Accountancy Awards 2016

Judges & Judging

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, representing Ireland's accountancy profession, will determine the winners of the Irish Accountancy Awards.

Our focus is to deliver a balanced judging assessment from leaders who will bring their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the judging process ensuring that the winning entries are truly outstanding and worthy of receiving an Irish Accountancy Award.

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the awards' judging process is fair and objective. The Judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, in which case that entry will be reallocated. The integrity of this process lies at the very heart of all that we do.

We recognise and respect the sensitive nature of the information submitted in the entries. Submissions are not disclosed or discussed outside the judging process. We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless prior permission is given.

A comprehensive judging process has been put together to decide the worthy winners of the Irish Accountancy Awards:

Judging Process

  1. After the submissions have been received, all entries will be sent for the first round of review.
  2. Entries will be carefully scrutinised with the best selected to go forward to the shortlist for each category.
  3. The shortlist of finalists will be published on our website.
  4. Judges are divided into a minimum of two panels, ensuring any potential conflict is avoided.
  5. The judges will score each of the entries allocated to them against a predetermined set of scores.
  6. Scores are then collected and collated, with the entrant receiving the highest overall score being declared the winner of that category.
  7. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony. The judge's decision is final and no correspondence, telephone, email or communication of any kind will be entered into in relation to decisions reached.

The 2018 Judging Panel will be announced shortly

A full announcement regarding the 2018 judging panel will be made shortly.

In the meantime, please view the 2017 judging panel below.

2017 Judging Co-ordinator

Anne Keogh - FCCA, Head of Finance and Operations, Pharmapod

Anne Keogh - FCCA, Head of Finance and Operations, Pharmapod

Anne Keogh FCCA is the Head of Finance and Operations for Pharmapod Ltd and companies which is first in its field producing technology designed to protect patient safety in Pharmacies worldwide. Anne was the President of ACCA Ireland in 2014/2015.

As a qualified accountant Anne has an incredible knowledge of best practice in all areas having gleaned knowledge over the years. She was part of the management team that grew a small business over 6 years to a €100m turnover business, in the online hotels’ reservations sector (

Anne was a Non-Executive Director of Adare plc for over 5 years. A member of the Media Cube Advisory Board of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology for a number of years. She has had roles covering Finance, Operations, IT and HR from all levels to Managing Director roles. Anne’s support for the entrepreneur and thought leaders has been present since her early stages of her career.

2017 Chairman of the Judging Panel

Brian Fowler - MD, Accountancy Solutions

Brian Fowler - MD, Accountancy Solutions

A qualified Accountant with extensive private sector experience, Brian established Accountancy Solutions in 1990.

As an active member of Accountancy Solutions, Brian handles senior recruitment at CFO, Finance Director and Controller levels.

He sources Tax professionals for Ireland’s largest accountancy firms and major groups and provides board-level recruitment advice to a number of high profile organisations. As a result he is often retained on an exclusive basis to manage confidential recruitment exercises.

Brian is the driving force behind Accountancy Solutions and has been instrumental in adapting and growing the business, steering its success over the last 25 years. Brian Fowler is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and has been elected as a Fellow of the National Recruitment Federation in Ireland. Last year, Brian was actively involved in providing strategic advice and support prior to launching the inaugural Irish Accountancy Awards.

2017 Judging Panel

Francis Kehoe - Management  Accountant, Óglaigh na hÉireann

Francis Kehoe - Management  Accountant, Óglaigh na hÉireann

Francis is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA, CGMA) and works in Defence Forces Headquarters. Defence procurement is a complex area and as a Management Accountant he has an impact on shaping the capabilities of the Naval Service, Army and Air Corps.

Since being awarded a Cadetship in 1997, Francis has completed a Diploma in Leadership Studies, B COMM, MBS Strategic Procurement DCU, MSC Strategic Management Accounting and a Diploma in Procurement Law. In 2013, he was promoted to Commandant. He has deployed with the UN in the Balkans, Middle East and West Africa in both logistical and command appointments. Francis has led Defence Forces teams that have been the recipient of a number of awards including “Excellence in Public Procurement” and “National Procurement and Supply Chain Learning and Development Award”. He is a non-Executive Director, Volunteer Ireland.

