Judging Panel

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, representing Ireland's logistics and transportation industry, will determine the winners of The Irish Logistics & Transport Awards.

We understand the importance of a fair and objective judging process. That's why we assemble a prestigious panel of industry leaders, renowned for their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm, and expertise in the the logistics and transport industry.

Our selection process is meticulous. Judges are bound by strict confidentiality agreements and declare any potential conflicts of interest. Entries with conflicts are reassigned, ensuring complete impartiality.

This unwavering commitment to integrity is the foundation of our awards programme. Become a part of recognising industry excellence. If you're interested in joining the judging panel, email your details to judges@businessriver.com

2024 Judging Panel

Declan Allen

Declan Allen (Judging Coordinator)

Head of Logistics, Supply Chain and Project Management, Technological University Dublin

Head of Logistics, Supply Chain and Project Management at TU Dublin. WorldSkills Ireland’s Chief Examiner in Logistics (2019-2023). WorldSkills International’s Skill Competition Manager for Logistics and Freight Forwarding Competition at WorldSkills Lyon 2024. VIEW MORE

Páraic Carroll

Páraic Carroll

Assistant Professor, University College Dublin

Dr. Páraic Carroll is an Assistant Professor in the School of Civil Engineering, where his teaching and research focus is Transportation Engineering and Planning VIEW MORE

Efce van Heerden

Efce Van Heerden

Lecturer, Munster Technological University

Prior joining the world of academia, Efce spent 20 years specialising in setting up, implementing, and managing sustainable supply chain, transport, and distribution operations for the FMCG, retail, and automotive industries. Applying his expertise to businesses of all sizes around the world, including China, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. VIEW MORE

Seamus Kavanagh

Seamus Kavanagh

Executive Officer, Irish International Freight Association

Executive Officer with Ireland's National Representative Body for Irish Freight Forwarding and Customs Brokerage service provider businesses. VIEW MORE

Michael O'Callaghan

Michael O'Callaghan

Director, IPICS The Supply Chain Management Institute

Michael is a Supply Chain Training Consultant and Instructor. Michael is a Director of IPICS The Supply Chain Management Institute and is a member of the Logistics and Supply Chain Skills Group chaired by the Department of Transport. VIEW MORE

Maura O’Toole

Maura O’Toole

Owner/Principal Trainer in Facilitrain

With 20+ years experience of national & international bespoke training course development and delivery across a wide range of industries, and both a primary degree in Computing and a Graduate Degree in Education and Training Management. VIEW MORE

Gareth Prendergast

Gareth Prendergast

Director of Logistics, Irish Defence Forces

Colonel Gareth Prendergast is the Director of Logistics in the Irish Defence Forces. He has responsibility for logistically supporting Irish Defence Forces Operations both at home at overseas. VIEW MORE

Dr. Jelena Vlajic

Jelena Vlajic

Senior Lecturer in Queen's University Belfast

Dr Jelena Vlajic, FCILT, FHEA is a Senior Lecturer in Supply Chains and Operations Management in Queen’s Business School, Queen’s University Belfast. VIEW MORE