Judges & Judging
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 We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless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.

Eoin Lonergan - Senior Procurement Consultant

Eoin Lonergan - Senior Procurement Consultant

Eoin has held senior procurement roles in Ireland and internationally as an academic, consultant and practitioner. He was appointed the first Sourcing Director for the Office of Government Procurement (2013 -2015) 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 that would deliver significant savings.

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 has also held procurement management positions with BP, the Salvation Army and Whitbread Plc. Until 2001, he held University posts in London, Hong Kong & France and has designed and delivered procurement training to clients in over 20 countries. 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.


Hilda Collins

Global Category Strategy Manager, Pfizer Procurement

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