Samuel Riggs - Iarnród Éireann​

In this strong category, the judges were impressed with Sam’s remarkable impact within a short space of time, as well as the breadth and scope of his activities. His dedication was evident, his work came across as more than a job; he showed a true passion backed up with experience, skills and expertise. Sam has achieved a lot in his short time. He has rolled out policies, procedures and training, created 30 champions, hosted an EDI conference, made the trade unions an ally, and enjoys staunch support across the organisation.   

The judges would like to mention Martha Ryan in Boots as a person changing lives in her organisation. She deserves recognition for how she shines the light on supporting employees and those with a disability in the workplace.

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Highly Commended:

Bernie O’Connor - ESB 

The judges found a very knowledgeable practitioner in Bernie, recognised by all at the ESB. Bernie displays passion and leadership for the DE&I agenda, which has gained traction and been woven into the DNA of the company. There was clear evidence of impact from a proven leader of DEI in Ireland, who reflects excellence in this area.