Judging Panel

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, led by Dr. Jane O’Keeffe (Director of Supply Chain, NMCI/CIT), and drawn from the highest echelons of the Educational Institutions in Ireland and abroad, will determine the winners of The Education Awards.


Our focus is to deliver a balanced judging assessment from industry 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 Education 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.

A comprehensive judging process has been put together to decide the worthy winners of The Education Awards.

Judging Coordinator

Dr. Jane O’Keeffe - Director of Supply Chain, NMCI/CIT


Jane is the Logistics and Supply Chain course Director, and lecturer at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI)(CIT) in Supply Management, Logistics, Information Systems, Business Strategy and Human Resource Management for both logistics and maritime sectors.

Judging Panel

Professor Willie Donnelly - President Waterford Institute of Technology


Willie Donnelly was appointed President of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in April 2015, having held the position of Head of Research and Innovation at the Institute for the previous 10 years. 

Gerard O’Donovan - Head of the Faculty of Business and Humanities, Cork Institute of Technology


Gerard O’Donovan is Head of the Faculty of Business and Humanities in Cork Institute of Technology where he is responsible for the strategic direction, people management and operation of the Faculty.

David McKevitt - Lecturer, Management, University College Cork


Dr David McKevitt is a lecturer and programme director at University College Cork, Department of Management and Marketing.

Dr. Alison Porter Armstrong - Rehabilitation Sciences, Ulster University


Alison is an academic occupational therapist employed as a Senior Lecturer in Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of Health Sciences at Ulster University. Alison’s research interests include: assistive technologies, seating and postural support, pressure care mapping, and innovations in stroke care.

Prof. Graham Heaslip - Head of School of Business, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology


Graham is Professor of Logistics and Head of the School of Business at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Ireland.  Graham is a visiting professor at Hanken School of Economics in Finland and at UNSW in Australia.

Dr. Teresa Hurley - Former Head of School of Management, TU Dublin


Teresa has 27 years of experience in lecturing and managing academic programmes and is currently on secondment from the Head of School of Management post at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Aungier Street where she managed a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programmes in the College of Business

Robert Farrell - EMEA Trainer, HubSpot


Robert trains world class inbound marketing consultants to help customers grow better.

More judges will be announced shortly

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