The Irish Logistic & Transport Awards 2016
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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 We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless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.

The 2017 Judging Panel

The winners of the Irish Logistics & Transport Awards will be decided by an independent panel of distinguished industry leaders.

Judging Co-ordinator

Ailbe Burke - Lecturer in Heavy Vehicle Technology 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 Irish Logistics & Transport 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.

Judging Panel

Joe Donoghue - Chairman, Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland

Joe Donoghue - Chairman, Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland

CTTC members operate in excess of 1,000 coaches and employ close to 2,200 people coaches and buses and employ close to 2,100 people throughout the country. This means our combined fleet is equivalent to that of Dublin Bus, and close to double that of Bus Éireann.

CTTC’s chairman Joe Donoghue is the owner and day-to-day manager of 'Donoghue's of Galway’, who provide a comprehensive transport and travel network catering for corporate & incentive travel, conference & business, airport transfers, golf outings, continental and Irish day and extended tours and private hire.

Tom Thornton - President, Irish International Freight Association

Tom Thornton – 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. 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.

Captain Sinéad Reen - Lecturer, National Maritime College of Ireland

Captain Sinéad Reen - Lecturer, National Maritime College of Ireland

Sinéad currently lectures in Maritime Studies at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI), delivering academic, commercial and bespoke navigation and safety modules. In 1992 she started an 11-year career sailing as deck officer on a variety of ships trading worldwide with a number of companies including oil and cruise majors. In 2001 Sinéad became the first Irish female to obtain a Class1 Deck Master Mariner’s qualification. On coming ashore, she worked for the Port of Cork as Port Operations Officer before taking a post with the NMCI.

Sinéad is currently the first female President of the Irish Institute of Master Mariners, an association of professional mariners whose aim is to promote safe, efficient and professional conduct in the public and commercial maritime sectors in Ireland and internationally.

Mike Kelly - Head of CI, Keeling’s

Mike Kelly - Head of CI, Keeling’s

Mike Kelly has worked in Supply Chain, Lean and Operations management roles for over 25 years at home and abroad. He holds a BA in Management (IMI), a Masters in Supply Chain Management (DIT), a Postgraduate Diploma in Management in Lean Practice (WIT) and is currently a PhD Candidate at WIT (part-time) researching Sustainable Supply Chain Management within the Irish food manufacturing industry. He is currently Head of CI at Keeling’s.

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. He has also represented the IIFA internationally at the annual FIATA World Congresses.

In October 2013, he was part of the delegation at the FIATA World Congress in Singapore, which was successful in having 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.

Aidan Flynn - General Manager Business Services, FTA Ireland

Aidan Flynn - General Manager Business Services, FTA Ireland

Prior to joining the Freight Transport Association, Aidan successfully grew a training and consultancy business he set up in 2008. Before that he worked as a health and safety consultant in the transport industry and he also managed and developed road safety initiatives in Ireland. He has a wealth of experience and expertise across the Irish logistics industry, particularly in the delivery and management of training solutions, and has developed strong working relationships with many local transport operators as well as Government and statutory bodies.

Brian Markey - Sales & Administration Executive, FTA Ireland

Brian Markey - Sales & Administration Executive, FTA Ireland

Brian has worked in the training and consultancy arena since 2005. He has developed a wealth of experience in the Irish transport and logistics sector following his role as Business Development Manager for a training and consultancy company focused on delivering customised solutions to transport and logistics companies. Brian's role in FTA Ireland is to grow membership and membership services, while also managing the office administration function.

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

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.

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