Chief Executive, National Recruitment Federation (NRF)
Geraldine joined the Federation in 2009 and is responsible for the running of the NRF office and all divisions of the Federation, including all PR & Marketing and internal communications. Since her arrival to the NRF she has been focused on expanding the services of the NRF to member and has introduced the accredited Certificate in recruitment practice to the Irish recruitment industry the only certificate for recruiters in Ireland. Her belief and vision is that the recruitment industry should be viewed as a profession and have a full academic career path, she has been instrumental in the success of the government award of the first under graduate 3 year degree apprenticeship programme for recruiters in partnership with the National College of Ireland. She has also successfully led the NRF to obtain their own Skillnet which provides much needed reduced funded training for members.
In 2018 she was recognised by the Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) in the top 100 staffing leaders in Europe and the top 150 global women leaders.
Meet the Judges for 2019.....
Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce
Anthony Cooney took up the position as Chief Executive Officer of Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce in July 2017. Fingal is Irelands fastest growing , youngest and most culturally diverse region on the island of Ireland and the Chambers primary role is to enable the region to be at the forefront of economic development both from an indigenous and foreign direct development perspective.
Anthony would reach out to overseas organisations in order to put Fingal at the very forefront of economic development plans both incoming and outgoing.
Prior to joining Fingal Dublin Chamber Anthony worked for more than twenty years with one of Europes largest private Equity organisations specialising in the acquisition , management and turnaround of “ Recurring Income “ B2B businesses throughout the UK and Ireland.
Companies specialising in the food service , catering and hot & cold beverage supplies was Anthonys main focus and he managed some of the UK and Irelands largest businesses in this sector
Fergal is Entrepreneurial Specialist at the Innovation Academy, University College Dublin and Founder/MD at Open Innovation Services. His focus is on facilitating and mentoring innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship for Corporates, SMEs and the undergrad/postdoc startup community. He has advised on a wide range of innovation initiatives at ESB, MetLife, Deloitte, PwC, BDO, Adobe, Roche Pharma, Primark, Colgate-Palmolive, Bank of Ireland, New Ireland Assurance, Enterprise Ireland, Irish Stock Exchange, Health Research Board (HRB), US Embassy and numerous SMEs. Fergal is lead facilitator for the Innovation Pillar on Enterprise Ireland’s Go Global 4 Growth management development program and is a mentor to awardees of the not-for-profit Social Innovation Fund (SIF). Fergal co-founded Open Financial Services, a fintech company, in 2001, with many Fortune 500 clients, which was scaled and sold to GreatWest Life, one of World’s largest financial services firms in 2014.
Manager, Bord Bia
Lorcan Bourke works as Fresh Produce & Potatoes Manager in the Horticulture & Meat Division of Bord Bia. He has worked for almost 30 years in the Irish food and horticulture industry, with 20 years of this time working in Bord Bia. It is Bord Bia’s mission to drive, through market insight, and, in partnership with industry, the commercial success of a world-class food, drink and horticulture industry. In this context, his role involves the development and implementation of strategic plans, undertaking market research and implementing promotional programmes within the horticultural industry.
Venture Leader, NDRC,
Alan is a Startup and scaling SME expert, Supporting commercialisation, Internationalisation and funding for growth strategies. He is an innovative and leadership expert, with extensive experience with enterprise agencies around Europe and has been a founder of several technology companies. He has supported the raise of >€20m in angel/VC funding.
Business Development Manager
Joe retired from Wavin Ireland as Business Development Manager after 47 years of service. During his time in Wavin, he has been involved in direct sales, project sales, merchandising, key account management and business development. Joe has 20 years’ experience in training staff in product knowledge and sales techniques.
Mario Mc Blain
School of Business & Humanities, DKIT
Mario is a lecturer with the School of Business & Humanities, Dundalk Institute of Technology. He works closely with many business support organisations and SME's in the region consulting on business planning and development issues. Mario has a background of 37 years in the international industry at senior management level through this time holding eight directorship positions with manufacturing and financial services companies.
Founder & Managing Director of Food at Fishers Ltd
Rebecca Harrison, former President of Network Ireland, the leading organisation for women in business, currently sits on the National Retail Consultation Forum, the Board of Retail Excellence Ireland and the SFA’s Skillnet Steering Committee. She is managing director of Fishers of Newtownmountkennedy department store & founder of Food at Fishers Café.
