Judging Panel

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, 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 developed to decide the winners of the Education Awards.

2024 Judging Panel

Willie Donnelly

Willie Donnelly (Judging Coordinator)

Director of Research and Innovation, The Technical Higher Education Association THEA

Research Innovation and Engagement Director, The Technical Higher Education Association. He was President, Waterford Institute of Technology (2015-May 2022) leading the establishment of the South East Technological University. He has 30 years research leadership experience in Industry and Academia. VIEW MORE

Joseph Collins

Director of Further Education and Training, ETBI

Dr Joseph Collins is Director of Further Education and Training at ETBI. He is on secondment from South East Technological University where he was Head of Faculty of Business and Humanities. VIEW MORE

Colette Henry

Head of Department of Business Studies, Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT)

Professor Colette Henry, PhD, is Head of Department of Business Studies at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), and Adjunct Professor (Business Strategy & Innovation) at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. VIEW MORE

Eoin McCarthy

Eoin McCarthy

Head of Creative Media, College of Further Education & Training, Mulgrave St. Campus, Limerick

Eoin McCarthy is Head of Creative Media in The College of FET, Mulgrave Street Campus, Limerick. He has over 28 years experience in Further Education. He is an advocate for a holistic approach to education based on the community development principles of self-reliance and social inclusion. VIEW MORE

Denise McMorrow

Denise McMorrow

Student Experience Manager / Chair Of Unesco Dublin Learning City, IADT

Denise McMorrow is Head of Student Experience in the Institute of Art, Design and Technology and she is the Co-Chair of UNESCO Dublin Learning City. She has over 25 years’ experience in Education, Access, Inclusion and Diversity. She provides leadership in the integration of the student services fun. VIEW MORE

Paul Mullally

Paul Mullally

Director, Education Lighthouse

Paul has been directly involved with student recruitment from a range of different countries and regions, and more recently he has been an international education consultant and has worked with institutions in Ireland, UK, US, Australia, and NZ to help with their internationalisation strategies. VIEW MORE

Dr. Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin

Dr. Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin

Project Manager - Internationalisation and External Engagement, Atlantic Technological University

Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin has worked in tertiary education, both public and private, for over 30 years in the Irish, UK, US, and Swiss education systems, predominantly working in the field of Hospitality and Tourism Management and Education Leadership. VIEW MORE

Liam O'Reilly

Director of IT, University of Limerick

Business and IT Transformation Leader with 28 Years experience at a senior management level in international Business, across multiple industry sectors, private, public and higher education . Held a variety of senior roles including Managing Director, General Manager, CIO, Operations Director. VIEW MORE

Dr. Kushan Rathnasekara

Researcher, University of Kelaniya

Dynamic researcher in Next Gen Education, specializing in Gen Z and Alpha learning styles. A committed Examiner, Panelist, and research supervisor, also an active international journal reviewer, focused on advancing education through an innovative digital pedagogy. VIEW MORE

Yuxin Wang

CEO and Co-Founder, GoMappED

20+ years in business, project management, software engineering, and law. Led EdTech R&D, co-founded GoMappED Limited. VIEW MORE