Marine Industry Awards Judges & Judging
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Judges & Judging

An independent panel of recognised and expert Judges, representing Ireland's marine sector, will determine the winners of the Marine 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 one of our highly coveted trophies.

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Marine Industry 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 We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless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 Marine Industry Awards:

Judging Process

  1. After the closing date for receiving submissions, 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 Marine Industry 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 judges' decision is final and no correspondence, telephone, email or communication of any kind will be entered into in relation to decisions reached.

2017 Judging Panel

This year's Marine Industry Awards will be judged by an expert panel of leading professionals working in the maritime and marine sector in Ireland. Full profiles on our judges will be available shortly.

Judging Co-ordinator

Conor Mowlds - Head, National Maritime College of Ireland

 Conor Mowlds - Head, National Maritime College of Ireland

Conor Mowlds is the Head of the NMCI, a tripartite role which also incorporates the Managing Directorship’s of its specialist joint ventures companies, GAC Training & Service Solutions Limited and SEFtec NMCI Offshore Training Ltd.

Following a career at sea on deck, he has held a variety of shore positions in both the public and private sector in the UK and Ireland in policy development, education, vessel operations, safety management and business development.

In 2004, he took up a role with the Irish government’s dedicated Development Agency for the Maritime Sector, the IMDO, where he held the brief for maritime education and training for 4 years. He then took over as the Head of Commercial Operations at the NMCI, a role which he held immediately prior to taking up his current position as Head of the NMCI.

Conor has held a seat as a Council Member on the Board of the Irish Chamber of Shipping (ICOS) and has served as a member of the ICOS Manpower Committee. Most recently he was appointed to the Irish government’s Development Task Force for the development of the maritime economy “Harvesting our Ocean Wealth” and served on the Steering Group for the Study of the Current and Future Skills Requirements of the Marine/Maritime Economy to 2020.

Conor is a graduate of Maritime Business & Law from Southampton, has a post grad qualification in Business Development & Marketing, is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics & Transport (CMILT), and an Associate member of the Irish Institute of Master Mariners (IIMM).

2017 Judging Panel

Donal Maguire - Director of Aquaculture Development Services, Bord Iascaigh Mhara

 Donal Maguire - Director of Aquaculture Development Services, Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Donal grew up in West Clare, a background which has given him an enduring fascination with all things maritime. Secondary education was in Glenstal Abbey and third level was a BSc from UCC in 1981.

He went into the aquaculture industry after college, working in Ireland before moving to Scotland in 1984 to manage several salmon farming companies on the Western Isles. He was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship in 1988 and represented the industry on a wide range of bodies.

In 1997 he was appointed Director of Aquaculture Development Services with BIM. Amongst other roles he is chairman of the Bottom Grown Mussel Consultative Forum and The Cross Border Aquaculture Initiative. He also sits on the Food Safety Consultative Council of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

Liam Lacey - Director, Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO)

 Liam Lacey - Director, Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO)

Liam Lacey is Director of the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) and formerly worked with Irish Continental Group as Managing Director of its Container and Terminal Division.  He has extensive experience in shipping, chartering and port development.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland and holds a Masters Degree in management from Trinity College, Dublin.

Before joining the IMDO, Liam lectured in the area of strategic management and innovation in NUI Maynooth.  Liam was a member of IBEC’s Transport Council, which represents the views of industry in the area of transport and logistics.

Eoin Sweeney - Marine & Energy Consultant

 Eoin Sweeney - Marine & Energy Consultant

He managed the Discovery Programme, developing strategic technology programmes, then, emerging sectors of Ocean Energy, Marine Biotechnology and Marine ICT, within the Marine Institute. He initiated and managed the Ocean Energy Development Unit, (OEDU) in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland from 2008 to 2012. In this role he was responsible for initiating and co-ordinating a wide-ranging suite of measures to realise the objectives of the national Ocean Energy Strategy.

In 2012 he served as Chairman of the 4th International Conference on Ocean Energy, which was held in Dublin. He was Vice-chairman of the OES, the IEA’s Implementing Agreement for Ocean Energy until 2014. He currently works as a consultant to Irish and international agencies on marine energy, technology and biotechnology.

