JUDGES

The calibre of the judging process and the judging panel sets the Ireland eGovernment Awards apart. Winning an award, having been judged by acknowledged experts in eGovernment in Ireland, gives the awards the highest level of prestige.

 

This year our judges represent a mix of eGovernment practitioners, web experts and digital innovators.


Joseph Nugent


CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, AN GARDA SIOCHANA.

Director Joseph Nugent was appointed Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) in An Garda Siochana in August 2016. The CAO is the senior civilian role in An Garda Siochana, and the member of the Executive Management Team with particular responsibility for leading and managing the organisation’s administrative functions, including Human Resources, Training & Development, Information and Communications Technologies, Financial Management and Procurement.

Mr. Nugent has held senior management positions in a range of public bodies through his career including in the Office of the Attorney General, the Citizens Information Board, the Department of Finance and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Prior to his appointment as CAO, Mr. Nugent was Chief Executive of the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA). From 2010 to 2014 Joseph Nugent was Director of Passport Services in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, leading and delivering a series of passport reform initiatives over his five-year term. Born in Dublin, Joseph holds a MSc from Cranfield University.


Declan Tuite


PROGRAMME CHAIR, MSc IN EMERGING MEDIA, SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS, DCU

Declan is an experienced judge on the eGovernment Awards panel and is an internationally recognised expert in web usage. His areas of expertise lie in interactive design, programming, HCI, sound design and the use of new media to maintain intimate relationships. His main research is concerned with the effects of ICT on society. Declan has recently taken the lead on mobile application development projects in collaboration with industry partners and Enterprise Ireland.


Barney Whelan


BARNEY WHELAN, B.Sc., PhD, M.B.A., F.P.RI.I.

Having spent many years in the aquaculture industry, Barney moved to ESB where he was responsible for Public Relations, Public Affairs and brand communications. He subsequently held the position of Director, Sales and Marketing at The Food Safety Promotion Board. He was appointed as Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs at An Post in 2006.

Barney’s Doctoral studies were on Fish Pollution Ecology and his MBA investigated the economic impact of “environmentalism”. He is a qualified commercial diver and holds a Diploma in Fish Pathology from Stirling University.


Matt Houlihan


MATT HOULIHAN, DIRECTOR, GOVERNMENT AND CORPORATE AFFAIRS AT CISCO

Matt joined Cisco as Head of Government and Corporate Affairs for the UK and Ireland in October 2015, a role which sees him develop and deliver Cisco’s government and wider corporate affairs strategies. Previously, he has worked for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in postings in Paris and the UK’s Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels.  Matt has also worked as an advisor in the Cabinet of the UK’s European Commissioner, in the Prime Ministers’ European Secretariat and in various roles in the Home Office. Matt holds a BSc in Sociology and an MSc in European Politics and Policy, both from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a diploma in Economics from the Open University.


Paddy Flynn


PADDY FLYNN, DIRECTOR GEO DATA OPERATIONS (GLOBAL) AT GOOGLE

Paddy leads the global Geo Data Operations (GDO) team that builds and maintains Geo’s Maps. With strong focus on operations excellence and intelligence, Paddy and team are recognised as leaders in their approach to contingent workforce management across Google and Alphabet.

Paddy Flynn joined Google in 2009 and was the Director of the Trust & Safety team for EMEA and APAC until August 2017. This involved managing a multi-market team who work across Google’s core products to ensure user safety through adherence and promotion of Google’s guidelines and policies. Paddy has 20 years of experience prior to joining Google, he has a background in information technology and general management across a wide range of industries and businesses including working in consulting for a number of years. Paddy graduated from University College Cork as an Electrical Engineer and started his career at Accenture.

Over the past 6 years Paddy has led Google Ireland’s engagement with the Irish startup community. In that role he has helped develop/scale a thriving local eco-system by running events, providing mentorship and creating global/local Google for Entrepreneurs partnerships for startups.

When Paddy joined Google he had a young family with a youngest of 3 who is now 12. He has three kids/young adults and has seen the challenges of raising a young family while managing the Google demands and interests. Family support and other focus time in community efforts have been critical to extending his 2 year Google plan to nearly 10 years.


Maeve Kneafsey


JUDGING CO-ORDINATOR, CO-FOUNDER & CEO CLOUDKPI

Maeve is a leading expert in digital metrics and analytics. Having successfully founded and grown two digital agencies, she most recently co-founded a cutting edge US-based predictive analytics solution CloudKPI. As former Chair of the Irish Internet Association and co-founder of the Ireland eGovernment Awards and Centres of Excellence, she is a  successful entrepreneur and innovator.

She is highly experienced in developing software solutions to maximize revenues and accelerate growth. She also lectures on a wide range of digital topics including digital strategy and transformation, Saas business metrics and global expansion.

Maeve is a frequent contributor on online business trends. Including the Economist, RTE, Today FM, The Irish Times and numerous conferences and seminars.

Maeve has worked with a wide range of sectors including government, SaaS, telcos, pharma, retail, tourism, food and agriculture, manufacturing, mobile, telco, and IT.

Specialties: Digital strategy, sales acceleration, SaaS metrics, digital sales and marketing strategy, revenue conversions and lead generation, digital content and KPI’s


Donal Rice


DONAL RICE SENIOR DESIGN ADVISOR, ICT CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE UNIVERSAL DESIGN AT NATIONAL DISABILITY AUTHORITY OF IRELAND

Dónal Rice is the senior design advisor on ICT for the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority.  In March 2018 he returned to the Centre from a secondment at the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

Dónal has worked on national and international standards, policy and education projects with the NDA, the European Commission, and UN agencies such as UNESCO and the ITU.  Dónal has been an evaluator of FP6, FP7 and more recently Horizon 2020 projects.

Dónal holds and MSc. In Computing Science and id currently completing an LLM by research in human rights and equality law.  Dónal is a part-time lecturer on disability law and policy with NUI Galway and on human rights and equality with the Institute of Public Administration.


Conall O Morain

Conall O'Morain


CONALL O’MORAIN FOUNDER CEO MEDIA GROUP, BROADCASTER, PODCASTER

Communications. Broadcast. Podcast. Rainmaker (finding opportunities) Chair Irish International Business Network. Presenter nationwide Today FM Sunday Business Show (2005-2018). RTE’s first Business Correspondent covering TV and radio creating their first dedicated business news service.
Board director Riada Stockbrokers, bought by ABN AMRO Bank. International equities broker. Director corporate PR team at one of Ireland’s largest PR firms.

Founder and CEO The Media Group (established 2001), covering PR, TV production, local newspapers and management of broadcast talent plus radio broadcasting. Next, podcasting.