Judging Panel

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, representing the event industry, 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 We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless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 Coordinators

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


Dr. Ruth Craggs is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, TU Dublin.  Ruth is the Bsc. (Hons) Event Management programme chair.  

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


Rachelle O’Brien is a lecturer in the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism at TU Dublin. She lectures across a number of tourism and event management modules including Conference Management, Event Industry Studies, Event Operations and Business Tourism.

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


Dr Theresa Ryan is a lecturer and researcher in the College of Arts and Tourism at TU Dublin. Theresa lectures on a range of hospitality, tourism and event management programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Judging Panel

Alan Bannon - Founder, Cannonball


Ireland’s Cannonball supercar event founder Alan Bannon developed his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for cars when he got his first glimpse of a red Porsche 911 at just 10 years old.

John Carty - Lecturer ,GMIT


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. 

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.

Terri Cullinane - Director, Cape Clear Consulting


Terri Cullinane heads up Cape Clear Consulting, a boutique consultancy specialising in business tourism and event management. Terri was the recipient of the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Events Industry’ award in July 2017.

Claire Dumbrell - Commercial Manager, 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.

Daniel Halpin - Head of Marketing, Cogs & Marvel


Daniel’s experience in the event industry began in promoting large-scale sporting events for live and television audiences. From this he spent three years working in a Dublin based PCO, promoting Ireland as a destination to the international association conference industry.

Dr. Elling Hamso - Managing Partner, Event ROI Institute


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.

Andrew Langford - Lecturer in Food and Beverage Studies, Shannon College of Hotel Management a School of NUI Galway


Andrew Langford works as a Lecturer in Food and Beverage Studies at Shannon College of Hotel Management a School of NUI Galway. His main interests lie in Beverage studies and Practical Restaurant Training.  

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


Lynn is the Managing Director of Events at The Drum, Europe’s largest media and marketing website.  She is also a professional awards presenter and has hosted over 100 award ceremonies, conferences and events including Ace Awards New York, Doubleclick Bid Manager Awards, Web Summit and The Drum Awards and Events.

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 ‘The Best Event Caterer” at this year’s Event Industry Awards.

Andrea Michaels - President, 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.

Mary O’Rawe - Lecturer in Management and Innovation, School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, TU Dublin


Mary O'Rawe lectures in Innovation Management at the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism at TU Dublin and is a tutor and subject specialist in the Management area on the B.Sc. Event Management programme.

Gary Pagano - Vice President, Viacom Special Events, USA


Gary Pagano is the Vice President of Viacom‘s Special Events team where he produces a wide variety of events internationally.  He has been an instructor at NYU for over 13 years and recently has written the curriculum for their new diploma course in Event Production class.

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


Dr. Bernadette Quinn is a Senior Lecturer  in the Department of Tourism at the Dublin Institute of Technology where she is Programme Tutor for the MSc Event Management.

James Sheridan - Assistant Lecturer, School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, TU Dublin


James Sheridan is a Lecturer in the School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, James lecturers in the area of Food & Beverage Studies, Management and Operations within the hospitality industry.

Mary Weir - Co-Founder, Event Industry Association of Ireland


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.

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