The shortlist for IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year 2019 is here!

It’s time for the big reveal! You nominated friends, colleagues and family members for #BWOTY19, and we received an incredible amount of impressive entries – our biggest year to date. After much deliberation, these have been whittled down to make up one incredibly inspiring shortlist. See the impressive list of formidable Irish women that make our shortlist below.

The IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards will be held on November 25 at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road – and we simply can’t wait to see you there.

Drum roll please…..

IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2019 shortlist:



CEO of the Year 

  1. Aisling Teillard, CEO, Tandem HR Solutions
  2. Caroline Dunlea, Co-founder, Core Optimisation 
  3. Gillian Horan, CEO, The Pudding
  4. Lorraine Butler, Managing Director, CPM Ireland
  5. Nicola O’Neill, Managing Director, Harvest
  6. Sinéad McSweeney, Managing Director, Twitter Ireland 


Creative Businesswoman of the Year

  1. Carol-Anne Leyden, Director and Co-founder, CA Design
  2. Caroline Kilkenny, Designer, Caroline Kilkenny and Sisters
  3. Debbie McQuillan, Owner, VanityX Makeup Academy
  4. Gillian Blaney Shorte, Creative Director, Artzone
  5. Heidi Higgins, Owner, Heidi Higgins
  6. Joeanna Caffrey, Director and Owner, Joeanna Caffrey Flowers
  7. Julie McLoughlin, Co-founder, Jando
  8. Kim O’Sullivan, Founder and Director, The Dublin Makeup Academy
  9. Lisa Wilkinson, Director, The Elbowroom
  10. Sonya Murphy Lyons, Founder and Director, Mezzo Music Academy



Digital & Technology Businesswoman of the Year

  1. Catherine Kiveney, Managing Director,, and
  2. Hannah Wrixon, CEO, Get The Shifts
  3. Marian O’Sullivan, Azure Business Group Lead, Microsoft EMEA
  4. Mariana Kobal, Founder and COO, Wazp
  5. Naoise McNally, Managing Director and Co-founder, and Susan Gallagher, Creative Director and Co-founder, One Fab Day
  6. Niamh Sterling, CEO, Recipe Guru
  7. Samantha Kelly, Tweeting Goddess and Women’s Inspire Network
  8. Siobhan Berry, Founder, Mummy Cooks


Entrepreneur of the Year (Over €250k)

  1. Anita Murray, Managing Director, Pink Beauty Group
  2. Chupi Sweetman, CEO, Chupi
  3. Grace McGrane and Yvie O’Toole, Managing Directors, Monroe Recruitment Ltd
  4. Drs Lisa and Vanessa Creaven, Co-founders, Spotlight Oral Care
  5. Lolly Strahan, CEO, Lolly & Cooks
  6. Lorraine Heskin, CEO and Founder, Gourmet Food Parlour
  7. Milena Jaksic, Founder and Managing Director, Platinum Pilates
  8. Sarah Gill, Managing Director, Seagreen Ltd
  9. Tracey-Jane Cassidy, CEO, Founder and Owner, Junior Einsteins Science Club


Entrepreneur of the Year (Under €250k)

  1. Amanda Spiteri, Ray of Sunshine
  2. Dearbhla Meaney, Director, White Diamond Marketing & Events
  3. Jo Browne, Owner, Founder and Creator, Jo Browne Natural Skincare and Solid Perfumes
  4. Kate O’Moore, Creative Director, MAKER
  5. Kathryn Thomas, Director, Pure Results Bootcamp Ltd
  6. Margaret Kissane, Editor, Connect Magazine and Owner, Connection Publications
  7. Ollwyn Moran, CEO, CogniKids
  8. Sandra Pokrant, Co-owner and Manager, Lulu + Belle


Management Professional of the Year

  1. Caitriona Allis, Head of ACCA Ireland
  2. Dorothy MacCann, Brand Director, The Merrion
  3. Jeanne Kelly, Equity Partner, LK Shields
  4. Joanne Morrissey, HR Director, Microsoft Ireland
  5. Laura Brock and Suzanne McClure, Directors, Brock McClure Planning & Development Consultants
  6. Lynne Coyle, Wine Director, O’Briens Wine
  7. Sarah Ward, Director, CBRE
  8. Sinead Fitzmaurice, CEO, TransferMate Global Payments
  9. Tara Brennan, Head of Marketing & Development, Chadwicks Group
  10. Valerie Forde, PR & Communications Director, Kildare Village


Social Entrepreneur of the Year

  1. Aisling Hurley, CEO, Breast Cancer Ireland
  2. Auveen Bell, Co-founder and CEO, Blossom Ireland
  3. Carla Piera FitzGerald, Brand Manager, Siel Bleu Ireland
  4. Dee Ahearn, CEO, Barretstown
  5. Emma Reidy, CEO, Aoibhneas
  6. Rosemary Keogh, CEO, Irish Wheelchair Association
  7. Sarah Jane O’Dwyer, CEO, AnyMan Ireland 
  8. Tammy Darcy, Founder and CEO, The Shona Project
  9. Vivienne Kavanagh, Employee Development and Equality Executive, Dublin Bus


Start-Up of the Year

  1. Aoibhín Garrihy, Director, BEO Wellness
  2. Anita Donoghue, Director, Hair Cafe Salon
  3. Jane Walker and Helen McNamara, Co-founders, Swim Cubs Limited
  4. Julie Caulfield, Owner and Designer, Julie Caulfield
  5. Laura McCarthy, CEO, Drink Botanicals Ireland
  6. Louise Egan, Co-founder and CEO, I-SPY Clothing
  7. Margaret O’Rourke Doherty, Image Skillnet
  8. Sharon Keegan, Founder and CEO, PeachyLean


Young Businesswoman of the Year

  1. Aimee Connolly, Owner and CEO, Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Cosmetics
  2. Aoife Mullane, Owner and Designer, Aoife Mullane Design
  3. Carla Mooney, Producer and Co-Founder, Cardel Entertainment Ltd
  4. Cora Murphy, Clinical Director, All About Healthcare
  5. Deirdre Young and Sinead Bailey Kelly, Co-founders, H&G Creations Ltd
  6. Kelly Ging, Owner, Kelly Lou Cakes
  7. Laura Kavanagh, Commercial Director, JJ Kavanagh & Sons
  8. Onagh O’Driscoll, Managing Director, Platinum Hair Extensions
  9. Pamela Laird, Founder, Moxi Loves Limited
  10. Suzie Mc Adam, Founder and Managing Director, Suzie Mc Adam Design

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