (2019) and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network since 2018.

Aisling has specific interest in socially engaged work, creating low barrier access for audiences and removing obstacles for artists. Aisling has over 10 years experience as a curator and creative producer with projects outside her current work included in Turkey Design Week, Lodz Design Week, Galway Theatre Festival, Cork Solstice Festival, Project Arts Centre, Dublin Fringe Festival, 10 Days in Dublin, 1st Irish New York and Moscow Fringe’s Irish Week.

John Walsh – Creative Director at Focus Advertising

John is Creative Director of Focus Advertising with over 25 years’ experience working on National and International Brands like Ballygowan, Bord na Mona, Kelloggs, Mars, Diageo, Irish League of Credit Union, Kia, the National Transport Authority, the Department of Communications and many more.

John is responsible for the creative output of the Company. Developing creative strategy and planning which lead to the big idea and from that, develop powerful engaging communications and distinctive design work. His skills are directing and working closely with filmmakers, sound engineers, photographers, illustrators, designers and digital creators to ensure the idea stays centre to everything produced and at the highest standard.

Michelle McCann – Marketing Manager at National Transport Authority

Michelle McCann is the Marketing Manager for the National Transport Authority. Having joined the NTA in 2018 as Marketing Executive for the ‘Transport for Ireland’ brand she now leads an ambitious marketing team responsible for overseeing NTA related brand development, marketing plans, campaigns, digital and social media marketing strategy. Brands include the likes of Transport for Ireland, TFI Leap, TFI Local Link and TFI Go.

As well as working closely with the marketing teams of public transport operators Michelle and her team collaborate with many stakeholders, including the Immigrant Council of Ireland for the annual TFI Anti-Racism campaign, Healthy Ireland for ‘Walk and Ride’ and the NOW Group on the hidden disability ‘JAM Card’ initiative. Outside of work Michelle leads her local Girl Guides Unit and feels very strongly that encouraging and developing the talents of young people is vitally important.