Saturday 18 November 2017

Revealed: Ireland's most inspirational women

Sonya Lennon as been nominated for her Social Entrepreneurship
Sonya Lennon as been nominated for her Social Entrepreneurship
Designer Joanne Hynes is nominated in the Creative industry sector
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

The shortlist for the annual Image Businesswoman of the Year Awards has been announced.

And it features all the glamorous guests as expected.

The awards are in their seventh years and feature a variety of successful women across industries, including fashion, media, health and business and is being proudly supported by

Featured on this year's shortlist is stylist and philanthropist Sonya Lennon, Ramona Nicholas, CEO of Cara Pharmacy Group and Dragon's Den star, Cocoa Brown founder Marissa Carter, designer Joanne Hynes and Natalie B Coleman.

According to the magazine, "the awards aim to recognise and celebrate inspirational women in the Irish business world".

"Each nomination is subject to a rigorous judging process with judges drawn from the worlds of business, finance, media and academia, meaning that the shortlisted nominees truly are at the top of their fields."



1. Linda Kiely, co-founder, Voxpro

2. Maeve Kneafsey, CEO and managing director, Elucidate

3. Sally Murtagh, founder and managing director, Irish HomeCare

4. Mary McKenna, managing director, Tour America

5. Ramona Nicholas, CEO, Cara Pharmacy Group

6. Jane Swarbrigg, brand manager, Lolly and Cooks

7. Laragh Strahan, managing director, Lolly and Cooks


Management Professional

1. Margot Slattery, director, Sodexo

2. Oonagh O’Hagan, managing director, Meaghers Pharmacy Group

3. Mary Considine, managing director, Shannon Airport Authority

4. Caroline Keeling, CEO, Keelings

5. Aileesh Carew, general manager, Ballyfin Demesne

6. Miriam Hughes, CEO, DDFH & B Group

7. Carolan Lennon, managing director, Eircom Wholesale

8. Cathriona Hallahan, managing director, Microsoft Ireland



1. Angela Carney, owner, Harvest Moon Foods

2. Sandra Walsh, CEO, designer and innovator, Canopi Creative Ltd

3. Ellen Kavanagh, creator, Waxperts Wax

4. Marissa Carter, founder and creative director, Cocoa Brown

5. Tracey Ryan, founder and chief technical officer, Bia Beauty Skincare Ltd

6. Ruth & Mary Hussey, directors, Pure Products Ltd

7. Leonora O’Brien, CEO, Pharmapod Ltd

8. Edel Cooney, managing director, Simplee


Creative Industry

1. Alison Banton, CEO and creative director, Brooke & Shoals Fragrances/Retail

2. Joanna Sloan, founder and creative director, Old Rectory Ltd

3. Elaine Curtis, owner, Elaine Curtis

4. Niamh Sharkey, Laureate na nÓg; creator and executive producer, Henry Hugglemonster; Author, I’m a Happy Hugglewug

5. Joanne Hynes, designer, Joanne Hynes Ltd

6. Natalie Coleman, owner, NATALIEBCOLEMAN

7. Pearl Collins & Sheena McDonald Murray, co-owners and creative directors, Pearl & Godiva

8. Aoife Horgan, director, The PR Boutique

9. Ciara McKenna & Kim Knowles, directors, Coldlilies Ltd


Social Entrepreneurship

1. Lucy Masterson, founder, Hireland

2. Linda Keating, director of fundraising, The Marie Keating Foundation

3. Mary O’Kennedy, director, O’Kennedy Consulting

4. Fiona McKeon, CEO, Bizworld Ireland

5. Kathleen O’Meara, head of advocacy and communications, Irish Cancer Society; Board Member, Fundraising Ireland

6. Sonya Lennon, founder, Onn Platform Ltd; Founder and CEO, Frockadvisor Ltd; Founder and CEO, Dress for Success Ltd

7. Kate Coleman, founder, chairperson and CEO, Right to Sight

8. Lisa Domican, owner, Grace App Communication


Young Businesswoman

1. Heidi Higgins, designer and owner, Heidi Higgins

2. Chupi Sweetman-Pell, founder, Chupi

3. Katie Jane Goldin, managing director, Great Lengths Ireland



1. Brema Drohan, managing director, Nespresso UK & Ireland

2. Maeve McMahon, commercial marketing director, GE Capital

3. Sinead El Sibai, marketing vice president, Dubai Duty Free


The ultimate winners in each category will be announced at a gala evening event at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Tuesday, November 26.

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