Judging Panel

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, representing the Health & Safety profession, will determine the winners of the Health & Safety Excellence Awards.

Our focus is to deliver a balanced judging assessment from Health & Safety 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 Health & Safety Excellence Awards.

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 We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless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 developed to decide the winners of the Health & Safety Excellence Awards.

2024 Judging Panel

Mike Ahern

Mike Ahern

General Manager, Wildlands

Michael is currently the General Manager at Wildlands in Galway. Wildlands opened in 2020 and is a 40-acre adventure park catering for more than 200,000 visitors per year across functions such as adventure, food & beverage, events and accommodation. VIEW MORE

Rafael Bernardes

Rafael Bernardes

Quality & Continuous Improvement Manager, Dublin Bus

Rafael Bernardes is an Industrial Engineer by profession with over twelve years of business experience, change management, business transformation, QEHS compliance, and strategy through private sector organizations in different businesses, nationally and internationally. VIEW MORE

Elaine Bowers

Elaine Bowers

Senior EHS Executive, Ibec

Elaine is an experienced EHS professional who has worked in a wide range of business sectors. She is currently managing EHS training and consultancy services in Ibec Academy which includes open courses, as well as customised training and consultancy solutions for companies. VIEW MORE

Dr. Conor Buggy

Dr. Conor Buggy

Associate Professor, University College Dublin

Director of the UCD Centre for Safety and Health at Work / Associate Professor in Occupational and Environmental Studies. VIEW MORE

Dr. Alison Connolly

Dr. Alison Connolly

Assistant Professor, University College Dublin (UCD)

An Assistant Professor in the UCD Centre for Safety and Health at Work (CSHW) within the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science and the Programme Director of the UCD Higher Diploma of the Safety, Health and Well-Being at Work. VIEW MORE

Patricia Ennis Gillen

Patricia Ennis Gillen

Lecturer (Retired), TU Dublin

Patricia recently retired from TUDublin and now works as an occupational Health and Safety Consultant and Corporate Trainer (Self-employed). She specialises in chemical safety training. VIEW MORE

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Health and Safety Manager, ARYZTA

Jennifer has worked in the field of Occupational Health and Safety for 12+ years, in a range of industries - from IT, construction and manufacturing. VIEW MORE

Reddy Morley

Reddy Morley

Head of Rail Safety & Occupational Health and Safety, Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Reddy is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, with experience in the highly safety-regulated industries of mining, construction, and light rail. VIEW MORE

Jessica Rigley

Jessica Rigley

Principal Occupational Health & Safety Manager, BAM Ireland

Jessica is highly experienced, dedicated, Health and Safety professional who has accumulated over 24 years’ experience within the construction industry both in Ireland and the Middle East. VIEW MORE

Eddie Ronayne

Eddie Ronayne

Safety Advisor, Cork County Council

Eddie Ronayne has over 22 years’ experience in OH&S. As head of safety & wellbeing in Cork County Council for 22years, Eddie was instrumental in leading Cork Co. Co. to full certification of its SMS to ISO 45001 and its wellbeing program to the IBEC Keepwell Mark. VIEW MORE

Julianne Shine

Julianne Shine

Senior EHS Specialist, Boston Scientific Clonmel

Julianne is an experienced Environmental, Health & Safety professional with a demonstrated history of working in both the aerospace industry and medical device industry. She has progressed throughout the years from her role as an EHS Graduate to her current position of Senior EHS Specialist. VIEW MORE

Dr Penpatra Scripaiboonkij

Dr. Penpatra Sripaiboonkij

Lecturer/Programme Director, University College Dublin

Dr. Penpatra Sripaiboonkij has comprehensive knowledge in the area of occupational health and safety. VIEW MORE