Judging Panel

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

We understand the importance of a fair and objective judging process. That's why we assemble a prestigious panel of industry leaders, renowned for their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm, and expertise in the accounting industry.

Our selection process is meticulous. Judges are bound by strict confidentiality agreements and declare any potential conflicts of interest. Entries with conflicts are reassigned, ensuring complete impartiality.

This unwavering commitment to integrity is the foundation of our awards programme. Become a part of recognising industry excellence. If you're interested in joining the judging panel, email your details to judges@businessriver.com

A comprehensive judging process has been developed to decide the winners of the Irish Accountancy Awards

2024 Judging Panel

John Gaynor (Judging Coordinator)

Atlantic Technological University - Sligo Campus, Atlantic Technological University - Sligo Campus

John is Programme Chair and Lecturer on the BA in Accounting at ATU Sligo. He served nine years on ACCA Committees and was ACCA Ireland Chair in 2017. He is chair of the resource oversight committee for NiBRT and volunteers on the boards of Sligo Tourism, Hawks Well Theatre, Sligo Academy of Music. VIEW MORE

Siobhan Blackwell

Director, Head of Business, Regulatory & Supervisory Management, TD Securities

A passionate and distinguished leader, Siobhan Blackwell, FCCA, MBA, has led multiple functional areas across Finance and Global Markets over a 20-year career. She is a voice and champion for the continued professional development of working women, in particular mothers, in financial services. VIEW MORE

Peter Brophy

Managing Director, Floirin Corporate Finance Limited

Experienced Corporate Finance professional who provides M & A, Strategic Planning and debt advisory services. VIEW MORE

Evelyn Cregan

Company Secretary and Director of Executive Education, The Institute of Bankers in Ireland (trading as IOB)

Evelyn Cregan, a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, and a Chartered Governance Professional, working in education and financial services. Evelyn is focused on governance education across a range of governance, culture, compliance and sustainability programmes. VIEW MORE

Gillian Doherty

Chief Operations Officer, Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI)

Gillian Doherty Chief Operations Officer, Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) VIEW MORE

Peter Gillen

2023 Chartered Star Winner; ESG First Line Risk & Assurance Manager, Chartered Accountants Ireland; AIB

Peter Gillen was the Chartered Accountant Ireland’s 2023 Chartered Star Winner recognising his work in supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Peter is an ESG First Line Risk & Assurance Manager at AIB, with experience of working in financial services audit and sustainability advisory. VIEW MORE

Pauline Haughey

Project Manager, Queen's University Belfast

Pauline is a Project Manager at Queen’s University Belfast, a member of the Russell Group of UK research intensive universities, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos. VIEW MORE

Damien Malone

Managing Partner, Malone & Co.

Founder and Managing Partner of Malone & Co., Damien has over 20 years’ experience in working with and advising Irish entrepreneurs and international businesses operating in Ireland. VIEW MORE



Aisling McDevitt is a Director at PGIM Real Estate Loan Services. Ms. McDevitt supports strategic projects within real estate and she sits on several innovation councils. She is also a Director on the board of PGIM Ireland, responsible for strategic initiatives and external engagements. VIEW MORE

Dr. Caroline McGroary

Chartered Accountant, Lecturer in Accounting and Fulbright Scholar, Chartered Accountants Ireland, Dublin City University and Boston College

Dr. Caroline McGroary is a Chartered Accountant, Fulbright Scholar, Research Fellow at Boston College and Lecturer in Accounting at Dublin City University in Ireland (DCU). VIEW MORE

Cormac Mohan

Managing Director, FM Accountants & Business Advisors

An experienced Senior Finance Professional with a proven track record having worked internationally for a number of years with Coca Cola & Microsoft. He is currently Managing Director of FM Accountants & Business Advisors , a city centre based Practice on Fitzwilliam Square. VIEW MORE

Christine Nangle

Head of Discipline of Accoounting, TU Dublin

Christine Nangle is Head of Discipline of Accounting at TU Dublin within in excess of 20 years industry and academic experience. Christine is the an elected member of the BAFA Audit Sig and Author of the 'External Auditing and Assurance' text book used for CAP 1 and FAEs. VIEW MORE

Angela O Leary

Managing Partner, AG Associates Accountants

Angela O'Leary, a CPA Accountant and CTax Advisor, is the Founder and Managing Director of AG Associates Accountants, an award winning practice based in Cork. With over 20 years of experience, Angela has steered AG Associates in providing invaluable support to a wide range of SMEs across Ireland. VIEW MORE

Kieran O'Brien

Partner, KPMG Ireland

Partner - Management Consulting. Over 20 years advising local and international companies on Finance Transformation and Performance VIEW MORE

Seán O'Reilly

Assistant Professor, University College Dublin

Dr Seán O'Reilly is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at University College Dublin. Séan is a Chartered Accountant and Lectures on the FAE Programme at Chartered Accountants Ireland. VIEW MORE

Anand Kumar Pandey

Financial Reporting Leader, General Electric (GE)

Anand is a global finance leader having worked with General Electric (GE) since 2002 in India, Germany, UK and now Ireland. Prior to GE Anand had worked in Audit practice for 4 years in India. He is a qualified member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and Irish Tax Institute. VIEW MORE

Ronnie Patton

Deputy President, ACCA

Ronnie Patton, FCCA, MBA, DipHE, FHEA, ACCA qualified in 1981 and earned an MBA in 1984. He's a Senior Lecturer in Professional Accounting at Ulster University, deeply involved in education and professional development, also serving on the Board of the Arts and Disability Forum and on ACCA's Council. VIEW MORE

Sean Quigley

Chartered Accountant, Non Executive Director, Governance Consultant and Executive Coach,

Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Masters in Organisational Behaviour Masters in Executive and Team Coaching. Extensive experience at Senior Leadership level including as Finance Director. Non-Executive Director across different sectors. Corporate Governance Consultant. VIEW MORE

Michael Shovelin

Lecturer in Business Strategy and Finance, Atlantic Technological University

Michael is currently a lecturer in Business Strategy and Finance at Atlantic Technological University - Sligo. He has previously taught at a number of other colleges including DCU, University of Malawi and the University of Vorarlberg, Austria. VIEW MORE

Olivia Smith

Sustainability Business Partner, Sustainability Business Partner Freelance

Olivia, a Sustainability Business Partner, fosters sustainable business models. A Chartered Certified Accountant, she brings operational sustainable finance expertise spanning engineering, construction, education, finance, professional services, and FMCG sectors. VIEW MORE