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Judging panel 2017

Brendan Barr, Head of Investment Solutions, Standard Life Ireland
Rob Barrett, Head of Institutional Sales UK & Ireland, AXA Investment Managers
Peter Griffin, Director, Allied Pension Trustees
Barry Holmes, Director of Human Resources, RCSI
Richard Kelly, Reward & Pensions Manager, daa
John O'Connell, Owner, Trident Consulting

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Brendan Barr, Head of Investment Solutions, Standard Life Ireland
Brendan has a wealth of experience in developing, marketing and distributing pension and investment products. In a career that spans over 30 years, he has a built reputation for delivering results through drive and innovation. Currently Head of Investment Marketing at Standard Life, he is responsible for managing their marketing and investment development activities. Prior to this, Brendan was at Ulster Bank’s former fund management arm, Ulster Bank Investment Managers, where headed up their Personal Investment Unit. Brendan holds an MBA from Smurfit College UCD.

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Rob Barrett, Head of Institutional Sales UK & Ireland, AXA Investment Managers
Rob Barrett is Head of Institutional Sales at AXA Investment Managers, based in London. Rob has more than 30 years’ experience in the UK & European Institutional Markets both as a Portfolio Manager and in Sales and Marketing. He has worked for several firms during his career starting out at Hill Samuel, SSgA and AXA Rosenberg and more recently Swisscanto and Invesco Perpetual. Rob has been a member of the FTSE committee and was Secretary of the NAPF West London Group.

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Peter Griffin, Director, Allied Pension Trustees
Peter is a Director of Allied Pension Trustees. Irelands leading independent pensions management and investment advisory company. Peter is a fellow of the Irish Institute of Pension Managers and Fellow of the Life Assurance Association of Ireland. In a career that stretches back over 35 years, Peter has held a number of senior positions with global employee benefit practices, including PWC, Willis and Aon Consulting. Peter is a Director and Council member of the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF), Chairman of the iapf Benefits Committee and is an active participant in formulating industry policy.

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Barry Holmes, Director of Human Resources, RCSI
Barry Holmes joined RCSI as the Director of Human Resources in 2011 from RSA Insurance Ireland Ltd where he was the Director of Human Resources. Barry, as a member of the Executive team, successfully led that business from a broker-only intermediated business to a multi-channel, market leading one in the Irish General Insurance market. Prior to RSA Insurance Ireland Ltd, Barry held a number of senior HR roles at Intel Ireland including HR Manager for Ireland Fab Operations (IFO) and more recently as the Site Employee Relations Manager. Barry had commenced his working career with the Irish Business Employers' Confederation (IBEC) as an Industrial Relations Executive successfully representing and advising employers on all human resource and industrial relations matters both at enterprise level and before all of the industrial relations institutions of the State. Since March 2013 at RCSI, Barry has also assumed executive accountability for IT and the Estates and Facilities functions in addition to the HR portfolio. Barry was educated at University College Dublin where he completed both B.Comm and Masters Degrees specialising in Human Resource Management. In addition, Barry is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) and a member of the Institute of Directors (M Inst D). Barry is also currently completing a Doctorate of Governance (DGov) with University College Dublin (UCD) and the Institute of Public Administration (IPA).

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Richard Kelly, Reward & Pensions Manager, daa
Richard is Reward & Pensions Manager at daa covering Dublin and Cork airports, retailing subsidiary ARI and international aviation consultancy arm daa International. He is responsible for managing and designing employee retirement savings communications across the business and supporting the trustees of the various retirement arrangements at daa. Prior to joining daa Richard worked for IFG, Mercer and ITC where he held various account management and consultancy positions. Richard was educated at Dublin City University where he completed his Bachelor of Business Studies. He is also a Qualified Financial Advisor, a member of the Irish Institute of Pensions Management and holds diplomas in pensions and employment law.

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John O'Connell, Owner, Trident Consulting
John O’Connell is an actuary who has worked in the pension and investment areas for the last thirty years. He founded Trident Consulting, an independent pension advisory firm, in 2006. John completed an MBA in 2000, the Institute of Directors’ Diploma in Company Direction in 2012 and the Pension Trustee Practitioner in 2017. From 1987 to 1990, John worked in Irish Life’s investment department and since 1990 has worked in the corporate pensions area working with Irish Life, Life of Jamaica and Mercer – and for the last 11 years as a Director of Trident. John specialises in the provision of independent pensions advice to trustees and employers and also acts a trustee to a number of group pension schemes.

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