Here's the shortlist for the IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards

The awards recognise inspirational and outstanding businesswomen across Ireland

The shortlist has been announced for the IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2016, sponsored by Samsung, eir, Enterprise Ireland and No 7 and proudly supported by Newstalk, and Marks & Spencer.

Now in its tenth 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 from nominations to the other categories, or on the judges’ own recommendations.

Clodagh Edwards, CEO of Image Publications, said: "Compiling the shortlist this year was a huge challenge. With 394 individual entries - our largest number ever - competition proved stronger than ever for places.

"It took a lot of deliberation, and the women who made this shortlist are truly inspirational, and very fitting for our special anniversary Awards."

The nominees across the nine categories are:


  1. Laragh Strahan, director, Lolly and Cooks
  2. Alison Banton, founder and CEO, Brooke & Shoals
  3. Noelle McCarthy, managing director, Blow
  4. Lorraine Heskin, managing director, Gourmet Food Parlour
  5. Linda Kiely, co-founder and director, Voxpro
  6. Oonagh O’Hagan, founder and managing director, Meaghers Pharmacy Group
  7. Martina Craine and Suzanne Browne, co-founders, Clevamama
  8. Anne Butterly, CEO, Easydry
  9. Mary McKenna, managing director, Tour America
  10. Linda Ennis, managing director, Beauty Academy
  11. Ollwyn Moran, CEO and founder, COGNIKIDS
  12. Ellen Kavanagh Jones, founder and CEO, Waxperts

Management Professional

  1. Tanya Day, director, Oriflame Research & Development Ltd
  2. Natalie McGuinness, director of strategy and business development, Mason Hayes & Curran
  3. Kay Connolly, chief operating officer, St Vincent’s University Hospital
  4. Evelyn Harrington, director and trade services manager, Irish Arab Chamber of Commerce
  5. Aisling Blake, managing director, Radical, Core Media Group
  6. Dr Mary Jones, medical director, Orwell Healthcare
  7. Julie Strang, country manager, Benefit Cosmetics Ireland Ltd
  8. Julie Fenton, fraud investigation and dispute partner, EY
  9. Niamh Hall, partner, FR Kelly
  10. Debbie Hogan, group operations director, CMG Events
  11. Marie Hunt, executive director and head of research, CBRE Ireland
  12. Petra Lelovska, technical support manager, New Relic 


  1. Kathryn Thomas, founder and director, Pure Results Bootcamp Ltd
  2. Emma Buckley, director of nutrition, Gourmet Fuel Ltd
  3. Nicki Hoyne, founder, My Shining Armour
  4. Moira Ni Ghallachóir, founder and CEO, mng
  5. Kasia Connolly, director, Hazel Mountain Chocolate
  6. Niamh Hogan, creator and CEO, Holos Skincare
  7. Niamh Sterling, director, Lynch Interact
  8. Tracey Jane Cassidy, founder and director, Junior Einsteins Science Club

Creative Industry

  1. Debbie O’Donnell, series producer, Xposé, TV3
  2. Charlotte Temple, sales and marketing director, Magee 1866
  3. Suzie Mc Adam, owner, Suzie Mc Adam Design
  4. Lorraine Maye, executive director, Cork Midsummer Festival
  5. Margaret O’Rourke, director and owner, MoMuse
  6. Joeanna Caffrey, director and owner, Joeanna Caffrey Flowers
  7. Julie Danz, creative director and partner, Juvi Designs
  8. Virginie Vuillaume, managing director, V Claire Beauty Products
  9. Fiona Heaney, creative director, Fee G Ltd
  10. Ella DeGuzman, CEO, Siopaella
  11. Chloe Townsend, director, Willow & Clo
  12. Susan Broe, co-founder and producer, Wiggleywoo Ltd

Social Entrepreneurship

  1. Stephanie Manahan, chief executive, Central Remedial Clinic
  2. Suzanne Roche, CEO, Limerick’s Gateway to Education
  3. Joanna Sweeney, lecturer, Institute of Technology Sligo
  4. Sam Synnott, CEO, Life Matters
  5. Carla Piera FitzGerald, brand and communications manager, Siel Bleu Ireland
  6. Marian Carroll, volunteer CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charity
  7. Moira Geary, director, Mind Experts Academy

Young Businesswoman

  1. Chloe Harris, owner, Foodie Café
  2. Ali Delaney, founder and designer, Custom Vintage
  3. Catherine Buggy, founder, Boutique Bake
  4. Katie McGlade, director, Therapie Clinic
  5. Danielle Kennedy, group managing director, Lloyds Hair
  6. Pippa O’Connor, founder,
  7. Anita Murray, director, Pink Beauty Group
  8. Rebecca Bourke, managing director, Assembly
  9. Zara Flynn, managing director, Guns or Knives
  10. Marissa Carter, founder and CEO, Cocoa Brown
  11. Ruth Martin-Hetherington, CEO, Miss Fit Life
  12. Clodagh Collins, director, Apple House Childcare
  13. Jane Swarbrigg, director, Inglot Cosmetics Limited
  14. Adele McKeown, director, Macfar Property Management


  1. Galvea Kelly, senior director digital, content and social strategy, Chobani
  2. Lisa Murray, founder and CEO, The Atlas Club/QA Jet
  3. Eileen Donoghue, marketing director, Sönd
  4. Zoe Rocha, co-founder, LittleRock Pictures
  5. Fiona Dawson, global president, Mars Food

Digital, Science and Technology  

  1. Fiona O’Brien, director, Lenovo
  2. Áine Lyons, director, VMware
  3. Louise Grubb, founder and CEO, Q1 Scientific
  4. Jules Mahon, editor,
  5. Yvonne Brady, founder and CEO, EVB Sport
  6. Majella Mungovan, EMEA financial operations director, Facebook
  7. Julie Spillane, director, Accenture
  8. Jean Roberts, owner, Ildana Training & Consultancy
  9. Áine Behan, founder and CEO, Cortechs Connect
  10. Dr Gemma Robinson, managing director, Acorn Regulatory


  1. Pamela Quinn, managing director, Kuehne + Nagel
  2. Niamh McCarthy, managing director, Excursions Ireland
  3. Georgina Quigley, CEO, ACB Roofing Ltd
  4. Margot Slattery, managing director, Sodexo Ireland
  5. Anne Marie Curran, managing director, Drury Porter Novelli
  6. Fionnuala Ardee, CEO, Kilruddery Estate Enterprises
  7. Amanda Roche-Kelly, managing director, Just-Eat Group
  8. Niamh Townsend, general manager, Dell EMC Ireland
  9. Mouna Kenzaoui Prenty, CEO, Seetec Ireland
  10. 10.Ann McGee, managing director, McGee Pharma International 

The winners will be announced at the IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2016 at a gala dinner, on Monday, November 21, at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel.

Tickets, €135* per person, €1,350* for a table of ten and €1,620* for a table of twelve. Book now at, or call 01 271 9687.

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