Chief Operations Officer and Director of Programmes at DCU Ryan Academy
Niamh is Chief Operations Officer and Director of Programmes at DCU Ryan Academy with a demonstrated history of designing, developing, recruiting for and execution of high quality accelerator programmes for early-stage start-ups and experienced entrepreneurs in Ireland. Most notably Niamh is Programme Director for the Award Winning ‘Female High Fliers Accelerator Programme’, among other Academy accelerator programmes. Development and management of relationships with stakeholders; including national organisations, state bodies and industry, is an integral part of Niamh’s role at the Academy.
Growth and Change Management Specialist
Sonia has spent the last two decades working in Human Resources, she was MD of SAB Consultancy, Human Resources Director for Siemens in Ireland up until July 2017 and is now the founder and Director of The Green Door Group since January 2018.
Sonia has extensive experience in all Human Resource functions, Leadership Development, Emotional intelligence, Employee Engagement and Change Management.
Sonia holds a degree in Employment Law from The Honorable Society of Kings Inns, a Diploma in Coaching and is a member of the ICF and a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.
Drogheda Business Excellence Awards
Winner SME of The Year (1-50 employees)
Grand Designs Kitchens & Bedrooms Ltd
Pictured: Margaret Reilly, CEO, Grand Designs Kitchen & Bathrooms LTD & Peter Dolan, Manager, Scotch Hall Shopping Centre (Award Sponsor)
Winner Health, Hair & Beauty
Simply Fit Food Ltd
Pictured: Evelyn Garland and Luke Judge, Simply Fit Food and Emer Dunne, WaterWipes ( Award Sponsor)
Winner Tourism Business of The Year
City North Hotel & Conference Centre
Pictured: Catherine McGovern, Cyril Laffin, CityNorth Hotel & Liam Reilly Louth County Council (Award Sponsor)
Winner Employee Training & Development
Louth Volunteer Centre
Pictured: Grainne Berrill, Louth Volunteer Centre & Niall Franklin, Hanley Energy (Award Sponsor)
Winner Start Up Business of The Year
Listoke Distillery & Gin School
Pictured: Bronagh Conlon, Listoke Distillery & Thomas McEvoy, LEO Louth (Award Sponsor)
Winner Retail Excellence Award
Malones Toyota Drogheda
Pictured: John Malone & Cathy Malone, Malones Toyota Drogheda & Nicola Tighe, AIB ( Award Sponsor)
Business Awards Gallery
Drogheda Business Excellence Awards
Winner SME of the Year ( 50+ employees)
Winner Coffee Shop & Casual Dining
No. Three Old Bar & Restaurant
Pictured Martina & Sarah Fitzpatrick, No three Old Bar & Restaurant & Rory Callaghan (Award Sponsor)
Winner Family Business Of the Year
Smiths Of Drogheda
Winner Fleadh Award
Drogheda Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann
Winner Social Media & Digital Marketing
Pictured Marie Fleming, Padraic Kierans & Aidan Kennedy (Award Sponsor)
Winner Excellence In CSR
Lifetime Achievement Award
Harry McArdle, Height For Hire
People's Choice Award
Pictured John Hurley & Francis Hurley, & Peter Rowan (Award Sponsor)
DROGHEDA & DISTRICT CHAMBER
WHO ARE WE?
We are Drogheda & District Chamber, located in Drogheda, Co Louth, Ireland. As the leading business organisation in Drogheda, our mission is simple, to promote, engage, support, and ultimately make business better for our members and the wider community. We are a volunteer led organisation and for over 125 years Drogheda & District Chamber has been the beating heart of the business community.
How we collect information about you
When you browse our website www.droghedachamber.ie, we may ask for personal information such as your name, email address. We may also collect information about you when you are on the internet such as the website you came from, IP address, domain types, i.e., .co.uk and.com), your browser type the country where your internet service provider is located, the pages of our site that were viewed during your visit and search terms that you used. This information is only used for our own research and to improve our service to you. We will only collect your personal information when you provide
it to us, when you email us, send an enquiry through our “Contact Us” page and when you subscribe to any of our services. Drogheda & District Chamber use the social media platforms of Facebook, and Twitter to keep our members informed of events and services which we consider may be of interest..
What Personal Information Do We Collect?
When you visit our website, we collect particular information related to your device, such as the IP address, referring website, details of the pages your device visited and the time that your device visited our website.
Drogheda & District Chamber respect your right to privacy, and we will only collect personal information when you provide this to us. When you submit an email enquiry, subscribe to our mailing list or newsletter or register for an event, or complete any of our on line forms we will process your personal information for specific purposes which allow us to provide and deliver our services to you. The categories of personal information that we collect from you include, names, email addresses, postal addresses and phone numbers, transactional information (including invoices due and paid).
