AEMS - Conor Molloy -  Event Chairman

cmolloyConor Molloy is an independent energy advisor, accepted as a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, CILT, FTAI, IMCA and EVO

With an MSc in Energy Management and Renewable energy from University of Ulster, he is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Measurement & Verification professional (CMVP) and trainer for ISO50001. 

In recent times, he has trained ESOS Lead Assessors in Transport Energy Auditing at the request of the UK Government’s Environment Agency, led the publication of EN 16247-4 Europe’s transport energy audit standard and contributed to ISO50004.

Since 2005, Conor’s day job has been helping business’ save fuel and manage their energy usage for profit and reduced emissions.


Bord Bia - Tara McCarthy - CEO

Tara McCarthy is the Chief Executive of Bord Bia. She was previously Chief Executive for Bord IascaighMhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency.

Tara brings with her over 20 years’ experience in the wider food industry. Tara has operated in overseas markets for 10 years in Germany, France and Belgium and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with an MBS in Marketing from Smurfit Business School.

An affiliate of IMD Business School, Switzerland; Tara has been a regular contributor to the Government’s Food Harvest 2020 and Food Wise 2025 reports and succeeded in delivering a number of instrumental initiatives for the Irish Food Industry under the ‘Pathways for Growth’ programme.

Ms. McCarthy was previously Director of the Food and Beverages Division in Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board and has led a team of Senior Executives on the development of the seafood, dairy, prepared foods; alcohol and small business sectors.


C&C Group - Michael Hannigan - Engineering manager Bulmers Clonmel site

C&C Group is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded cider, beer, wine, soft drinks and bottled water.

C&C Group manufactures Bulmers the leading Irish cider brand, Magners the premium international cider brand, a range of English ciders, the Tennent’s beer brand, Tipperary Water and Finches Soft Drinks.

C&C Group distributes a number of beer brands in Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland, primarily for Anheuser-Busch InBev, and owns Wallaces Express, a Scottish drinks wholesaler.

C&C Group is headquartered in Dublin and its manufacturing operations are based in Co. Tipperary, Ireland; Glasgow, Scotland; and Vermont, US. C&C Group plc is listed on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges.


Enterprise Ireland - Dr. Richard Keegan –  FIEI Manager

RkeaganDr. Keegan is a specialist in the areas of Lean/World Class Business and Benchmarking with Enterprise Ireland. He has focused on adapting these concepts for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). He has worked closely with a large number of companies, helping them introduce the concepts of world class manufacturing based on objective benchmarking. He has written several books on the topic and is a Adjunct Assistant Professor, in the Business School at Trinity College Dublin, lecturing at MBA on Operations Strategy and undergraduate level on Operations Management, and as a guest lecturer at National University of Ireland – Galway, to both undergraduate and MBA levels.

He acts as the European advisor to the World Class Activities of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Co-Operation. He lead the DG Enterprise Benchmarking Initiative, the European Benchmarking Forum and Network, focused on developing synergies and actions forward for benchmarking within the European Community as a means of developing the competitiveness of industry. He has trained as an engineer and has achieved Chartered Engineer status and a Master of Commerce degree on world class practices for SMEs. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland.

He has been awarded a Doctoral degree with National University of Ireland, Galway, for work based on the use of benchmarking and world class practices to improve the operational performance of SMEs using networks.

His latest book Applied Benchmarking for Competitiveness has been published in Ireland and India and has been published in a translated form in Portugal and Italy. Proceeds from the book are given to the Irish Cancer Society, Research Fund.

He has worked previously for DAF Trucks, Nokia and Nestle.


Nutmost Limited - Andrew Wynne – CEO

With a Masters in Marketing from UCD Smurfit School of Business and having worked in marketing for a number of years Andrew came across Activated Nuts travelling with his girlfriend Holly and was hooked on them but on his return to Ireland couldn't get his hands on any here so set about changing that!

Having always had an interest in health foods and leading a healthy lifestyle he founded Nutmost in 2016 which has brought a new snacking experience to consumers with their own range of Activated Nuts.

It's an exciting time for Nutmost with the current health food movement and with plenty of new products being developed at Nutmost HQ to be launched over the coming months to allow a more convenient and tastier way to eat healthy. Nutmost are fully focused on building an innovative health-food brand to meet consumers current demands.


Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates - Eamonn Redmond - Operations Manager

Eamonn is Operations Manager at Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates, where with the help of a very talented Operations team, he is improving results by harnessing the capability of People.

Our focus in Lily O’Brien’s is to simplify work, identify and eliminate waste, improve productivity and optimise equipment performance, using a Lean Six Sigma approach.

Before joining Lily’s, Eamonn worked with Multinationals P&G and Gillette in Medical device manufacturing, working in various disciplines, including Engineering, Supply Chain and Operations.


Rye River Brewing Company - Cathal Kelly - Manufacturing & Plant Manager

Bio to follow





Lidl Ireland & Northern Ireland - Deirdre Ryan - Head of Corporate Social Responsibility

In her role as Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Deirdre leads the development and implementation of Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland’s sustainability strategy. This includes a broad scope of topics from carbon footprint analysis and responsible sourcing of products to food waste reduction initiatives and stakeholder engagement.

Deirdre is responsible for embedding best practice into all business management processes, developing targets and key performance indicators and reporting on progress. Lidl’s ambitious commitment to sustainability has been recognised and supported by Bord Bia’s Origin Green Sustainability Program.

Deirdre holds an MSc in International Business and an MSc in Sustainability from UCD Smurfit School of Business and completed the first Origin Green Ambassador programme. Prior to her current role, Deirdre worked in numerous leading food companies on their sustainability programmes including Nestle and METRO Group.

Deirdre also represents Lidl on the Stakeholder Forum for Ireland's National Plan for Corporate Social Responsibility 2017-2020.


Sodexo UK & Ireland - Edwina Hughes - Corporate Responsibility Manager

Edwina has worked in corporate responsibility for over twelve years.  She qualified from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Business and Economics in and built on this with an M.A. from the School of Business at Trinity focusing particularly on corporate responsibility.

Edwina has worked in research; for government and in charities.  She spent seven years in a range of campaigning roles at Business in the Community – looking at the role of business in social housing, education and homelessness.

As CR director for Sodexo UK & Ireland, Edwina decides and leads our corporate responsibly strategy for the UK & Ireland.   She oversees the production of corporate responsibility resources and manages our projects. She briefs and supports Board members on our work, liaises with subject matter experts from across the business.  She also oversees partnerships with key stakeholders including WWF, Food Ethics Council and FareShare.


David Carson, Partner, Deloitte Ireland

David is a corporate finance partner. He leads the Brexit, crisis management and forensic teams in Ireland. He contributed to a task force advising the Lord Mayor of Dublin on the possible impacts of Brexit on Dublin.

David is a member of the Brexit subcommittee of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce. He has spoken at a number of conferences on Brexit in both Ireland and Northern Ireland. He spoke at The Irish Times Brexit summit, a British Irish Chamber of Commerce Brexit conference, the National Manufacturing Conference and a Department of Agriculture conference on the impact of Brexit on the Fishing industry

David leads out the Deloitte “Brexit Lab” for clients to assist them in their strategies to mitigate threats and take advantage of opportunities arising from Brexit.  The lab  accelerates businesses beyond uncertainty by examining potential risks, scenario planning and exploring opportunities to drive strategy and decision making.