Mary Rose Burke - Chief Executive Officer, The Dublin Chamber of Commerce

Mary Rose Burke - Chief Executive Officer, Dublin Chamber of Commerce

Mary Rose is the Chief Executive Officer of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.  Prior to joining the Dublin Chamber, Mary Rose held the position of Director of Corporate, Strategic and International Affairs for Ibec since 2013 having moved from the position of Director of Pharmacy at Boots Ireland which she held for 8 years.

Prior to joining Boots, Mary Rose worked at the HSE, and previously established and managed her own pharmacy business. Mary Rose is a pharmacist and Council member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. She holds an MBA from UCC, a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors and a Professional certificate in Coaching from Henley Business School.

Sarah Newman - Founder, Anascena Ltd

Sarah Newman – Founder, Anascena Ltd

Sarah Newman is the Founder of Anascena Ltd, a boutique consultancy company dedicated to finding sustainable careers for ex-forces and transitioning forces’ personnel and their spouses.  Founding Anascena has opened a whole new world within military circles, enabling Sarah to bring her entrepreneurial spirit to support military leavers, spouses and those wounded into new careers.  She is determined to encourage more and more businesses to see the core values that the military training and mind can bring to the commercial sector.

The first female Dragon in Ireland’s Dragons Den, Sarah was born and educated in the UK.  She opened her first business in 1994 in Dublin. sold wholesale hotel rooms to the travel trade worldwide, growing from zero to 100 million Euros turnover within ten years and embracing the development of the internet sensation by interfacing with and She successfully sold the business to American giant Cendant Corporation.

Peter Brophy - Managing Director, Floirin Corporate Finance

Peter Brophy - Managing Director, Floirin Corporate Finance

Peter is the founder of Floirin Corporate Finance, an independent Corporate finance adviser working with HNW individuals and mid-sized companies.

Key areas of focus include sourcing funding and advising on debt refinancing and expansion/new acquisitions in both the property and corporate spheres.

Peter previously worked with AIB where his experience included leadership of the Finance function in the Corporate Banking division and a range of Credit, Relationship Banking and debt restructuring roles.

He also worked with AIB in London from 2002 to 2010 where he led the Corporate Banking Property & Private Equity team. This role focussed on originating and structuring MBO/MBI deals and Property transactions in the £10m to £100m range.

Peter is a Chartered Management Accountant, holds a Masters in Organisation Behaviour from Trinity College, a Diploma in Legal, tax and Trusteeship from the Institute of Bankers in Ireland and a Corporate Finance Diploma from Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Róisín Grant - Founder, Grant Marketing & Communications

Róisín Grant - Founder, Grant Marketing & Communications

Róisín Grant has unrivalled expertise in the accountancy sector having spent 18 years developing the national Marketing team of Ireland's fastest growing professional services firm, Grant Thornton.

Through Grant Marketing & Communications Róisín brings an in-depth knowledge of the complexities of professional services firms brought about by multiple stakeholders, services, sector groups, budgets and offices. With expertise like this, Róisín can develop and enhance the marketing and communication plans of any firm.

She has a proven track record of delivering results including directing the marketing & communications elements of 7 successful mergers, the national implementation of a global brand, developing a digital strategy, overseeing an annual calendar of over 120 events and managing key sponsorships including the Newstalk Business Breakfast Show and the hugely successful Grant Thornton Corporate 5K Team Challenge.

She was ranked in Business & Finance's 2016 Top 100 Chief Marketing Officers and is a Member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.

Ronnie Patton - Senior Lecturer, Professional Accounting Practice, Ulster University

Ronnie Patton - Senior Lecturer, Professional Accounting Practice, Ulster University

Ronnie Patton FCCA, MBA, DipHE, FHEA qualified with ACCA in 1981 and completed an MBA in 1984. He is Senior Lecturer in Professional Accounting Practice at Ulster University and a member of the Board of the Arts and Disability Forum.

Prior to taking up a full time post in education in 1989, Ronnie’s experience included finance and management roles in retailing, distribution, consumer finance, professional practice and consultancy as well as part-time lecturing. He has extensive experience of designing and delivering academic, professional and vocational courses and developing the curriculum. He is a past examiner and coordinator across three subject areas within the ACCA examination system, a Past President of ACCA Ireland and is currently a member of Council at ACCA.