How We Use Your Personal Information
Drogheda & District Chamber will process your personal information for a variety of legal purposes, including but not limited to the following:
• To provide services to members and potential members
• Networking opportunities
• To respond to any communications, you might send to us
• To send you email alerts and newsletters that you have opted in to receive
• Educational events
• Promoting members
• Start Up Business Assistance
• Process membership transactions (including transaction confirmations and invoices
• Send members industry updates, event/news/notifications, and administrative communications
• Manage members use of our services and to respond to enquiries and comments and provide membership services and support
Use of Non-Personal Information
We gather statistical and analytical information collected on an aggregate basis of all visitors to our website www.droghedachamber.ie. This non-personal information encompasses data that cannot be used to identify you.
Our Legal Bases to Process Your Personal Information
We detail below our identified legal bases which allow is to process your personal information:
• Processing is necessary for the performance of a Contract to which the Data Subject is party or to take steps at the request of the Data Subject prior to entering. The Contract
• Legal Obligation
• Legitimate Interest of the Data Controller
• Public Interest
If we process personal information based on your Consent, you may withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of processing which took place prior to its withdrawal.
Sharing of Personal Information
There may be occasions when it is necessary for us to share your personal information with our external working Partners and Stakeholders for the purposes of providing our services to you. We detail below some of our external Third Partners; however, this is information is not an exhaustive list.
• Web Hosting Company
• Saas Providers
• Email Platform
• Payroll Provider
There may also be occasions when in accordance with Independent Statutory Legislation we are obligated to share personal information. Under certain circumstances, we may be required to disclose your personal information in response to valid requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.
Is Personal Data Transferred outside the EEA?
We do not knowingly transfer personal information outside the EEA, however our CRM system is Hub Spot and is hosted in Europe.
How we keep your Personal information Safe
Drogheda & District Chamber are committed to the protection and security of your personal information. We use a variety of technologies and procedures to protect your personal information from, “unauthorised use, and access, accidental loss, unlawful destruction, alteration, unlawful disclosure. As effective as security practices are, no physical or electronic system is entirely secure. We cannot guarantee the complete security of our data base or can we guarantee that information that you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the internet. We have implemented strict internal guidelines to ensure that your privacy is safeguarded at every level of our organisation. We will continue to revise policies and procedures and review our systems and we will implement additional security features as new technologies become available. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. When we receive your personal information, we use appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being compromised in any way. When you contact us to ask about your personal information, we may ask you to identify yourself, this is to help protect your personal information.
How Long Do We Keep Your Personal Information?
We process and retain personal information to meet our legal and regulatory requirements and for as long as necessary to enable Drogheda & District Chamber to provide our services to our members. It is not our practice to retain personal information for longer than is considered necessary.
We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If you are under 13, do not access, use, or provide any personal information on www.droghedachamber.ie or through any of its features. If we learn that we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13, without parental consent, we will delete that information.
Your Personal information Rights
In accordance with The EU General Data Protection Regulation and The Data Protection Act 2018 you are afforded the following rights in certain circumstances. However, not all “Rights” are absolute, and exemptions may apply.
Right of Access: You have the right to obtain confirmation from us whether or not we process personal information about you and where that is the case, access to the personal data, including the purposes of the processing and the categories of personal data concerned. The recipients or categories or recipients to whom the personal information have been or will be disclosed.
You may also submit a written request for a copy of personal information you believe we may be processing about you. Upon such a written request, Drogheda & District Chamber will verify the validity of the request for security purposes. Your subject access request will be responded to within thirty days, However, where the request is unreasonable, or onerous such requests will be responded to within a two-month time period.
Right to Rectification: You have the right to the rectification of inaccurate personal information about you without undue delay.
Right to Erasure: You may ask us to delete your personal information, however this is not an absolute right and any such request will be considered in connection with our legal obligations and under the legal framework of the EU GDPR
Right to Restricting and Objecting: You have the right to restrict or object to us using your personal information.
Right to Data Portability: Upon your written request, where possible we can share a digital copy of your personal information with you or another organisation.
How to contact us
Should you have any questions regarding how we process your personal information please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also address your correspondence The Data Protection Compliance Officer, Drogheda & District Chamber, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co Louth, Ireland.
The Data Commissioners Office can be contacted at www.dataprotection.ie
Updated - December 2020