Judges for the BIM Awards 2016

We are delighted to announce the following ten members of the judging panel for the BIM Awards 2016.  The judging panel for the inaugural Awards bring together a wealth of experience and expertise across the key areas of sustainability, innovation, competitiveness as well as the food and seafood sectors.

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Conor Molloy, Independent Energy Advisor.

Conor Molloy is an independent energy advisor with an MSc in Energy Management and Renewable energy from University of Ulster, he is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Measurement & Verification professional (CMVP) and trainer for ISO50001. 

In recent times, he has been invited to speak at the IEA in Paris and EI in the City of London, worked with BIM to help fish processors reduce transport costs, trained over 100 ESOS Lead Assessors in Transport Energy Auditing, and contributed to ISO50004.

Since 2005, Conor’s has been helping business save fuel and manage their energy usage for profit and reduced emissions.  He is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, CILT, FTAI, IMCA and EVO and is a registered lead ESOS assessor (UK) and energy auditor (Ireland).

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Finian O'Luasa, European Seafood Manager, Bord Bia.

Finnian O'Luasa is the European Seafood manager for Bord Bia. He is based in France since 1990 which is Ireland’s leading export market. Finnian has over twenty five years’ experience in seafood marketing and trade in both the public and private sectors. A native of Bantry, Co Cork, he has always had a deep passion for seafood.

He holds a Master’s degree in marketing from the HEC school of management in Paris and a Diploma in Aquatic sciences from GMIT, Galway.

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Paul Connolly, Director Fisheries Ecosystems Advisory Services (FEAS), Marine Institute

Paul Connolly completed a PhD in marine fisheries ecology at University College Dublin, and spent two years in London as a trainee Tax Inspector. He returned to Ireland where he took up a position with the Marine Institute working on fish stock assessment and advice for demersal fisheries, principally cod, haddock and whiting.

He was appointed Director of Fisheries Ecosystems Advisory Services in 2000 and since then has developed a broad scientific team engaged in data collection, research vessel surveys, assessment, advice, development of management plans, environmental impacts of fisheries, stakeholder’s engagement and research programmes that address ecosystem considerations in fisheries management.  

Paul was elected President of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) from 2013 to 2015. ICES are an intergovernmental scientific organisation with 20 Members Countries around the North Atlantic. ICES deliver impartial scientific advice on a range of marine issues, including fisheries. 

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Eamon McEvoy, Fresh Food Buyer, Dunnes Stores

Eamon McEvoy is a Fresh Food Buyer with Dunnes Stores, responsible for seafood and fresh protein.  He has been a seafood buyer for over six years and a fresh food buyer for 10 years.  Previously he held roles as Fresh Food Operations Manager and has 15 years’ experience with Dunnes Stores.

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Joe O'Flynn, Senior Partner, AgriFood Business

Holding a M.Sc. (Food Technology) and a Diploma in Chemical Technology, Joe has 40 years’ experience in the food and dairy industry, including 24 years at Senior Executive level with the Irish Dairy Board having responsibility across a range of functional disciplines. He has served on various National food industry bodies. Joe was the inaugural Chairman of Moorepark Technology Ltd a collaborative State / Industry pre- commercial research facility. He serves on the Consumer Foods Subsidiary board of Bord Bia, (Irish Food Board).

He is a former member of the Teagasc Industry Advisory Committee on Dairy Processing, the Advisory Council to the National Foods Centre, as well as the Enterprise Ireland National Functional Foods Forum. He has extensive, in-depth International expertise regarding leadership of large scale global business, strategic development, International brand marketing management, innovation/product development, commercialisation and sales.

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Maedbh Seoige

Meadbh Seoighe joined Údarás na Gaeltachta over six years ago and works as an Enterprise Executive in the Enterprise & Employment section of the organisation. Within Údarás na Gaeltachta, her portfolio of companies includes seafood, aquaculture and food enterprises. She works with a wide range of companies, from large seafood processing companies to start ups exploring new food initiatives.  She works with clients to establish the most suitable supports tailored around each company’s business plan. She works closely with BIM on a number of their enterprise support initiatives.

A graduate of NUI Galway with B. Comm and MBA, prior to joining Údarás na Gaeltachta, Meadbh worked in the television and film sector and as an independent marketing consultant.

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Elaine Smith, Protein Specialist, Musgrave Operating Partners

Elaine Smith is a meat and seafood specialist buyer for Supervalu, Musgrave Operating Partners Ireland.  She is currently rolling out strategies to their stores focusing on the fresh food credentials of Supervalu, through training colleagues on seafood skills and focusing on ranges that will deliver the freshest high quality fish to customers.

Previously Elaine was a seafood buyer for Superquinn, introducing exciting new ranges and concepts to customers such as ‘1,2,3 Fish made Easy’, ’fish for 1’ and fish and wine sales making eating fish more accessible to customers.

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John McCarthy, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland

John McCarthy is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, specialising in corporate finance and business planning. He has a Masters in Political Science from UCC.  John has many decades of experience engaging with and as a member of various boards of directors, in both executive and non-executive director roles and also as chairman in the not for profit sector. John spent 30 years with the accountancy firm Ernst & Young before joining SWS Group as a Director in the SWS Corporate Services Division. He has significant experience in providing services to the food/agri sector.  

He was part of the successful management team that diversified and grew the SWS Group prior to its sale in 2006. Since leaving SWS he has provided services to young and emerging companies and has been a mentor on the UCC Ignite programme and was a visiting lecturer on Entrepreneurship in UCC. In recent years he has provided strategic advice on a number of projects in the Fishing Sector. Currently he is a non-executive director in a number of Irish and international companies including Celtic Consortium Ltd and its French associated companies.

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Felix McKendry, Senior Food Development Advisor, Enterprise Ireland

Felix is responsible for the Seafood, Confectionery, Horticulture and Peat sectors in Enterprise Ireland.  Until recently he managed the agency's share portfolio.  Prior to this he worked for IDA Ireland in a range of roles including its Far East Unit, Small Industries Division, Engineering, Food Division and Planning Division.  He has wide experience of company and sectoral development and re-structuring.

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Gillian Mills, Editor, Inshore Ireland

Gillian has over twenty years’ experience in the marine and maritime sectors, starting as a reporter with the Irish Skipper fishing industry newspaper, progressing to editor in 1999.

Co-founder of Inshore Ireland Publishing Limited (2005) which provides research, compilation, editing and production services of articles, reports and publications specialising in the marine, maritime seafood and freshwater sectors.

Gillian is editor of Inshore Ireland, a quarterly magazine and real-time website www.inshore-ireland.com.

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