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Image Businesswoman of the Year 2015 shortlist revealed

Published 30/09/2015 | 10:21

Three members of the judging panel for the 2015 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards: (Left to right) Laura George, Chair of IMAGE Publications, Bobby Kerr, Entrepreneur and presenter of Down To Business, Newstalk and Lucy Gaffney, Chair of Communicorp
Photo: Kieran Harnett
Three members of the judging panel for the 2015 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards: (Left to right) Laura George, Chair of IMAGE Publications, Bobby Kerr, Entrepreneur and presenter of Down To Business, Newstalk and Lucy Gaffney, Chair of Communicorp Photo: Kieran Harnett
Marian O’Gorman, CEO, The Kilkenny Group, named Overall Businesswoman of the Year 2014 at The IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2014: Photo Kieran Harnett

REPRESENTATIVES from Dell, Pernod Ricard, Just Eat and Oracle have all been included on IMAGE Publications shortlist for businesswoman of the year.

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Now in its ninth year, the IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year awards aims to recognise and celebrate inspirational women across all areas of the Irish business world.

The overall IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year is not open for nominations, but will be chosen by those nominated in the nine categories or on the judges’ own recommendations.

IMAGE received 350 entries for competition and has narrowed it down to 81 across nine categories.

The shortlisted candidates cover a range of categories including start-ups, entrepreneurship and digital as well as creative and young businesswoman.

IMAGE is giving people the chance to meet the ultimate winners at the Businesswoman of the Year Awards which is being held in the DoubleTree by Hilton on Dublin's Burlington Road on November 2.

The awards are sponsored by Samsung, Electric Ireland, No 7 and Kuehne + Nagel, and supported by Newstalk, Enterprise Ireland, and Marks & Spencer.

The overall winner last year was Marian O'Gorman of the Kilkenny Group.

Tickets are €125 per person and can be booked by visiting


1.  Linda Nolan, managing director, MyBio

2.  Siobhan McSharry, managing director, McSharry Foley Insurance and

3. Kira Walton, co-founder, VOYA

4. Deirdre McGlone, proprietor, Harvey’s Point Hotel

5.Sallyanne Clarke, co-owner, L’Ecrivain

6. Sara Mitchell, co-owner, Poulet Bonne Femme

7.  Caroline McEnery, managing director, The HR Suite

8.  Monica Matellano, managing director, Eirespan

9.  Denise Bell, CEO, Bell Lane Coffee


Management Professional

1. Niamh Townsend, general manager, Dell

2. Maria Smith, global assistant corporate controller, Oracle

3. Mary Hensey, manager, Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre

4.  Gillian French, chief people officer, CarTrawler

5. Fiona Flannery, CEO, DEPFA Bank plc

6. Avril Clare, property recruitment specialist, Recruitment Plus

7. Ann-Marie Holmes, Fab 24 factory manager, Intel

8. Brenda O’Sullivan, regional director, Oxendales

9. Fiona Egan, managing director, head of corporate banking, Rabobank

10.Elaine Carey, CCO, Three Ireland

11. Orla Moran, head of EMEA sales, New Relic



1. Sarah O’Connor and Isolde Johnson, co-founders, Cool Beans

2.  Sinead Duffy, founder and creative director, Yogandha Ltd

3. Catherine Buggy, director and shareholder, Boutique Bake

4. Bernadette Kinsella, CEO,

5. Ciara Donlon, CEO, THEYA

6. Julianne Brogan and Lydia O’Connor, directors, Blacksheep Foods

7.  Niamh Hogan, owner and creator, Holos Skincare

8. Emma Buckley, director of nutrition, Gourmet Fuel

9. Jennie McGinn, CEO, Opsh


Creative Industry

1.  Lorna Farrelly and Elizabeth Farrelly, creative directors, The Brow Artist

2. Mary Hawkes Greene, president and CEO, Burren College of Art

3.  Libby Murray, owner, Elysian Brows

4.  Avril Stanley, CEO, festival director and creative director, Body & Soul

5.  Katherine Sweeney, managing director and founder, PREEN Hair & Beauty

6.   Lucy Nagle, fashion designer and brand founder, Lucy Nagle Designs Ltd

7. Sonya Lennon, founder and CEO, Frock Advisor, Lennon Courtney, Dress for Success

8.  Danielle Ryan, CEO, ROADS Group

9.  Ann Chapman, owner, Stonechat Jewellers

10.  Aiveen Daly, director and owner, Aiveen Daly Ltd

11.  Bébhinn Flood, founder and managing director, The Design House

12.  Anna Keely, principal and managing director, Bronwyn Conroy Beauty School


Social Entrepreneurship

1.  Mary Doherty, president, Down Syndrome Ireland

2.  Karla Healion, director, Feminist Film Festival

3.  Michelle O’Donnell Keating and Niamh Gallagher, co-founders, Women for Election

4. Suzanne O’Connell, founder and CEO, Outreach Moldova

5. Marian Carroll, volunteer CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities Ireland

6. Mary Carty, co-founder, Outbox Incubator, STEMettes

7.  Adi Roche, CEO, Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International

8.  Jennifer Ryan, CEO, MyLife Solutions


Young Businesswoman

1.  Katie Gilroy, managing director, Urbun Café

2. Jane Swarbrigg, managing director, Inglot Cosmetics Ireland

3. Laura Murphy, founder, SynerChi Kombucha

4. Elizabeth Fingleton, CEO, Obeo

5. Zoë Rocha, managing director and producer, LittleRock Pictures

6. Kate Verling, managing director, Mink Hand & Foot Spa

7. Chloe Harris, CEO, Foodie

8. Anita Murray, company director, Pink Beauty Group

9. Zara Flynn, managing director, Guns or Knives

10 .Chupi Sweetman-Durney, creative director, Chupi Jewellery

11.  Ellen Kavanagh, owner and creator, Waxperts


Overseas Irish Businesswoman of the Year

1. Dr Jeanne Bolger, vice-president of investment ventures, Johnson & Johnson

2. Anne Butterly, CEO and founder, Easydry

3. Kathleen Mitchell, vice-president and managing director Europe, Stella & Dot

4. Denise Tormey, president and co-founder, PlanNet21 Communications

5. Alyson Hogg, founder and CEO, Vita Liberata Ltd

6.  Galvea Kelly, global assistant vice-president, L’Oréal

7. Eimear Noone, composer and conductor, Twelve O’Clock Arts



1. Sandra McKenna, co-founder, Sheology Digital

2. Áine Behan, CEO, Cortechs

3. Niamh Bushnell, Dublin Commissioner for Startups

4. Maryrose Lyons, founder, Brightspark Consulting

5. Anna Scally, partner and head of technology, media and telecoms practice, KPMG

6.  Elva Carri, founder, GirlCrew


1. Sandra Daly, CEO, Mercy University Hospital, Cork

2. Anna Malmhake, CEO, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard

3. Karen Hennessy, CEO, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and Irish Design 2015

4. Anne Heraty, CEO, Cpl Resources plc

5. Sinéad Doherty, CEO, Fenero

6. Amanda Roche-Kelly, managing director, Just Eat

7. Grace O’Shaughnessy, managing director, Java Republic

8. Catherine Heany, managing director, DHR Communications

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