The National Procurement Awards 2017

Judges & Judging

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, representing Ireland's procurement and supply chain sectors, will determine the winners of The National Procurement Awards.

Our focus is to deliver a balanced judging assessment from industry leaders who will bring their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the judging process ensuring that the winning entries are truly outstanding and worthy of receiving an Award.

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards judging process is fair and objective. The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, in which case that entry will be reallocated. The integrity of this process lies at the very heart of all that we do.

We recognise and respect the sensitive nature of the information submitted in the entries. Submissions are not disclosed or discussed outside the judging process. We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless prior permission is given.

A comprehensive judging process has been put together to decide the worthy winners of The National Procurement Awards:

Judging Process

  1. After all submissions have been received, all entries will be sent for the first round of review.
  2. Entries will be carefully scrutinised with the best selected to go forward to the shortlist for each category.
  3. The shortlist of finalists will be published on the Awards website.
  4. Judges are divided into a minimum of two panels, ensuring any potential conflict is avoided.
  5. The judges will score each of the entries allocated to them against a predetermined set of scores.
  6. Scores are then collected and collated, with the entrant receiving the highest overall score being declared the winner of that category.
  7. The winners will be announced at the gala awards ceremony. The judge's decision is final and no correspondence, telephone, email or communication of any kind will be entered into in relation to decisions reached.

The 2017 Judging Panel

Further announcements to be made shortly.


Wayne Dignam - Managing Director, Tender Team

Wayne Dignam - Managing Director, Tender Team

Wayne Dignam is an award-winning business consultant, commercial manager and social entrepreneur.

In his ten years running Tender Team, he and his consultants have helped clients win contracts worth hundreds of millions of euro in Ireland and around the world.


Gerard McNamara - CEO, Schuman Associates

Gerard McNamara - CEO, Schuman Associates

Gerard is the Founder and CEO of Schuman Associates. Over 25 years he has built Schuman Associates’ reputation as one of the leading EU consultancies in Brussels, with offices across Europe.

Gerard has pioneered innovative strategies for Schuman's clients in order to grow their EU market, presence and influence. Managing both the opportunities arising from new EU policies and the growing procurement market. Currently the practice is very engaged with opportunities arising from Brexit.

He has spearheaded many EU campaigns with world leading companies such as Microsoft, Philips, SAP and 3M to name but a few.  He has also worked extensively with global NGOs, Governments, trade associations and EU Institutions across a range of issues and sectors. Recent successful projects include the development of offshore energy projects, broadband roll-out, Europe wide research to share health data.

Angelyn Rowan - Partner, Construction & Projects, Eversheds Sutherland

Angelyn Rowan - Partner, Construction & Projects, Eversheds Sutherland

Angelyn Rowan is a Partner in the Construction and Projects group at Eversheds Sutherland. Angelyn advises clients on major infrastructure projects, complex procurement matters and construction.

She is and has been involved in some of the largest public sector infrastructure projects in Ireland over recent years, including the development of the DIT Grangegorman Campus and Social Housing PPP Programme.

In procurement, she has wide experience advising on non-contentious and contentious Irish and EU public procurement law. Angelyn is skilled at advising clients through procurement processes from inception to appointment, including advising upon the appropriate procurement procedure for a tender competition, pre-qualification and invitation to tender documentation, queries, debriefing obligations, evaluation processes and legal challenges.

In recent years she has advised on the procurement processes for some of the largest PPP projects in Ireland. Her experience in contentious procurement includes advising contracting authorities defending claims and also acting on behalf of aggrieved tenderers taking court proceedings.

Tonia Spollen-Behrens - Senior Market Adviser, Public Procurement Department, Enterprise Ireland

Tonia Spollen-Behrens

Tonia is a Senior Market Adviser in the Public Procurement department at Enterprise Ireland. She has extensive experience in tendering on an EU and national level. 

She has worked with SMEs submitting public tenders and EU applications for funding. She worked in Berlin for ten years and prior to that Brussels.

Eoin Lonergan - Procurement Lead, EY

Eoin Lonergan - Procurement Lead, EY

Eoin is a Director with EY Advisory in Ireland, and has held previously senior procurement roles in Ireland and internationally as an academic, consultant and practitioner. He was until December 2015 the first Sourcing Director for the Office of Government Procurement where he was tasked with setting up the largest sourcing organisation in Ireland and directing the development of category strategies to address €6bn of government spend.

Prior to this he held senior Consulting Roles in PwC and Deloitte (London) where he led procurement transformation projects with multiple clients across all sectors. He holds degrees from Trinity (BBS) and the University of Glamorgan (M.Sc) as well as higher diplomas in Marketing, Procurement and Teaching (HE). He is a Fellow of CIPS.

 Jeanne Copeland - CEO, Greenville Procurement Partners

 Jeanne Copeland - CEO, Greenville Procurement Partners

Procurement Consultant and Trainer with over 35 years’ experience in the regulated procurement environment in Ireland and internationally.

Jeanne is a trusted advisor, mentor and trainer for many of Ireland’s Senior Management Teams.  Acknowledged as providing practical and insightful support to large and small procurement organisations, Jeanne supports projects involving expenditure profiling, organisational reviews, template documents, development and implementation of policies & procedures in addition to compliance and best practice initiatives.

Hilda Collins - Senior Category Strategy Manager for Indirects, Pfizer

Hilda Collins - Senior Category Strategy Manager for Indirects, Pfizer 

Hilda has over 20 years of Procurement experience and currently leads sourcing of global categories of expenditure across multiple operating units for the Indirect spend at Pfizer.

Pfizer always aims to be best in class and bench marks the business against other industries to ensure competitiveness. The company prides itself on innovation, customer service and costs. Pfizer Procurement strives to develop best in class procurement strategies which Hilda has a significant role in communicating and executing within a complex pharmaceutical environment.

Prior to working in the Pharmaceutical Industry, Hilda held roles in the Electronic and Retail sectors and has a strong understanding from a procurement perspective of what it takes to be successful with her peers and shaping the business to ensure it remain competitive and agile.

Hilda holds a First Class Honour Degree in Business. In summary, Hilda takes pride in pushing for transformational and best-in-class solutions and promoting procurement as a career.

Dr. David McKevitt - Cork University Business School

 Dr. David McKevitt - Cork University Business School

David is Academic Director of UCC’s Certificate in Procurement Management (NFQ 8). He was the recipient of the Hans Ovelgönne Purchasing Research Award from the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM). This award recognizes “outstanding contribution to the development of Purchasing and Supply Management based on Research and Development studies and works”. David actively researches and supervises procurement research including careers and performance management. He is a board member of IIPMM.

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