The 2016 Finalists

We are delighted to announce the 2016 finalists for the WMB Awards. As always the standard was incredibly high and the judges were humbled to read such inspiring applications. Congratulations to the shortlist and thank you to everyone who participated!


WMB Businesswoman Award 2016

Carmel Breheny, Marketing Manager, Marks & Spencer

Jill Downey, Director/Managing PartnerCore Media/Livewire

Evelyn O’Toole, CEO, CLS

April Adams-Redmond, Chief Marketing Officer, Kerry Foods

Vicki O’Toole, Managing Director, JJ O’Toole



WMB Female Entrepreneur Award 2016

Joanne Hession, Managing Director, The Entrepreneurs Academy

Ruth Monahan, Director and Creative Director, Appassionata Flowers

Bernadette Kinsella, CEO/Manging Director, We Deliver

Claire McHugh, CEO and Co-founder, Axonista

Alison Ritchie, Managing Director, Polar Ice Ltd

Margaret O’Connor, Managing Director, Quigleys Bakery



Newstalk WMB Social Entrepreneur Award 2016

Senator Frances Black, CEO and Founder, The Rise Foundation

Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O’Brien, Co-Founders, FoodCloud

Patricia Kennedy, Founder, Sticks & Stones

Liz Yeates, CEO, Marie Keating Foundation



FEXCO WMB Woman in Technology Award 2016

Fiona O’Brien, EMEA Business Transformation Director/Country Manager, Lenovo

Ciara Clancy, Founder and CEO, Beats Medical

Vanessa O’Mahony, Senior Director of EMEA Business Development Group, Oracle

Elaine Collins, Director of Innovation Technology and Strategic Programmes, Dell

Susan McKenna-Lawlor, Director/Owner, Space Technology Ireland Ltd

Amanda Roche-Kelly, Managing Director, JUST EAT Ireland



Boots WMB Empowering Women Award 2016

Deirdre Waldron, President, Network Ireland

Mary Carty, Co-founder, Outbox Incubator

Natalie Walsh, Programme Manager, Blackstone LaunchPad NUI Galway

Liz Grace, Partner and Director of Communications Strategy, Matheson

Ann O’Dea, CEO, Silicon Republic

Christine Barrett, Director for Consumer Support EMEA, Microsoft Ireland



Sodexo WMB Female Newcomer Award 2016

Yvonne Brady, Founder and Managing Director, EVB Sport

Edel Browne, CEO, Free Feet Medical

Elizabeth Fulham, CEO, SalesOptimize

Dr. Patricia Scanlon, Founder and CEO, Soapbox Labs

Elaine Cohalan, Co-founder, The Dublin Cookie Company

Mary O’Brien, CEO, VideoDoc


Read our Q&As with the WMB Awards finalists on our homepage!