CIO & IT Leaders Award 2024 Judging Panel

An independent panel of recognised and expert CIO & IT leaders will determine the winners of the CIO & IT Leaders Awards 2024.
The CIO & IT Leaders Awards 2024 will aim to deliver a balanced judging assessment from industry leaders who will bring their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the judging process. This will ensure that the winning entries are truly outstanding and worthy of receiving a CIO & IT Leaders Award.
The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards judging process is fair and objective.

Lucy Hayes

Lucy Hayes

Secretary General (Acting), Irish Computer Society

As Acting Secretary General of the Irish Computer Society, Lucy is responsible for the strategy and development of the representative body for ICT professionals and technologists in Ireland.
Siobhain Duggan

Siobhain Duggan

Director of Innovation & Healthcare, GS1 Ireland

Siobhain is the Director for Innovation and Healthcare at GS1 Ireland. Siobhain has been leading the healthcare strategy for GS1 Ireland since 2010. She brings a wealth of international supply chain experience to her role in GS1 Ireland as well as a passion for patient safety in healthcare. Prior to joining GS1 Ireland, Siobhain worked abroad in Germany and Switzerland in a variety of business development, supply chain and product marketing roles in BMW for one year and subsequently in Compaq Computer and Hewlett Packard for 11 years. Siobhain holds an MSc in Leadership and Management Practice from UCD Smurfit School of Business and a Bachelors degree in International Commerce and German from University College Dublin and she has completed all of her ACCA accounting exams. Siobhain has completed her Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction, part of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Chartered Director Programme. She is also an Executive member of the Health Informatics Society of Ireland (HISI).
Clare Harney

Clare Harney

Principal Consultant, Santegic Health

CIO of the Year 2023 recipient (non profit) and Fellow of the Irish Computer Society, (ICS), Clare is currently Principal Consultant with Santegic following acquisition of her company, HD Health. Clare provides digital health, compliance and Go to Market strategy services, specialising in digital health transformation, business development, healthcare process optimisation, intelligent automation and AI and digital medical device software compliance. As part of this she lectures on Leading Digital Health Transformation and the Internet of Health Things (IoHT) at RCSI. Prior to this, Clare has worked in various senior digital health and governance roles across industry and the health service, in the Department of Health, HIQA, and the HSE as National Programme Manager for the Acute Medicine Programme. Clare holds an MSc in Health Informatics and Bachelor of Information Systems.
Colin Mac Hale

Colin Mac Hale

Sales Leader and Consultancy

Colin has significant experience of selling and making technology markets across all of EMEA. He is an expert in building and leading multi-national, culturally attuned sales teams deployed across EMEA.

He and his teams have sold cutting edge solutions to customers in a myriad of industry verticals. He has experience of selling into the Health, Life Sciences, Education, Government, Enterprise, Telco, Financial Services and SME verticals. He has teamed with ISVs, OEMs, SIs, and ODMs to provide industry wide eco-system solutions to customers. On a personal level he is a excellent networker with sophisticated emotional intelligence, who successfully motivates large teams. He has C level leadership experience based on his role as Chief of Staff to the EMEA General Manager. He is a trained and experienced spokesperson and influencer to and for the industry to the media, government and industry bodies. He is as comfortable asking for an order to hit a sale, as he is in presenting to an audience of hundreds at industry events.

Brendan Ring

Brendan Ring

Digital Engagement Lead, National Cyber Security Centre

Brendan Ring is the Digital Engagement Lead in the National Cyber Security Centre, a part of the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. Prior to taking up this role, Brendan has worked in a number of government departments, including the Department of Public Expenditure, NDP Delivery and Reform where he worked on a number of public service reform projects in Shared Services, Public Procurement and Organisational Capability Reviews of Government Departments, and holds relevant qualifications in the areas of innovation and digital policy. He is a qualified barrister and is a graduate of NUI and UWE Bristol.
Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor

Technology and Innovation Editor,the Business Post

Charlie Taylor is technology and innovation editor at the Business Post, where his duties also include editing Connected, a tech-focused monthly magazine. Prior to joining the Business Post, he spent 15 years working for the Irish Times in a number of roles.