Introducing our judging panel for Ireland’s Electrical Awards 2024

Hosted by Ireland’s Electrical Magazine and with Snickers Workwear as headline sponsor, Ireland’s Electrical Awards 2024 will celebrate the top Irish electrical contractors, wholesalers, manufacturers, people, products, and projects.

Our highly esteemed panel of independent industry experts who selected this year’s winners added a wealth of unrivalled experience and knowledge to the judging process.

HEAD JUDGE – Rory Yates

Rory has 27 years’ experience in the electrical industry, 15 of which were spent as an electrical contractor before retraining and entering into the consultancy side as an electrical engineer. He has run his own practice, CBS Consulting Engineers, for the last seven years, having previously being employed by Winthrop, ESD and TOBIN Consulting Engineers.Rory has also been involved in an advisory capacity with the NSAI and is currently involved in new domestic dwelling standards to be released in the near future.

Mairead McKnight

Mairead is a development officer for the electrical family of trades in apprenticeship and work-based learning with state agency SOLAS, part of the National Apprenticeship Alliance. Having completed an electrical apprenticeship with ESB in the 1990s, she has developed a career as an electrician and technical advisor in both the private and multinational sectors. Mairead was an industrial automation and electrical instructor with Athlone Training Centre for nearly 20 years before joining SOLAS three years ago.

Billy Farrell

Alongside his wife Marie, Billy founded William Farrell Limited in 1985 and served as MD of the engineering solutions contractor until passing the reins to his son Mike in 2019. Handling turnkey projects from design to commissioning, William Farrell works with all leading wholesalers, suppliers, consulting engineers and building companies. Clients have included AOL, Oracle Corporation, KPMG, St Vincent’s University Hospital and An Post. Prior to starting his own company, Billy worked as a contracts manager for a leading electrical contractor in Dublin, and as a design engineer for a firm of consulting engineers.

Martin Hand

A well-known figure in the wholesale trade, Martin and his business partners took over TEF Tullamore in 2009, having opened and managed the site for CEF since 1980. He has been active in the Association of Electrical Wholesalers for more than 30 years, and TEF Tullamore is a member of the Irish Electrical Buying Group. Martin started out in the trade working for a lighting manufacturing in its stores, then a small electrical shop, and served as a rep for CEF in the Dublin area before joining the Tullamore business.

Congratulations and good luck to all shortlisted entries! Award winners will be announced at the gala ceremony on Friday 10 November 2023, at Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin.