Event Industry Awards 2018

Our Judges

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, representing the events sector, will determine the winners of the Event Industry 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 Event Industry 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 We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless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 Event Industry Awards:

Judging Process

  1. After the closing date for receiving submissions, 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 the Awards' 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.

2018 Judging Coordinators

Rachelle O'Brien - Assistant Lecturer, School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology

Rachelle O'Brien - Assistant Lecturer, School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology 

Rachelle O’Brien is a lecturer in the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism at DIT. She lectures across a number of hospitality, tourism and event management modules including Conference Management, Event Operations, Tourism Studies, Business Tourism, Management and Marketing. She is Year 3 tutor on the B.Sc. Event Management programme and is an academic mentor to students on professional work placement. Rachelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology & English from Maynooth University and a first class honours M.Sc. in Tourism Management from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Prior to her academic career, Rachelle worked in the Hospitality and Tourism industry for almost 20 years in senior management roles. Her extensive industry background includes Director of Sales & Marketing positions with Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International.  Her breadth of industry experience also incorporates senior sales and marketing roles for domestic hotel groups, product development for incoming tour operators and market research and planning assistance for Fáilte Ireland.

Her research interests include authenticity in destination marketing, sustainability in destination management and the changing dynamics in online distribution.

Dr. Theresa Ryan - Lecturer & Researcher, School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology

Dr. Theresa Ryan - Lecturer & Researcher, School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology

Dr. Theresa Ryan is a lecturer and researcher in the College of Arts and Tourism at DIT. Theresa lectures on a range of hospitality, tourism and event management programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She delivers a range of event modules on the BSc and MSc in Event Management programmes including: event management, event industry studies, international event management and event planning and operations management, as well as supervising a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation students. Her professional background is in marketing and international business development. She is an active researcher and some of her research interests include: event impacts and tourism and destination development.

Ruth Craggs - Lecturer,  School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology

 

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2018 Judging Panel

Hiten Bajaj - Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Mosaic Live, UAE

Hiten Bajaj - Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Mosaic Live, UAE

The first step towards accomplishing any dream begins with, realizing it. Mosaic Live is one such accomplishment made by its Founder & CEO, Hiten Bajaj. Mosaic Live stands tall & unabashed on it’s vision of Designing and Delivering Impactful event experiences.

It’s been a joyride of decade long legacy for Mosaic Live and it has been evolving ever since. The growth has been phenomenal and Hiten with his team constantly thrives to uplift his craft. He believes in creating an unforgettable experience for each client of his and it is this hunger that helps Mosaic Live excel. Mosaic boasts of an extensively dynamic portfolio that consists of more than 500 successful events and some big brand names like Google, Microsoft, Standard Chartered, F1, Red Bull, KEF Holdings, Dubai Holdings, Etisalat to its credit and the list is never ending.

John Carty - Lecturer, Galway International Hotel School, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

John Carty - Lecturer, Galway International Hotel School, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology A native of Co. Roscommon, John is a lecturer in the Galway International Hotel School, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). John has worked with tourism and event organisations abroad and in Ireland.  He regularly conducts research and provides consultancy research to the tourism, hospitality, festival and event industries. John teaches marketing, public relations and event management modules on a variety of programmes in GMIT and has previously worked in Dublin Institute of Technology, Griffith College Dublin and Westomoreland College.

Colm Croffy - Executive Director, Association of Irish Festivals and Events (AOIFE) 

 Colm Croffy - Executive Director, Association of Irish Festivals and Events (AOIFE)

Colm is Executive Director of the Association of Irish Festivals and Events (AOIFE). He serves as a Director of the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) and serves as the Hon. Treasurer of International Festivals and Events - Europe. Formerly Co-coordinator for Ballinasloe Fair and Festival - one of the largest festival and heritage events in the West of Ireland - he now is involved with The Rose of Tralee, one of Ireland's longest running televised festivals based in Kerry in the South West. Colm was elected Chair of AOIFE in 2001 and subsequently took on executive roles leading to him becoming Operations Director in 2003 and Executive Director in May 2008.

AOIFE partners the Government and other stakeholders in developing world class festivals and events in Ireland. He was involved with the Irish Government's Task Force on the Tourism Industry and has been key in championing the role of the Festival and Cultural Events Sector within Irish Tourism, Arts and Community policies. In 2003 he was awarded the Industry's highest honour - the IFEA Miller Hall of Fame.

