Irish HR Awards

Irish HR Awards

The winners of the Irish HR Awards 2018 were recently announced (6th December 2018) at the Aviva Stadium - Dublin.

When Legal-Island was founded back in 1998, we trained HR professionals in employment law and workplace compliance issues - 20 years later, that hasn't changed. We understand that training is just the beginning of the journey and now we want to recognise the excellent contribution you and your HR team make to the success of your organisation.

Irish HR Awards 2018 - Winners Announced

Best Employee Engagement Initiative (Sponsored by SureSkills)

Winner: National Rehabilitation Hospital

Best Employee Engagement Initiative - Winner National Rehabilitation Hospital










Highly Commended: Health Service Executive

Best Employee Engagement Initiative - Highly Commended - Health Service Executive










Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative (Sponsored by DeCare Dental)

Winner: Health Products Regulatory Authority

Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative - Winner - Health Products Regulatory Authority










 Highly Commended: WALK

Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative - Highly Commended - WALK










Highly Commended: Glaxosmithkline

Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative-Highly Commended-Glaxosmithkline










Best Diversity & Inclusion Initiative (Sponsored by Legal Island)

Winner: Property Registration Authority

Best Diversity & Inclusion Initiative -Winner-Property Registration Authority











Highly Commended: Dublin Bus

Best Diversity & Inclusion Initiative -Highly Commended-Dublin Bus










Best Leadership in HR (Sponsored by Think People)

Winner: Rosarii Mannion - Health Service Executive

Best Leadership in HR-Winner Rosarii Mannion-Health Service Executive











 Highly Commended: Lynsey Perdisatt - Health Products Regulatory Authority

Best Leadership in HR-Lynsey Perdisatt -Health Products Regulatory Authority











Rising Star in HR (Sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland)

Winner: Marcie Green - The TaxBack Group

Rising Star in HR-Winner-Marcie Green-The TaxBackGroup











Highly Commended: Aideen Hartnett - Aramex

Rising Star in HR-Highly Commended-Aideen Hartnett- Aramex










Best HR Team (Sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland)

Winner: Health Service Executive

 Best HR Team - Winner - HSE










Highly Commended: Stacks Pharmacy

Best HR Team - Highly Commended - Stacks Pharmacy











Photos from the day are available via our Flickr page here.

Award Categories and Shortlisted Organisations

Best Employee Engagement Initiative

  • Ardmac
  • eShopWorld
  • Health Service Executive
  • National Human Resources Coaching Service
  • Lidl
  • National Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Office of Government Procurement
  • Surmodics

The award for Best Employee Engagement Initiative is sponsored by SureSkills

Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative

  • Eugene F. Collins
  • GSK - GlaxoSmithKline
  • Health Products Regulatory Authority
  • National Human Resources Coaching Service
  • Irish Aviation Authority
  • Lidl
  • Mason Hayes & Curran
  • Slieve Russell Hotel
  • The TaxBack Group
  • Tusla
  • Voxpro
  • WALK

The award for Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative is sponsored by DeCare Dental

Best Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

  • Health Service Executive
  • National Human Resources Coaching Service
  • Property Registration Authority
  • Dublin Bus

Leadership in HR

  • eShopWorld - Sharon Scally
  • Health Products Regulatory Authority - Lynsey Perdisatt
  • Health Service Executive - Rosarii Mannion
  • National Human Resources Coaching Service - Niall Gogarty
  • Synergy Security Solutions Limited - Sean Cullinane

The award for Leadership in HR is sponsored by Think People Consulting

Best HR Team

  • eShopWorld
  • Health Products Regulatory Authority
  • Health Service Executive
  • Marymount
  • Stacks Pharmacy
  • The HR Suite

The award for Best HR Team is sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland

Rising Star in HR

  • Aramex - Aideen Hartnett
  • Health Service Executive - Andrew Magee
  • Health Service Executive - Carol O'Shaughnessy
  • HSE, National Human Resources Coaching Service - Niall Gogarty
  • Johnnie Fox's Pub - Fred Rainert
  • Radisson Blu Royal - Lauren Fox
  • The TaxBack Group - Marcie Green
  • Voltedge - Kate Siberry


Sponsored by:

Eversheds Sutherland



Award Category Sponsors:

HR Awards - Category Sponsors





  Arrival and drinks reception


  Welcome and introduction by our host Alison Comyn  


  3 course lunch served


  Awards presentation


  Close of awards and networking  

Please note that this schedule is draft and subject to change.



  • Edwin O'Hora
    Edwin O'Hora Principal Consultant & Owner
    OHORA Consulting

    As Owner and Principal Consultant, Edwin holds over 12 years’ top level experience in senior HR management and executive HR leadership roles spanning the Distribution, Pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors.

  • Dr Gerry McMahon
    Dr Gerry McMahon Managing Director
    Productive Personnel Ltd

    Gerry McMahon is acknowledged as a national expert in the area of People Management and Employee Relations.  He has over 40 years’ practical experience working as an advisor/consultant in the area, across a range of sectors.  He also has extensive experience working as a consultant, trainer, facilitator, team builder, negotiator, adjudicator, mediator, coach, investigator, researcher, arbitrator and expert witness on behalf of a wide range of Government departments, public sector enterprises, semi-state entities, blue chip companies, professional institutes, trade unions, staff associations, employer and community/voluntary and religious organisations.


  • Michelle Browne
    Michelle Browne Excellence Through People
    National Standards Authority of Ireland

    Michelle Browne is a HR professional with 20 year’s experience across a range of areas of HR including recruitment, employee engagement, industrial relations and compensation & benefits to name a few.

  • Rachel Doherty
    Rachel Doherty Programme Director, CIPD courses
    National College of Ireland

    As Programme Director for the CIPD courses in National College of Ireland, Rachel has further developed the reputation of the programmes through quality delivery and attracting a team of excellent lecturers with both superb industry experience and terrific teaching skills. With wide-ranging experience in Talent Development and Resourcing in both multi-national and indigenous organisations, Rachel has also consulted on HR issues to Microsoft, IBM, the Blood Transfusion Board and Mercer amongst others. She currently lectures in HR for National College of Ireland and is Programme Director on the CIPD programmes.  She has particular expertise in leadership development and digital & blended learning.

  • Alison Comyn
    Alison Comyn Television & Print Journalist and Broadcaster

    Alison Comyn is a television and print journalist and broadcaster, best known as news anchor of UTV Ireland & IFTA-winning news and current affairs programmes Ireland Live.

    Alison has presented numerous current affairs and entertainment programmes in the UK and Ireland with RTÉ, BBC, Sky News and Channel 4, as well as covering for Joe Duffy on many occasions on Liveline on RTE radio 1.

Event details


11:30am - 3:00pm


06 December 2018


Aviva Stadium, Dublin


It is FREE to submit an award application and only €50 per person to attend the awards lunch.