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The shortlist for the IMAGE Businesswoman of the year awards 2018 has been announced this morning.

Newstalk is a proud partner of the event which is now entering its 12th year.

The awards aim to recognise and celebrate inspirational women across all areas of the Irish business world.

More than 400 women have been nominated across eight categories, with organisers saying competition proved stronger than ever this year.

The overall IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Award is not open for nominations - but will be chosen from nominations to the other categories or on the judges’ own recommendations.

“As the IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards enters its 12th year, it is becoming increasingly difficult to compile a shortlist from such an extensive line-up of significant individuals,” said Clodagh Edwards, CEO of IMAGE Publications.

“The women who made this shortlist are extraordinary, and real game-changers in business. Congratulations to all.”

The winners will be announced at an awards evening at the Clayton Hotel in Dublin on Monday, November 19th.

The full shortlist is available below:

Digital and Technology Businesswoman of the Year

  1. Anna O’Hare, Director of Content, Web Summit
  2. Caroline Dunlea, Co-founder, Core Optimisation Limited
  3. Galvea Kelly, Global Vice President of Digital Strategy, Benefit Cosmetics LVMH
  4. Jennifer Taaffe, CEO, iZest Marketing Group
  5. Jillian Godsil, CEO, Blocknubie
  6. Joanne Kearney, Managing Director, GlowMetrics
  7. Rachel O’Donnell, Managing Director, The UX Studio
  8. Emma Walker, Managing Director of Ireland, Wachsman
  9. Sheena Bailey, CEO and Louella Morton, Executive Director, TestReach
  10. Tanya Grimson, Founder and CEO, maven46
  11. Nicki Hoyne, Founder, My Shining Armour

Social Entrepreneur of the Year

  1. Clare Kelly, Sole Trader, Health Squad/Junior Lifesavers
  2. Jill O’Herlihy, Head of Fundraising and Communications, Mental Health Ireland
  3. Judith Gilsenan, Head of Communications and Fundraising, Debra Ireland
  4. Liz Waters, CEO, An Cosán VCC
  5. Margaret O'Rourke Doherty, Network Manager, Image Skillnet
  6. Mary Doherty, President, Down Syndrome Ireland
  7. Orla O’Connor, Director, National Women’s Council of Ireland
  8. Susan O’Dwyer, Chief Executive, Make-A-Wish Foundation
  9. Tammy Darcy, Founder and CEO, The Shona Project
  10. Ziva Newman, Head of Philanthropy and Fundraising, Central Remedial Clinic

 Young Businesswoman of the Year

  1. Ailbhe Garrihy, General Manager, Dublin Bay Cruises
  2. Ailbhe Keane, Founder and Creative Director, Izzy Wheels
  3. Aimee Connolly, Owner, Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Cosmetics Ltd
  4. Anita Murray, Managing Director, CACI Ireland
  5. Helena Ryan, Director and Founder, WellFest
  6. Jenny Connolly, Company Director, The Lo-Cal Kitchen
  7. Kate Verling, Managing Director, Mink Hand & Foot Spa
  8. Kelly Ging, CEO, Kelly Lou Cakes
  9. Lisa Quinlan, Owner/Director, The Rolling Donut and Wildflower Café Ratoath
  10. Pamela Laird, Founder, Moxi Loves Limited

 Creative Businesswoman of the Year

  1. Ann Chapman, Owner and Managing Director, Stonechat Jewellers
  2. Denise O’Connor, CEO, Optimise Design
  3. Fiona Heaney, Owner, Founder and Designer, Fee G
  4. Gillian Blaney Shorte, Art Director, Artzone
  5. Joeanna Caffrey, CEO and Owner, Joeanna Caffrey Flowers
  6. Lucy Nagle, Founder and Creative Director, Lucy Nagle
  7. Nora Twomey, Co-founder and Director, Cartoon Saloon
  8. Sharon Keegan, Founder and CEO, Peachy Lean
  9. Sonia Reynolds and Francie Duff, Co-founders, Stable of Ireland Design Limited
  10. Zoe Rocha, Executive Producer, LittleRock Pictures
  11. Niamh de Barra, Creative Director, The Interiors Project

Entrepreneur of the Year

  1. Alison Stroh, Director, Dr Coy’s Health Foods Ltd.
  2. Chupi Sweetman, Creative Director and Founder, Chupi
  3. Gillian Moore Brady, Managing Director, Fuschia Make-up
  4. Karen Clince, CEO, Tigers Childcare
  5. Kate Hyde, CEO, Glencove Web Industries
  6. Lorraine Heskin, Owner and Managing Director, Gourmet Food Parlour
  7. Mairead Mackle, Founder and CEO, Homecare Independent Living Enterprises
  8. Margie Burns, Managing Director, Aviation Selection Consultants and Aviation Coaching Alliance
  9. Marissa Carter, CEO and Founder, Carter Beauty Cosmetics and Cocoa Brown Tan
  10. Milena Jaksic Byrne, Managing Director, Platinum Pilates
  11. Sonia Deasy, Co-founder and CEO, Pestle & Mortar

 Management Professional of the Year

  1. Andrea Cawley, Commercial Director, Automatic Plastics Limited
  2. Colette McCann, Associate Director, Savills Commercial Ireland
  3. Emma Lacy, Chief Operations Officer and Head of Sales and Marketing, Horan Automation and Consulting
  4. Gemma Teeling, Deputy Managing Director, PHD Ireland
  5. Gina Laverty, Vice President European Finance, Global Payments
  6. Lisa Dillon, General Manager, EMEA Digital Sales, Microsoft Ireland  
  7. Louise Barry, Director, International Transaction Management, CBRE
  8. Lynne Coyle MW, Wine Director, O’Briens Wine
  9. Una Nolan, Head of Engineering and Operations, Airtel ATN Limited
  10. Dr Lorraine Byrne, Executive Director, Amber, the Advanced Materials Engineering Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin

   11. Dara Deering, Executive Director, Retail Banking, KBC Bank Ireland

 CEO of the Year

  1. Aisling Keegan, Vice President and General Manager, Dell EMC Ireland
  2. Amanda Roche-Kelly, Managing Director, Just Eat Ireland
  3. Breda Quigley, Managing Director, The Q Café Company
  4. Gretta Guiney, Managing Director, Michael Guiney Ltd
  5. Monica Matellano, Director, Eirespan Distribution Limited
  6. Mouna Prenty, CEO, Seetec Ireland
  7. Niamh McCarthy, Managing Director and CEO, Excursions Ireland
  8. Paula Rogers, Founder, Admiral Recruitment
  9. Sinéad Doherty, CEO, Fenero

 Start-up of the Year

  1. Fiona Uyema, CEO and Founder, Fused by Fiona Uyema Ltd
  2. Jennifer Rock, CEO and Founder, The Skin Nerd Ltd
  3. Johanna Harpur, Owner and Director, Jo Harpur Jewellery
  4. Kim O’Sullivan, Director, The Dublin Makeup Academy
  5. Laura Gannon, Owner, Cakeface
  6. Barbora Greplova & Terezie Holesinska, Directors of Staff, Electrina Limited
  7. Julie McLoughlin, Co-founder, JANDO
  8. Aoife Mullane, Luxury Textile Design, Aoife Millane Design
  9. Larissa Feeney, CEO, Accountant Online
  10. Aimée Madden, CEO and Founder Clinishift

Tickets are available here priced at €150* per person, €1,500* for a table of ten and €1,800* for a table of twelve.https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/image-businesswoman-of-the-year-awards-2018-tickets-48833744043

Book now at image.iebusiness@image.ie or call 01 271 9615.     


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