Judging Panel

We are delighted to announce the 2018 judging panel.  Our judges will be considering nominations in early September at which time the shortlist will be announced.  Those shortlisted will be contacted at that time.  The final winner in each Award Category will be announced at our annual Awards on October 8th.



Brenda is Head of Business Care in Three Ireland. Working with a team of 120 staff, she is primarily based in Three’s Customer Care Centre in the National Technology Park in Limerick.

Brenda has worked in Three for over eight years and prior to this worked for 02 for six years. She is responsible for the overall strategy to build and provide best in class customer service for Three’s Business Customers. Her team support business accounts which include the following markets: Enterprise, SME, Soho and ICT. Technical Service Desk and Web chat. Brenda puts a lot of time into people development and believes strongly that it always pays off. Brenda started her career in Dell where she held both sales and management roles. Brenda holds an MBA from Henley Business School.




Tara is a Partner and Head of Matheson’s Asset Management Department which continues to be ranked as the number one funds law practice in Ireland. In parallel with the sustained growth that Ireland’s funds industry continues to experience, Matheson’s Asset Management Department is ranked Ireland’s leading funds practice by assets under management for the seventh year in a row. Matheson acts for in excess of 29% of Irish domiciled investment funds by assets under management as at 30 June 2017.

Tara is a former Chair of the Irish Funds Industry Association and was named Europe’s Best in Investment Funds in 2017 and 2016 by Euromoney at the Women in Business Law Awards. She has been highly commended by a number of leading industry directories, including the European Legal 500 and Chambers Global & Europe. Ms Doyle advises many of the world’s leading financial institutions, investment banks and asset management companies with operations in Ireland.

Tara also serves on the 30% Club Steering Council in Ireland, and is the Matheson representative on the 30% Club Professional Services Firm working group. The 30% Club promotes female participation on boards. Diversity is a strategic priority for Matheson and Tara is a member of Matheson’s diversity steering group. Tara was named as one of the 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds in 2017 by The Hedge Fund Journal, the only Irish-based professional to make the list.




Patricia Monahan has worked for Newstalk 106-108fm for 16 years, joining shortly after the station launched as a Dublin only service in 2002. Initially working as a researcher on Lunchtime with Damien Kiberd she quickly progressed to the role of producer on the Lunchtime News programme.

From there she went on to produce a number of key programmes across the schedule and was centrally involved in the station’s national launch in September 2006. She became Deputy Editor at the station in May 2010 and has since taken the lead on a variety of major projects at the station including the launch of The Pat Kenny Show in September 2013 and the station’s new schedule in September 2016. She was appointed Programme Director at the station in May 2015 and made Managing Editor in April 2017.

Originally from Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan, Patricia has a BA in English and History from Trinity College Dublin and an MA in Journalism from Dublin City University. She lives in Dublin with her husband and three daughters.




Margot has appeared on the OUTstanding/Financial Times’ list of Top 100 LGBT Business Leaders for three years running.

In 2017, for her work in supporting diversity and inclusion and women in business, she was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the French Ambassador to Ireland. She was named FM Leader of the Year at the 2018 Facilities Management Awards.

Outside Sodexo, Margot’s board memberships include the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Business in the Community Ireland and Out and Equal Workplace Advocates. She is chair of the OUTstanding Ireland Steering Committee.




Martha holds a key role within the leadership team of Boots Ireland which employs over 2,000 employees. She is passionate about the role of HR and believes that HR is central to the achievement of a successful business. In her time with Boots, Martha has been instrumental in developing the HR function within Boots.

An advocate for the role of Boots in the community, Martha has a strong focus on care for colleagues, communities and customers.




Rosemary Delaney has worked in the publishing industry for over two decades. She represented Magazines on the Press Council of Ireland and was previously Chairperson of the industry body, Magazines Ireland.

In 2006, having reached the top tier in her industry, Rosemary took a leap of faith and launched WMB Publishing and the platform WomenMeanBusiness.com. The website is targeted at female entrepreneurs and businesswomen. WMB hosts the very successful annual WMB Conference & Awards, which celebrates the best female talent in the country. WMB, which is 12 years in business, also provides publishing consultancy to a number of blue chip clients.

In 2012, Rosemary’s first book was published by Orpen Press: Women Mean Business – One Woman’s Journey into Entrepreneurship. In 2014, she was appointed to the Board of InterTradeIreland for four years.