Judging Panel

An independent panel of recognised and expert green leaders will determine the winners of the Green 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 a Green 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 Green Awards.

Please view a sample of our past judges here.

2021 Judging Panel

Mark Bennett

Director, Innovation Hub, Trinity College Dublin

Mark Bennett is Director of the Innovation Hub at Trinity College Dublin. He has particular competencies in smart cities, clean technology and corporate citizenship strategy.

Jan Peter Bergkvist

Senior Sustainability Advisor, Sleepwell AB, Sweden

Jan Peter "JP" Bergkvist, sustainability professional, inspiring speaker, writer & senior advisor at SleepWell AB, has been active in the field of Sustainable Business at an executive level in the hospitality industry, since the early nineties. 

Dr. Ken Boyle

Chair MSc Sustainable Development, TU Dublin

Dr. Ken Boyle lectures on environmental and resource management in the School of transport engineering, environment and planning at TU Dublin.  He is chair of the MSc Sustainable Development.

Aidan Byrne

Sustainability & Utilities Manager, Aviva Stadium

Aidan is the Sustainability & Utilities Manager at the Aviva Stadium and has over a decade of experience in energy management, sustainable development practices, and in the implementation of the ISO20121 Sustainable Event management & ISO50001 Energy Management standards.

Margaret Coles

Green Business Officer, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

In 1999, Margaret was appointed the first ever Environmental Awareness Officer in Dublin City Council and in 2005 she took up her current role as Green Business Officer with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

John Cunniffe

Estate Services Manager, The Bar of Ireland

John Cunniffe has experience rolling out Green Initiatives within property portfolios across a range of sectors; utilising his engineering background to incorporating sustain solutions within the built environment to incorporating a cradle-to-cradle approach to suitable projects.

Ruaidhrí De Barra

Sustainability Officer, CUH

Ruaidhrí is the Sustainability Officer for Cork University Hospital with responsibility for co-ordinating the Environmental initiatives across the first Green Flag hospital campus worldwide.

David Fitzgerald

Head of Responsible Sourcing Europe, Kellogg Company

Dave is a senior sustainability professional leading Responsible Sourcing for Kellogg in Europe. 

Marie-Louise Gaile

Sustainability Manager, Ulster University

Marie-Louise is an Environmental and Health & Safety Practitioner with over 15 years’ experience in the development and implementation of Environmental and Safety Management Systems.

Joe Harford

Managing Director, Joe Harford & Associates

Joe Harford is a post graduate of Technology University Dublin and a fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering, he held various technical and managerial positions with Bristol Myers Squibb, general manager of Newport Pharmaceuticals Ireland and president and chief executive of Astellas Ireland.

Martina Henry

Regenerative Agriculture Manager, Diageo

As Diageo’s Global Head of Sustainable Sourcing, Martina combines her diverse skills, experience, and natural curiosity to promote shared value across supply chains in a way that is pragmatic, collaborative and transformative.

Nick Holden

Professor of Biosystems Engineering, University College Dublin

Nick’s teaching focuses on life cycle assessment methods and critical assessment of green technologies, and his research addresses the impact and sustainability of agriculture, food and the bioeconomy. 

Karen Kennedy

Global Sustainability Senior Manager, PepsiCo

Karen is an Environmental Scientist by qualification with 20 years’ experience working in national and international food and beverage companies.

Prof. Frances Lucy

Head of Department of Environmental Science, Institute of Technology Sligo

Professor Frances Lucy is Head of the Department of Environmental Science and Director of CERIS, the Centre for Environmental Research Innovation and Sustainability at the Institute of Technology, Sligo.

Grace Maher

Development Officer, Irish Organic Association

Grace has extensive experience in organic food and farming. With a qualification in organic horticulture she began her career teaching Sustainable Agriculture at the Organic College in Limerick.

Neil Menzies

Sustainability Manager, Hibernia REIT

Neil Menzies has recently taken up the newly created position of Sustainability Manager with the real estate company Hibernia REIT plc (“Hibernia”). With over 10 years working in the area of sustainability, he now has responsibility for managing the sustainability efforts across Hibernia’s €1.4bn property portfolio, all of which is in Dublin. 

Margaret Murphy

Regional Resource Efficiency Officer, Southern Region Waste Management Office

Margaret is Regional Resource Efficiency Officer with the Southern Region Waste Management Planning Office.  Margaret’s qualifications include B.Sc., Graduate Diploma in Industrial Chemistry and M.Sc. in Environmental Protection. 

Barbara-Anne Richardson

Sustainability & Public Affairs Manager, HEINEKEN Ireland

Barbara-Anne Richardson is Sustainability and Public Affairs Manager with HEINEKEN Ireland, having previously worked with Cork Chamber as Director of Member of Services.

Padraig Ryan

Director, Grant Thornton Ireland

Padraig is a Director in Grant Thornton’s Business Consulting Team. Prior to joining Grant Thornton Padraig sent a number of years working in corporate sustainability.

More Judges will be announced soon. 

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