Terri Cullinane - Director & Founder, Cape Clear Consulting

Terri Cullinane - Director & Founder, Cape Clear Consulting 

A fluent French speaker, Terri began her career with the Irish Tourist Board in Paris in the early 80’s before her return to Ireland in 1988 when she joined the family business, West Cork Travel. She subsequently founded Beacon Conference & Incentive, a specialist destination and conference management company which fast became one of the leading players in the European inbound markets.

The company was sold to Drury Sports Management in 2004 and re-branded as PLATINUM One where she remained a Director until 2009.

Today she heads up Cape Clear Consulting, a boutique consultancy specialising in business tourism and event management.

 A former President of the Irish Tour Operators Association (I.T.O.A.) and former Chairperson and founding member of the Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers (A.I.P.C.O.), she has served on many industry boards and committees over the years.

Her broad experience across sales, marketing and operations with a proven track record of delivering some of the most successful events in Ireland and overseas, gives her a unique insight into the global MICE sector.

Terri was the recipient of the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Events Industry’ award in July 2017.

Claire Dumbrell - Commercial Director, EventInsure.ie

Claire Dumbrell - Commercial Director, EventInsure.ie

Claire has worked in General Insurance for 24 years, specialising in the Events, Leisure, Arts and Not for Profit Sectors. Over the past 24 years Claire has enjoyed working and building relationships with her clients, earning their trust and delivering a level of service her clients know they can depend on.

She is delighted to be working with Eventinsure.ie. Eventinsure.ie is part of Joseph G Brady Insurance Ltd who has been in business for 57 years. Eventinsure.ie is a Coverholder at Lloyds and use only specialist insurers to place business.

She is looking forward to the busy season ahead, and meeting old and new clients.

Dr. Elling Hamso - Managing Partner, Event ROI Institute, Norway

Dr. Elling Hamso - Managing Partner, Event ROI Institute, Norway

Elling Hamso is Managing Partner of Event ROI Institute, a leading expert on how to measure results from meetings and events and spends most of his time as a trainer and consultant to event agencies and corporate event planners across Europe. He is currently a member of the jury of European Best Event Awards (EuBEA), Middle East Event Awards, Eventex Awards and a number of national best event award programmes. Conference & Incentive Travel magazine ranked him 5th on their list of the 50 most influential people in the UK meetings and events industry, and Eventbranche magazine named him third among the 30 most influential professionals in the meetings and events industry in the Netherlands. He consults and speaks on subjects such as ROI, events industry trends and meeting design. Elling is Management Sciences graduate and holds a Ph.D. in procurement strategy from Manchester University.

Sam Johnston - Manager, Dublin Convention Bureau

Sam Johnston - Manager, Dublin Convention Bureau

Sam has worked in destination sales and marketing for 16-years, starting on the leisure tourism side with Causeway Coast & Antrim Glens progressing to Belfast Visitor & Convention Bureau before moving to Dublin Tourism in 2006.  In 2010 he moved across to work in the MICE sector with the Dublin Convention Bureau team where he led the conference ambassador programme, bringing association conferences to Dublin.  Since then he has worked on all aspects of the business tourism sector playing a key role in the Bureau achieving its annual targets, delivering €51m in new business to Dublin trade partners.  He was recently appointed as manager to lead the Bureau with further ambitious growth targets of €56m.  The Dublin Convention Bureau is a unit within Fáilte Ireland.

Lynn Lester - Managing Director of Events, The Drum, UK

Lynn Lester - Managing Director of Events, The Drum, UK

Lynn is the Managing Director of Live Events at The Drum, the global media and marketing industry title.  She runs four teams; conferences, awards, sales and marketing and produces 30+ live events across the UK, USA and APAC.  

When Lynn started at The Drum 14 years ago, it was a tiny Scottish business with a handful of events and a magazine to its name, so it’s been an honour for her to have been part of the leadership team who grew it into a multi-million pound, award-winning business.  And for it to now have global recognition and status, still makes her blush today (a solid trade of a Scot).

Before the world of events, Lynn’s background was in media and publishing, working in a variety of commercial roles.
She is also a professional emcee/presenter having fronted over 100+ events including the Content and PITCH Stages at Web Summit, Global Ace Awards New York, Doubleclick Bid Manager Awards (division of Google) and The Drum’s major award shows.  Audiences range from 50-700+ individuals.  Lynn is also an experienced awards judge and is very much looking forward to reviewing the best work to come out of Ireland, at this year’s Event Industry Awards.

Declan Maxwell - Restaurant Manager, Luna Restaurant

Declan Maxwell - Restaurant Manager, Luna Restaurant

Declan Maxwell has carved a stellar career, setting the benchmark for standards within the service end of the hospitality industry, making him the perfect choice to judge the ‘Best Catering Company 2016 ” at this year’s Event Industry Awards.

