Judges & Judging
The Irish Logistic & Transport Awards 2016

Judges & Judging

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, representing Ireland's logistics and transport sector, will determine the winners of The Irish Logistics & Transport 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 Irish Logistics & Transport 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 We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless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 Irish Logistics & Transport Awards:

Judging Process

  1. After all submissions have been received, 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 Panel

The award winners will be decided by a leading panel of industry experts. See below.

Further judging panel announcements will be made shortly

Judging Co-ordinator

Seamus Kavanagh - Executive Officer, Irish International Freight Association

Seamus Kavanagh - Executive Officer, Irish International Freight Association

Since joining the IIFA in 2008, Seamus has developed the FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding (a 10-month training course covering the corner stones of the Freight Forwarding industry), from a classroom set-up to a fully online training program. Responsible for the continued development of the programme, Seamus has twice brought the internationally recognised training programme through re-validation with FIAT, most recently in March of 2017.

In October 2013, Seamus was part of a 2 Person Delegation to attend the FIATA World Congress (the largest Global gathering of Freight, Logistics and Transport industries) in Singapore. At that event

Seamus successfully campaigned to have Dublin selected as the host city for the 2016 FIATA World Congress. Seamus played a key role in planning the FIATA World Congress which took place in October 2016 in the Convention Centre, Dublin with over 700 International Delegates in attendance.
Seamus represents the Irish Freight industry internationally with FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, and CLECAT, the European Association for Freight Forwarders and Customs Clearance Brokers.

Judging Panel

Derek Dunne - Education Officer, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers

Derek Dunne - Education Officer, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers

Derek Dunne FICS is the current Education Officer for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in and held the Chair of the Irish Branch in 2013/2014, he was promoted to a Fellow of the Institute in 2014 when the Irish Branch hosted the International gathering of the Institutes Controlling Council.

Managing Director of Manifest Ireland offering Customs Consultancy services to clients in general Customs formalities, AEO applications and planning for the post Brexit Customs environment.

With over 35 years’ experience in the maritime sector Derek has extensive experience in the areas of Port Agel

Mike Price - CEO & Founder, Tranzaura

Mike Price - CEO & Founder, Tranzaura 

Mike has over 25 years’ experience working directly in the transport and logistics sector both in Ireland and in the UK. Mike who started his career as a driver and later built and sold a successful transport company. Mike founded Tranzaura in 2009 to solve the many fleet management issues encountered through his experience as both a manager and owner of a transport fleet. With boots on the ground knowledge and a strong development team Mike and Tranzaura are continuously improving its technology to help improve the lives of transport & logistics professionals.

Tom Thornton – MD, Wells Cargo Logistics & President, Irish International Freight Association

Tom Thornton – MD, Wells Cargo Logistics & President, Irish International Freight Association

Tom has worked in freight since 1977 where he has worked in all areas of the business and has held senior positions with international companies including CEO and CFO. He is currently Owner/MD of Wells Cargo Logistics. Tom also holds a diploma in marketing and is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant. As President of IIFA, Tom represented IIFA at the 2014 FIATA World Congress in Istanbul, 2015 FIATA World Congress in Taipei and then hosted the 2016 FIATA World Congress in Dublin in October of 2016.

Aidan Flynn - General Manager, FTA Ireland

Aidan Flynn - General Manager, Freight Transport Association Ireland

Aidan, who was previously Business Services Manager for the last 4 years, took up the post of General Manager in January 2017. He has worked with FTAI since the formative years of the Association in Ireland and established a viable trade association in the midst of the worst economic recession in our country’s recent history – and has done so by promoting safety and compliance requirements to fleet operators.

Before joining FTAI, he held a number of senior leadership positions within the transport and logistics sector in Ireland. These included the establishment of a dedicated commercial fleet training business, health and safety and risk management consultancy and road safety initiatives.

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

Jane O’Keeffe - Director of Supply Chain, National Maritime College of Ireland

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

Jane is a beneficiary of 20 years industry experience, in electronics, pharmaceuticals and public sector, encompassing all aspects of Supply Chain and Business Management. Jane is a Fellow (FIIPMM), past president, and graduate of the Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management; A graduate of APICS (American Supply Chain Institute); and an active member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport (CMILT).

Jane holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business in Management degrees, Masters in Business Studies, Post Graduate qualifications in Education; and in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, from University College Cork.

Carmel Wintzer - Air & Ocean Freight Manager, Cube Logistics Limited

Carmel Wintzer - Air & Ocean Freight Manager, Cube Logistics Limited

Carmel is Air & Ocean Freight Manager and President of IACI (Irish Air Cargo Institute) 2017-2018.

She is experienced and self-motivated individual who has over 30 years’ service to the Freight and Logistics Industry, Customer Relations/Development Project Management.

With a vast Knowledge of Air Freight, Carmel also oversee the other suites of freight services provided by Cube Logistics.

William Rose - Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management, University College Dublin

William Rose - Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management, University College Dublin

William J. Rose is an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at University College, Dublin.

He holds a Ph.D. in Supply Chain Management from the University of Tennessee. His research addresses issues concerning urban logistics, vehicle routing, and the interaction between logistics and society.

William is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and Decision Sciences Institute.

Ailbe Burke - Lecturer in Automotive Engineering and Transport Marketing, Limerick Institute of Technology

Ailbe Burke - Lecturer in Heavy Vehicle Technology and Transport Marketing, Limerick Institute of Technology

Ailbe who holds an MSc in Strategic Automotive Management from Loughborough University. He is a Fellow at the Institute of Motor Industry FIMI and also an AAE Advanced Automotive Engineer at the Institute of Motor Industry. He is a MSAE Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers SAE and CMILT, Chartered Member at Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

His course in Transport Safety Management has won the Safety award at the ILTA awards 2015. He has worked with VOLVO Truck & Bus UK and Ireland and is currently lecturing at Limerick Institute of Technology on the BEng. Transport Technology & Management programme.

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