Judging Panel

Dave A. Barry, Chartered FCIPD sits on the judging panel with a special focus on the Best Employer categories. Dave is an established organizational management consultant with over twenty years of experience. Dave is founding director of Conexion.ie.

Jennifer Liston-Smith is Head of Coaching, Consultancy & Thought Leadership with Bright Horizons Work+Family Solutions and comes to the judging panel with a wealth of experience working in large organisations and in providing leadership coaching programmes and coaching supervision. A business psychologist, Jennifer pioneered parental leave coaching in the UK and her team has coached thousands of working parents, carers and their line managers around the world to better enable Work+Family to work in harmony.

Best in Services & Practices and Products & Design Judges

Deirdre O’Shaughnessy is Journalist & Editor at Corks 96 FM previously worked as Editor for the Cork Independent. Deirdre writes opinion pieces for the Herald and Evening Echo. She also appears regularly on RTE Today with Maura and Daithi. Deirdre is well connected to the modern culture of parenting and motherhood and writes popular and engaging pieces around these subjects.

Úna Maguire is an expert in the area of Family Friendly Ireland – Una comes to the panel with a keen interest around the service side of Family Friendliness. Úna is the creator and Founder of the popular Eat Play Change App which acts as a mapping service to direct parents and carers to where they can bring their children to eat, change or play.