Brendan Tuohy - Chairman, NMCI Advisory Board

 Brendan Tuohy - Chairman, NMCI Advisory Board

Brendan Tuohy is currently a non-executive director of a number of company boards, Chairman of the National Maritime College of Ireland Industry Advisory Board, the National Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) and a number of other bodies. He is also President of the Irish Academy of Engineering.

Previously, he was Secretary General of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources from 2000 – 2007.  Prior to that, he worked in the Department of Environment as Chief Fire Adviser.

Brendan holds a degree in civil engineering from University College Cork (UCC) and post-graduate qualifications in environmental engineering and management from Dublin University, Trinity College and an honorary Doctorate from the Open University.

Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering and Adjunct Professor in the School of Business, Finance, Government and Information Systems at University College Cork.

Capt. Sinead Reen - Master Mariner

 Capt. Sinead Reen - Master Mariner

Sinéad, former President of the Irish Institute of Master Mariners, 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 stared 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.

Prof. Pat Shannon - Chairman, Irish Offshore Operators’ Association

 Prof. Pat Shannon - Chairman, Irish Offshore Operators’ Association

Pat Shannon is Chairman of the Irish Offshore Operators’ Association (IOOA). He worked for over 30 years at UCD where he was Professor of Geology, Head of the Department of Geology / School of Geological Sciences, and a member of the Governing Authority.

He worked previously at the Petroleum Affairs Division, the Geological Survey of Ireland and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. A Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Energy Institute and a member of the Senate of the NUI, he is the author of more than 100 research publications, including several books on petroleum geology.

Robert Dix - Non Executive Director and Chairman of Audit Committee, Allianz Ireland

 Robert Dix - Non Executive Director and Chairman of Audit Committee, Allianz Ireland

Experienced non executive director with strong commercial focus gained from over twenty years’ experience as a partner in a Big 4 accounting firm and subsequent executive and non executive director positions in a number of organisations.

An expert in M&A, IPO's, Financial and Corporate restructurings, and Strategic Planning combined with expertise in Corporate Governance and Audit Committees.

Lorcan O'Cinnéide - National Secretary, Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Association

 Lorcán Ó Cinnéide - National Secretary, Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Association

Lorcán Ó Cinnéide is one of the best known figures in the Irish seafood industry with 25 years’ experience in the sector. Lorcán is currently National Secretary of the Irish Fish Processors’ and Exporters Association (IFPEA) and Board member of the EU processors’ organisation AIPCEE. He was recently reappointed a Board member of the Marine Institute. He is a member of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority Consultative Committee (SFPA). He has participated in all the forums and management structures related to the fishing industry in Ireland and at EU level over the past two decades.

Lorcán is a former CEO of the Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation (IFPO) and formerly a member of the Aquaculture Licence Appeals Board (ALAB). He has also been involved in the evaluation of various marine science programmes on behalf of the EU Commission.

A sometime fishing vessel owner, Lorcán has a degree in Politics and Economics from Trinity College Dublin. He maintains a wide range of local development, conservation and broadcasting interests including a term as Chairman of Comhairle RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta, involvement in TV production and as Secretary of the Blasket Island Foundation.

Dermot Clohessy - Board Member, Marine Institute

 Dermot Clohessy - Board Member, Marine Institute

Dermot Clohessy is an engineer by profession with post graduate qualifications in Business Strategy & Finance. He has an extensive understanding of foreign direct investment having spent 28 years with IDA Ireland.  Dermot was IDA’s Executive Director / COO from 2006 to 2015 and was directly involved in the development and successful implementation of IDA’s corporate strategies during this period. His broad responsibilities also included expanding the global markets from which Ireland competes for investment & developing new business areas for FDI into Ireland.

He was appointed to the Board of the Marine Institute in January 2016, having been a member and a subcommittee chairman of the Development Task Force established to support the implementation of ‘Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth’ – an integrated marine plan for Ireland. Prior to Joining IDA in 1987, Dermot worked with an engineering design consultancy and as technical director of a construction related manufacturing company. He is now a strategic advisor with IDI – the Irish based international economic development consultancy.

Other Judges include:

Dr. Dave Jackson

Marine Institute

Capt. Catriona Dowling

Harbour Master, Warren Point

Rory Carberry

Director, Irish Sailing Association

Capt. Philip Cowman

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company

Capt. Dave Hopkins

Governor, CIT, & Former President, the Irish Institute of Master Mariners & President, Chamber of Shipping

Rory McGee

Commissioners of Irish Lights

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