Judge-Mentors

A message from Kieran F.Ring - CEO, Global Institute of Logistics, Deputy Chair of the Adjudication Panel

"The All-Star Accreditation empowers Irish businesses to distinguish themselves as enterprises of excellence and as a result sets them apart from their competitors, giving customers, vendors and employees alike the reassurance that the company they are associated with has met and exceeded the highest standard, All-Star."

Advisory Panel


The Foundation is led by an advisory board made up of a panel of respected and experienced leaders from industry and academics.

The independent adjudication panel is chaired by Dr Briga Hynes, of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick and Kieran F. Ring, CEO of the Global Institute. The Chairs are supported by a panel of industry experts who volunteer a significant amount of their time to facilitate the judging process and provide entrants with feedback. The appointment of judge-mentor is made by the Foundation Program Directors and Chair of Judges.

A special thanks to our mentors, adjudicators, advisors and subject matter experts who have played an instrumental part in the development of the All-Ireland Business Foundation. Your guidance, contribution towards our activities and support has been invaluable.

Dr.Briga Hynes

Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick


Kieran F. Ring

CEO, Global Institute of Logistics


Kapil Khanna

Programme Director, All-Ireland Business Foundation


Elaine Carroll

Programme Director, All-Ireland Business Foundation



Pat Breen

Minister for Small Business (2016-2020)


Mairead McGuinness MEP

Vice-President, European Parliament


Mary Mitchell O'Connor

Minister of State for Higher Education 2017-2020


Frances Fitzgerald MEP

Member of ECON and FEMM | Former Tánaiste & Minister



Bobby Kerr

Entrepreneur and Broadcaster


Ivan Yates

Broadcaster, Businessman & Former Minister


Pádraig Ó Céidigh

Entrepreneur, Former Senator, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship


Rob Warnock

Head of Business AIB Direct Banking



Siobhan O'Connor

Managing Director, Codex Office Solutions


Michael Dawson

CEO, One4all Rewards


Damien McCann

Director of Sales and Marketing, Viatel


Michael O'Dea

Enterprise Ireland


Neil Pakey

Chair of The Regional and Business Airports Group


Michelle O'Conor

Inspiring Executives


Stephen Brewer

Managing Director, Magnet Networks


Justin Caffrey

CEO, Justin Caffey Global Ltd


Bryan Maybury

CEO and founder, Biblio Consultants


Gavin Duffy

Serial entrepreneur, Dragon's Den Investor & Leadership Coach


Liam Hegarty

Partner, Maguire Hegarty LLC Glenside


Austin Sammon

Partner, Mazars


John Madigan

Head of Products, SBCI


Bobby Kerr

CEO, Insomnia


Susan Barrett

CEO, Select Ireland


John McSweeney

Project Manager, Small Business Advice



Hugh Finlay

Director, Capital Marketing


Paul Fagan

MD, ActionCOACH


Peter Casey

Executive Chairman, Claddagh Resources


OOnagh McCutcheon

National Director .IE Digital Town Programme, .IE


Fintan Walshe

Director, KPMG Ireland


Ann Ellis

CEO & Co-Founder, Mauve Group


Tony Hanway

CEO, Virgin Media Business


The All-Star Accreditation empowers Irish businesses & sets them apart from their competitors, giving customers, vendors and employees alike the reassurance that the company they are associated with has met and exceeded the highest standard.

Dr. Briga Hynes
Kemmy Business School,
University of Limerick

The AIBF is privileged to showcase and acknowledge the diverse talent and tremendous determination and success that exists amongst Irish SMEs.





Frances Fitzgerald MEP
Member of ECON and FEMM
Former Tánaiste & Minister

I am very proud of all the accredited businesses, their commitment to quality, as evidenced by gaining these coveted All-Ireland Business Accreditations will enable Irish SMEs to grow.



Mairead McGuinness MEP
Vice-President,
European Parliament

The AIBF network facilitates indigenous Irish companies, which have attained their independent quality mark, to meet to discuss ideas.





Pat Breen
Minister for Small Business
(2016-2020)


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