The IMAGE PwC Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2023 winners are…
14th Apr 2023
Without further ado, these are our deserving winners of the IMAGE PwC Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2023.
A celebration of Ireland’s most inspiring businesswomen, our annual IMAGE PwC Businesswoman of the Year Awards took place at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road this evening.
Every single year, we’re blown away by the calibre of talent that exists in this country and 2023 was no exception. Faced with an overwhelming number of outstanding nominations, our highly esteemed judging panel whittled the applications down to one incredibly inspiring shortlist, from which they chose this year’s winners.
Now in its 15th year, IMAGE Media is proud to recognise the amazing achievements of Irish businesswomen, their unparalleled contribution to the Irish economy and their vital role within the Irish business community, both at home and abroad. These awards are a testament to the skill and resilience of Irish women and our winners are richly deserving of recognition.
Hosted by expert entertainers Melanie Morris, IMAGE Media’s Group Contributing Editor, and Richard Chambers, News Correspondent at Virgin Media Television, we had a fantastic evening with a gourmet dinner, delicious drinks and special musical performances from the Irish Women in Harmony collective, electric violinist Aoife Kelly and saxophone player, Conor McGrath.
Thanks to our incredible partners PwC, sponsors Key Capital, DS Automobiles, Kuehne + Nagel, Glenveagh and Ibec and in association with Marks & Spencer, the Circle Club and i-Stil38, we were able to commemorate these women’s achievements, congratulate them for their innovative work and celebrate excellence across all of our distinguished award categories.
From social entrepreneurs to sustainability champions, young businesswomen and start-ups to CEOs and entrepreneurs, we are so proud to honour some of our country’s most amazing businesswomen and their stories — the innovators, the changemakers and the determined hard workers. Congratulations to all our winners and to the wonderful runners-up.
These are your IMAGE PwC Businesswomen of the Year 2023.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Start-Up of the Year
Fiona Parfrey, Lauren Duggan and Áine Kilkenny, Co-founders, Riley
Dr Helena McMahon, Co-founder, Seabody
Rachel Bothwell, Founder and CEO, GP Practice Ally
Young Businesswoman of the Year
Onagh Chira, CEO, Platinum Hair Extensions
Gráinne Mullins, CEO, Grá Chocolates
Niamh Tallon, CEO, Her Sport
Digital & Technology Businesswoman of the Year
Zara Flynn, Managing Director, Accenture Song
Ashley McDonnell, Global Digital Media & E-Commerce Director at PUIG, Chairperson of the Board at Digital Business Ireland and Founder of Tech Powered Luxury
Caroline Dunlea, CEO, Core Optimisation
Creative Businesswoman of the Year
Nell Roddy, Co-founder, Break Out Pictures
Olivia Buckley, Founder & Managing Director, Olivia Buckley International
Ruth Maria Murphy, Director, Ruth Maria Ltd
Sustainability Champion of the Year
Ailbhe Gerrard, Founder, Field Exchange Ltd
Aideen O’Hora, Karen Deignan and Laura Heuston, Directors, SustainabilityWorks
Sandra Rockett, Director, ILIM Retail and Wealth Distribution Channels, Irish Life Group
Management Professional of the Year
Caroline Sherry, CFO and Executive Director, Hostelworld Group Plc
Orla Carroll, Director of Product Development, Fáilte Ireland
Caoimhe McAuley, Director of Pharmacy and Superintendent Pharmacist, Boots Ireland
Social Entrepreneur of the Year
Dee Ahearn, CEO, Barretstown
Aisling Hurley, CEO, Breast Cancer Ireland
Nicole Ryan, Director, Alex’s Adventure Ltd
Family Businesswoman of the Year
Aisling Ryan, CEO, Ryans Cleaning
Laura Kelly, Director, Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa
Ann O’Brien, Managing Director, Kent Stainless
Diversity and Inclusion Businesswoman of the Year
Amanda Adé, Creative Director, Black and Irish
Jeanne McDonagh, CEO, Open Doors Initiative
Gwen Layden, Executive Director, Layden Group
CEO of the Year
Karen Clince, Founder and CEO, Tigers Childcare
Sharon Murphy, CEO, Wilson Hartnell and Ogilvy Ireland Group
Mary Rodgers, CEO, PorterShed
Entrepreneur of the Year
Suzanne Jackson, Director and Founder, SanFran Cosmetics and Cohar Ltd
Linda Stinson, CEO, Bellamianta and Iconic Bronze
Loretta Dignam, Founder and CEO, The Menopause Hub
Overall Businesswoman of the Year
Louise Grubb, CEO, TriviumVet