Women in STEM Awards
6.30pm, 24 October 2024
The Round Room at Mansion House, Dublin

2023 Judges

Anne-Marie Tierney Le-Roux

Senior Vice President Enterprise Technology IDA Ireland

Anne-Marie has 21 years’ experience in the global investment environment with IDA Ireland, working across a number of key roles in Ireland and abroad.

Anne-Marie took up her current position as Department Manager, Enterprise Technology in October 2021. Prior to this role, she held positions as Department Manager, Regional Development, Director of Europe, based in Paris and Project Manager in the Technology Division. Prior to IDA Ireland, Anne-Marie worked for the Consultancy business of PricewaterhouseCoopers in London.

Anne-Marie is a Law graduate and holds an MSc in International Marketing, as well as being an Associate Practitioner of the European Chartered Institute of Marketing. Anne-Marie is a Board member of CeADAR, Ireland’s National Centre for Applied AI and a Board Member of Cyber Ireland.

Colin Mac Hale

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.

Gillian Harford

Country Executive, 30% Club Ireland

Gillian Harford is a senior HR Executive who works directly with client organisations focusing on diversity and workplace change. Sponsored by EY she also operates as the Country Executive for the 30% Club, a global campaign supported by Chairs and CEOs driving gender balance on Boards and at cSuite. Gillian is the former Head of HR Strategy & Planning with AIB where, with a career spanning almost 40 years, she has been responsible for significant people change with particular focus on Culture, Career, Diversity and Agile Work.

Gillian holds a BA, an MBA from Michael Smurfit Business School UCD, and the Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance, UCD. She is a member of the Institute of Directors, fellow of CIPD, and a fellow of the Institute of Bankers. Gillian is a member of the Board for the Central Remedial Clinic and an Advisory Group member for the government-based initiatives Balance for Better Business and the Women in Finance Charter.

Jean O'Donnell

Board Member, Women in Technology & Science (WITS)

 Jean O’Donnell is Deputy Chair of Women in Technology & Science Ireland. She is also an award winning Technology Employee Engagement and Talent Development Leader with significant experience designing and implementing Employee Experience & Capability Development Strategies. She has over 15 years tech sector experience with a deep understanding of the importance of technology in driving and supporting business. 

Jean is passionate about equity, inclusion and diversity. Holding a Masters in Coaching from UCC, she has supported many women on their journey back to the workplace after a career break.

Meabh Smith

Director of Communications, Construction Industry Federation

Meabh Smith, Director of Communications at the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), provides strategic direction for communications across the organisation, which represents the construction industry in Ireland. Prior to joining CIF, Meabh held senior communications roles in the areas of reinsurance, disability and overseas development, where she managed public communications and engagement campaigns on domestic and international issues. Meabh holds Masters Degrees in Journalism and Digital Media, and in Science, alongside qualifications in Project Management, Marketing and Psychology. Meabh is also a board member of Meath Women’s Refuge and Support Services.

Peter Clifford

Head Of Strategy, Science Foundation Ireland

Peter Clifford is a leader and strategist with deep knowledge of the Irish research and innovation system. He engages with and mobilises key stakeholders using clear evidence-based communication.

Peter was appointed Head of Performance Improvement in Science Foundation Ireland in 2014 and became Head of Strategy in 2018.

Previously, Dr Clifford held a series of positions at SFI, overseeing large-scale funding programmes such as the Investigators Programme and managing funded awards such as the ADAPT, Lero, and Insight Research Centres. Dr Clifford joined SFI in 2008.

Prior to joining SFI, Dr Clifford researched telecommunications networks and applied mathematics in Maynooth University. His PhD in Mathematics is from MIT.

Susan Treacy

CEO, HealthTech Ireland

Susan became CEO in November 2021. HealthTech Ireland is the independent trade association for manufacturers, developers and distributors of health technology products and solutions to the Irish health system. The provision of these products and solutions by HealthTech Ireland members, support and enable the healthcare system deliver on it’s day-to-day operations. HealthTech Ireland also actively supports the transformation and shaping of the future of healthcare both nationally and internationally. Susan has over 20 years’ experience and a proven track record in healthcare, holding executive positions with multi-national organisations, SME’s and med-tech start-ups. Susan is also a member of the Ireland Digital Health Leadership Steering Group led by the HSE Digital Transformation team. Through her own consulting company, Treacy Healthcare Consulting, Susan has also helped organisations develop and meet their strategic objectives both nationally and internationally. As a member of the Women in Technology and Science (WITS) Ireland Executive and the policy sub-committee, Susan is helping to support and empower women in STEM and helping to drive improvements in STEM policy in Ireland at government level. The common thread in Susan’s work is to help facilitate collaboration and partnerships to realise the value and synergies that can be created for the organisations she works with and society as a whole. Susan holds qualifications from Maynooth University, Queen’s University Belfast, the IMI and UCC.

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