List of Judges

  • Ronan Harris, VP, Large Customer Sales, Google EMEA
  • Lorraine Butler, Director of Enterprise and Government Sales, eircom Business Solutions
  • Joseph Nugent, Director of Passport Services, Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Declan Tuite, Programme Chair, B.Sc. in Multimedia, School of Communications, DCU
  • Paddy Hopkins, former Company Secretary, Enterprise Ireland (Retired)
  • Noreen D’Arcy, CEO, D’Arcy Marketing PR
  • Maeve Kneafsey (Judging co-ordinator) - Managing Director Elucidate, Strategic Online Communications and Marketing

Ronan Harris, Vice President, Large Customer Sales, Google EMEA

ronan-harrisRonan is VP of Google’s EMEA Large Customer Sales division and sits on the board of Google Ireland having joined the company in 2005. At Google he has focused on growing the advertising sales channels for new and existing markets and also worked on the launch of several new Google products in EMEA.

A graduate in electronic engineering at University College Dublin, Ronan began his career with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation at their Information Storage Products division in Japan. He went on to spend nine years in Japan working in consulting and technology before returning to Ireland in 2001 to work in private equity before joining Google.

Lorraine Butler, Director of Enterprise & Government, eircom Business Solutions

Lorraine is Director of Enterprise & Government Sales in eircom Business Solutions. In this role, Lorraine leads a customer centric team who are responsible for looking after the total ICT solution requirements for eircom’s largest Private and Public Sector organisations. Lorraine joined eircom in 2003 and has built a strong career during this time, progressing from positions including Head of Acquisition to her current role. She has over 15 years’ experience in leadership positions, having transitioned into telecommunications from the software & recruitment industries.

Lorraine is a graduate of Dublin Institute of Technology with a BA in Technology Management. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching & Mentoring from DIT, IBEC & CMI & and an MSc. Business (Leadership & Management Practice) with Smurfit Business School

Joseph Nugent, Director of Passport Services, Department of Foreign Affairs

Joseph NugentJoseph Nugent was appointed Director of Passport Services in September 2009. As Director, Mr. Nugent has responsibility for the processing and issuance of all passports in Ireland’s Passport Offices in Dublin, Cork and London and through the network of Ireland’s Embassies overseas. Prior to this appointment Mr. Nugent was Director of the Local Government Computer Services Board, the Board responsible for the provision of leadership, advice, guidance and support in the use of Information & Communications Technologies (ICT) across the local government sector in Ireland. Mr. Nugent has spent over twenty years in a variety of civil service roles including Head of ICT in the Department of Foreign Affairs overseeing the introduction of Ireland’s ePassport and the delivery of ICT services at Presidency events in Ireland in 2004 and Project Manager of

Declan Tuite Programme Chair, B.Sc. in Multimedia, School of Communications, DCU.

Declan TuiteDeclan Tuite joined DCU in 2001 where he lectures in programme development and research supervision. Declan’s areas of expertise lie in interactive design, programming, HCI, sound design and the use of new media to maintain intimate relationships. Declan’s main research is concerned with the effects of ICTs on society. Of particular interest are behaviours developed by people in maintaining and repairing personal and family relationships through ICT’s particularly, social media and mobile devices. He has just completed a five year study on the longer term and unexpected outcomes of participation in eInclusion programmes by older adults. He has also recently taken lead on some mobile app development projects in collaboration with industry partners through the Enterprise Ireland knowledge partnership scheme.

Previously, Declan worked as a media production manager for Eircom Multimedia. In that role, he worked on web initiatives for both the general public and on the research and development of new products, which are currently coming to market.


Paddy Hopkins, former Company Secretary, Enterprise Ireland (Retired)

paddy-hopkinsPaddy Hopkins was appointed as a director of the Charities Regulatory Authority in May 2014. He is also a member of their Audit, Finance and Risk Committee. Prior to this, Paddy was Company Secretary at Enterprise Ireland (EI) and Manager of the Corporate Services Division from 2008 to November 2013. In this role he was responsible for Secretariat, Finance, with a budget of €400m, Grants Administration, Legal, Facilities / Procurement and oversight responsibility for Internal Audit. He was a member of the EI Executive Committee, Chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Staff Resource Committee. Paddy was an EI nominee Board Member of the Crafts Council of Ireland for 6 years (2006 – 2012).
Paddy holds a B.Comm degree from UCD.

Noreen D’Arcy, CEO, D’Arcy PR

noreen-darcyNoreen D’Arcy has worked extensively in Marketing, PR and Sales across many industry sectors with primary experience in Tourism. Since founding D’Arcy Marketing & PR, Noreen has built a likeminded team who has a passion for communications, marketing, public relations, innovation but above all, people. D’Arcy Marketing & PR has developed a loyal client base in the entertainment, tourism, lifestyle and consumer industry sectors.
Noreen, a Galway native and fluent Irish speaker, brings a wealth of energy, contacts and industry expertise to her clients which give them the edge in a competitive marketplace. Passionate about the Irish language, arts, culture and everything about Galway and Connemara, Noreen sits on the Board of the Arts Trust of the HSE Galway and is a former Macnas board member, President of Skal International Galway and former Bord Member of Bord Leabhar Gaeilge. She is also supports many sporting and arts organisations in her native Galway region of Oughterard, Rosscahill, Moycullen.

Maeve Kneafsey, Judging co-ordinator, Founder Elucidate, Strategic Online Communications and Marketing

maeve-kneafseyMaeve has held senior positions in online and traditional marketing and publishing for almost 20 years. Maeve has devised and implemented numerous public and private sector web communications and marketing strategies. She established the first Customer Respect Index (CRI) for Ireland, an independent index that evaluates how websites treat their customers online. She lead the front end design and user experience eCabinet project, designed to migrate the Cabinet from a paper-based system to electronic access.
In 2013 she co-founded Marketfinder which develops SaaS online sales acceleration tools. Having founded Elucidate in 2003, she previously co-founded AMAS, was CEO of Hoson Publishing (publishers of and the Golden Spider Awards), general manager of Mac Publishing and head of marketing for The Sunday Tribune and Attic Press. She is a co-founder and director of the Irish eGovernment Awards in conjunction with the Public Sector Times. She was also a co-founder of Sanas, the specialist Irish translation service. She holds a BA from Trinity College, Dublin.

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