Category 1 – Engineering & Innovation

Donal McDaid – Director at Arup

Donal McDaid manages Arup’s Transport and resources Group in Ireland, which is primarily focused on our Roads and Urban Streets, Rail, Aviation, Maritime, Energy and Water Businesses. There, he leads a diverse, highly motivated team of 300 professional planners, engineers and management consultants.

Since joining Arup in 1997, Donal has worked on and lead multi-disciplinary teams on transport planning and environmental studies, and large scale transport infrastructure project planning, design and implementation, both in Ireland and overseas.

Elaine Brick – Regional Director Transportation at AECOM

Elaine is a transport planner and Regional Director at AECOM. She is an experienced project manager with over fifteen years’ experience in delivering large and multi-disciplinary transportation projects.  Elaine has a specific interest and experience in behavioural change measures to influence modal shift.

Elaine has managed several behavioural change programmes in the UK and Ireland, and in Singapore where she led the delivery of a successful national scale pilot programme. Elaine also has a very comprehensive understanding and interest in the evaluation of behavioural change programmes and recently managed the evaluation of the Smarter Travel Areas programme on behalf of DTTAS.

Laura Dennehy – Country Manager at Enactus Ireland

Laura Dennehy graduated from University College Cork in 2004 with a BA in Language and Cultural Studies, French and History. Youth leadership development has been the focus of her career and she is passionate about empowering others and creating positive social change. Laura worked for Foróige, The National Youth Development Organisation for eight years in several roles, including, general Youth Worker, Youth Justice Project Coordinator and Service Manager.

In 2012 Laura took up the role of Country Manager with Enactus Ireland (then called SIFE Ireland). Combining youth development with social enterprise has been an exciting learning journey and a challenge that Laura thoroughly enjoys.

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.

Jamie Cudden – Smart City Program Manager at Smart Dublin

Jamie leads Dublin City Council’s Smart City program – a large scale urban innovation programme that is addressing city challenges through the application of new and emerging technology opportunities.  Priority areas include sustainable mobility, environment, climate action and citizen engagement. Through this work he has delivered collaborations with world leading tech companies such as Google, Bentley, Softbank, Accenture, Microsoft, IBM and Intel. One of his flagship projects was the establishment of the ‘Smart Docklands’ district that provides a platform for start-ups, big tech, the city, and academia to come together and fast track innovation. www.smartdocklands.ie

He established the ‘Smart Dublin’ regional initiative in 2015 – an umbrella brand for the four Dublin local authorities to collaborate and to deliver more efficient city services, better outcomes for residents and to support new economic opportunities. www.smartdublin.ie

He holds a science degree from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from University College London. He previously worked in roles with the Home Office, Met Police and Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jcudden/

Garret Murphy – Principal Consultant at Transport Insights

Garret is a Principal Consultant with Transport Insights, with experience in areas including mobility management, transport planning and construction management.

Garret graduated from University College Dublin with an honours degree in Civil Engineering in 2010, and thereafter he moved to Australia where he worked on-site as a civil engineer in both Western Australia and Queensland from 2011 to 2013. After returning to Ireland he began working with Transport Insights in September 2015. From 2017 – 2020 Garret worked on part-time secondment with the National Transport Authority’s Smarter Travel team, working with 3rd level institutions and workplaces nationwide in promoting sustainable and active travel.

While working within Transport Insights, Garret has worked with a number of private and public sector clients, providing support to a diverse portfolio of projects.

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.

Julie Manahan – Marketing Manager at Croke Park

Julie works for the GAA and is responsible for marketing and promotion of GAA competitions, participation activities, and Croke Park Meetings & Events. She has worked in the events, hospitality, and the sports sectors for over twenty years across marketing and event management developing dynamic campaigns with a range of internal and agency collaborators.  With a passion for sustainability projects, Julie a member of the stadium’s Green Team and part of the GAA Green Club working group.

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 center to everything produced and at the highest standard.

Stephen O Connor – Art Director at Brown Bag Films

Stephen studied Computer and Classical Animation in Ballyfermot Art College, and has being working in creative industries for 20 years. He began his career as a Concept Artist in computer games development in the UK, and returned to Ireland as a background artist in TV Animation with Boulder Media. Stephen is an Art Director and throughout the years  has worked on various productions for clients such as Disney, Netflix, Universal Studios, Nickelodeon and Amazon, to include the shows Olivia, Noddy, Doc McStuffins, Octonauts, Bing Bunny, Butterbean’s Cafe and is currently working on a brand new Netflix show, Ridley Jones.

Nora Costigan – Senior Copywriter at Thinkhouse

Nora Costigan is a senior copywriter with Thinkhouse, the Youth marketing agency, where she has worked for the last three years. She has worked on creative campaigns for global brands such as Heineken, Jameson, Ben & Jerry’s, Coors, Orchard Thieves, and Tony’s Chocolonely as well as much loved Irish brands like Frank and Honest, Barry’s Tea & Lifestyle Sports. She also writes Thinkhouse’s online youth culture magazine YOUTH. Before joining Thinkhouse, she worked as a freelance features journalist for many years with the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent and Daily Mail.

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.

Julie Manahan – Marketing Manager at Croke Park

Julie works for the GAA and is responsible for marketing and promotion of GAA competitions, participation activities, and Croke Park Meetings & Events. She has worked in the events, hospitality, and the sports sectors for over twenty years across marketing and event management developing dynamic campaigns with a range of internal and agency collaborators.  With a passion for sustainability projects, Julie a member of the stadium’s Green Team and part of the GAA Green Club working group.