In 2016, Declan won  the ‘Host the Year Award’, marking another triumph in an already distinguished career that has seen him manage front of house at Chez Nico (London) before moving back to Dublin where he first established his name as manager at La Stampa, followed by sixteen years in one Ireland’s top restaurants, the multi-award winning Chapter One.

Declan manages Luna which won the RAI Best Restaurant in Ireland 2016 after only being open to 10 months.

Andrea Michaels - President/Owner, Extraordinary Events, USA

Andrea Michaels - President/Owner, Extraordinary Events, USA

Winner of more than 41 Special Events magazine Gala Awards, Andrea was honored as the “Pillar of the Industry” during The Special Event Gala in 2014. This unique one-time-only achievement award, on the heels of the 25th Anniversary of Extraordinary Events, recognised Andrea for a lifetime of elevating the quality, integrity, creativity and impact of the events industry, as well as spearheading its international outreach. Andrea is also the first inductee into the Special Event Industry Hall of Fame and the recipient of the coveted Special Event Award of Excellence and a Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, she was honoured in 2015 with the Steve Kemble Leadership Award recognising how much she gives back to educate the entire industry. She has also won the M.P.I. Global Paragon Award and a SITE Crystal Award, among many other such honors. Andrea has planned and produced events since 1973, expanding from local LA based events to a dominant international presence.

Mary O'Rawe - Lecturer in Management and Innovation, School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, DIT

Mary O'Rawe - Lecturer in Innovation Management, School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, DIT

Mary O'Rawe lectures in Innovation Management at the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism at DIT, and is a tutor and subject specialist in the Management area on the B.Sc. Event Management programme. Mary researches in the hospitality, tourism and events area, most recently in the area of virtual reality and augmented reality. Mary has convened several education seminars and conferences, and is the co-founder of the international ARVR Innovate conference.

Dr. Bernadette Quinn - Programme Chair, MSc Event Management, College of Arts & Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology

Dr. Bernadette Quinn - Programme Chair, MSc Event Management, College of Arts & Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology

Dr. Bernadette Quinn works in the Department of Tourism at the Dublin Institute of Technology where she is Programme Tutor for the MSc Event Management. She teaches international event management on this programme and supervises several dissertations on topics such as bidding for events; events and accessibility; events and regional development and events and social media.  Bernadette is an active researcher with a particular interest in festivals and cultural events. She produced her first book Key Concepts in Event Management in 2013 (Sage, London), and has  published numerous articles in journals such as Urban Studies, the Journal of Event Management and the Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure & Events.

Yetti Redmond - Director, Yetti's Projects
Yetti Redmond - Director, Yetti's Projects

Yetti is a multi award winning radio producer and was also creative lead on commemorative events with RTÉ.  

Her work includes devising and developing the content for RTÉ Reflecting the Rising, the biggest civic public gathering in the history of the State which attracted 750,000 people.  This people’s commemoration on Easter Monday, 2016 spanned Dublin city as the lives of ordinary people as well as the rebels and those caught up in the cross fire were brought to life through drama, music, broadcasts, talks and interactive family events.  Different zones told different stories - from the poverty that existed to the lives of the rich and privileged.  Walking tours with re-enactments told long forgotten stories and people also enjoyed debates, philosophical discussions, exhibits, sing-songs, workshops and live music. 

Mary Weir - Project Manager,  Tall Ships Regatta Dublin 2018

Mary Weir - Project Manager,  Tall Ships Regatta Dublin 2018

Mary works in Local Government and currently works as a Project Manager Tall Ships Regatta Dublin 2018. She specialised in Event Management from 2000 to 2013. Mary successfully delivered the role of Project Manager for the largest event in Ireland in 2012 - The Tall Ships Races Festival in Dublin. Her previous experience included the delivery of Dublin City’s annual outdoor event programme and the event approval/liaison remit in DCC. In addition, she was a contributor to the Cultural Chapter of the current City Development Plan, a member of the Project Team with responsibility for the delivery of the Smithfield Enhancement Scheme 2011, a member of the Dublin Tourism Cultural Tourism Strategy Working Group and is currently a participant in the Failte Ireland Dublin Now project.  Mary is passionate about the animation of public space and the provision of accessible cultural activity  that enhances everyone’s experience of the city and supports the economic wellbeing of the city and its communities.

Mary is currently completing her final module of a Masters in Event Management with Leeds Met University, holds a HDip in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work from UCD and is a Grad member of IOSH.

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