John Reynolds - Chairman, Cairn Homes plc

John Reynolds - Chairman, Cairn Homes plc

John Reynolds is non-executive chairman of Cairn Homes plc, the Irish residential building company listed on the London Stock Exchange, market capitalisation as at February 2015, €890m. John is also a non-executive director of Computershare Ireland, Business in the Community, and the National Concert Hall.

His executive career comprised over three decades in banking, the final 5 years as chief executive of KBC Bank Ireland. John was president of the Banking and Payments Federation during 2012 and 2013 when he was also a board member of the European Banking Federation.

Barry Cahir - Partner, Head of Insolvency & Restructuring, Beauchamps

Barry Cahir - Partner, Head of Insolvency & Restructuring, Beauchamps

Barry has joined Beauchamps recently as the new head of Insolvency & Restructuring. He is a recognised leader in the field having acted for all stakeholders, including liquidators, receivers and examiners in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious insolvency and debt restructuring cases. Barry also advises on the resolution of regulatory and other commercial disputes. Beauchamps is a growing, ambitious firm with over 160 people in our Dublin office.

In addition, Barry has recently been re-appointed by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to be a member of the Company Law Review Group on behalf of The Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners(ISIP).

Barry is also a Fellow of INSOL International and member of council for INSOL Europe.

Dr Damien Roche - Director of Project Implementation, Technological University, Institute of Technology Tallaght

Dr. Damien Roche - Director of Project Implementation, Technological University, Institute of Technology Tallaght

Dr Damien Roche is currently a Director of Project Implementation-Technological University at the Institute of Technology Tallaght having served as Head of the School of Business and Humanities at the Institute since 1992. He previously held appointments as a taxation specialist with Deloitte Touche and Price Waterhouse Coopers Chartered Accountants. He was previously employed at the Dublin Institute of Technology as a lecturer in Management.

Dr Roche holds an honours Law degree LLB from the University of Wales, an MBA from Trinity College Dublin (KPMG Award-Winner), an MSc in Economics by research from University College Dublin and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde.

Dr Roche is also a Barrister-at law of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, an Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute, a Fellow of the Association of International Accountants and a Fellow of the Institute of Incorporated Public Accountants. He has served as a council member and academic advisor to the Institute of Incorporated Public Accountants and has acted as an examiner for a number of professional institute

Paul McClatchie - Founder, Engage People

Paul McClatchie - Founder, Engage People

Paul McClatchie is the founder of Engage People, a Dublin based Financial Recruitment firm set up in 2016. From start-up stage, Paul now works with a growing team focussing on the Accountancy, Banking & Financial Services and Insurance sectors in Ireland.

Prior to setting up Engage People, Paul has built a proud track record in Dublin and Sydney in Financial Appointments and leading successful Recruiting teams in the Financial arena over the last 16 years. Paul and his team take great interest in Ireland’s ability to attract and retain both the best jobs and the top people in each of our sectors.

Victor Timon - Head of Commercial Technology Group Maples and Calder
Victor Timon - Head of Commercial Technology Group Maples and Calder

Victor is Head of the Commercial Technology Group in the Dublin office of Maples and Calder, the international law firm with over 16 offices worldwide. He has over 30 years' experience in the technology industry. He joined Maples in 2013 having previously worked both as in-house counsel in technology companies and as a partner in major law firms in the UK and Ireland.

His technology practice includes outsourcing and managed services, e-commerce and online-trading, mobile apps, cloud computing, data protection and privacy. Victor also looks after the general commercial contracts practice at Maples, including those for agency and distribution, procurement, BPO outsourcing, logistics and warehousing, franchising, standard terms of sale, advertising, branding and sponsorship.

Colm Nagle - Principal, Colna Consulting

 Colm Nagle - Principal, Colna Consulting

Colm is a consultant who provides strategic advice and guidance to SMEs and family-owned companies.

Until late 2016 he had been Chief Financial Officer of Heatons which has 58 department stores across the island of Ireland and employs over 2,000 people. Prior to that he was a Partner in BDO where he advised a diverse portfolio of indigenous Irish businesses and led the firm’s Family Business Advisory team.

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