Meet The Judges

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Audrey Owens

Director of Innovation & Enterprise, Brown Thomas Arnotts

Audrey Owens is the Director of Innovation and Enterprise at Brown Thomas Arnotts, working to create extraordinary experiences for our customers. An exciting new division which launched in September 2020, Audrey leads the department in driving innovation and introducing new business categories. Audrey has been with the business since 2005 and has garnered over 20 years of retail expertise in launching the most exciting brands to the Irish market and unforgettable experiences to customers.

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Rachel Morgans

Buying Director Home & Living, Brown Thomas Arnotts

Rachel Morgans is the Buying Director for Home & Living at Brown Thomas Arnotts, working to source the most exciting homeware offer from around the world for our customers. In her role as Buying Director, Rachel works across furniture, linens, electrical and gifting, aiming to bring to life key trends that are happening within the homeware market along with contemporary ideas and must-have products. Rachel has previously held the position of Head of Buying for Finery London and Head of Buying at ASOS as well as Buying Director at Topman.

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John Redmond

Creative Director, Brown Thomas Arnotts

John Redmond is the Creative Director for Brown Thomas Arnotts and has over 35 years’ experience working in the creative industry. Responsible for the iconic Christmas Windows over the past thirty years, John’s unique vision and talent allows Brown Thomas and Arnotts to stand out. Passionate about design and nurturing up and coming creatives, John works with many of the design colleges on projects like The Textile Project with the NCAD to give these talented young people a platform to grow. Born in Carlow, John now lives in Dublin and is also a talented artist.

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Denise Kenny Byrne

Co-founder of The Head Plan

Husband and wife duo, Denise & Ciaran, are the entrepreneurs behind The Head Plan, a guided wellness and self-care brand that offers both products and services in the space. Their first product The Head Plan Journal has gained a large and loyal following in just over a year with tens of thousands of people now working on their own personal development journey with the journal. The Head Plan was introduced as part of the Arnotts Christmas Gifting Edit in 2020 and proved to be a gifting favourite for the festive season and has remained stocked in Arnotts since. Both Denise & Ciaran bring a wealth of knowledge on starting a new business, utilising social media to drive awareness and launching a brand and the process of shifting their business from exclusively online to bricks and mortar stores too.

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Ciaran Byrne

Co-Founder of The Head Plan

Husband and wife duo, Denise & Ciaran, are the entrepreneurs behind The Head Plan, a guided wellness and self-care brand that offers both products and services in the space. Their first product The Head Plan Journal has gained a large and loyal following in just over a year with tens of thousands of people now working on their own personal development journey with the journal. The Head Plan was introduced as part of the Arnotts Christmas Gifting Edit in 2020 and proved to be a gifting favourite for the festive season and has remained stocked in Arnotts since. Both Denise & Ciaran bring a wealth of knowledge on starting a new business, utilising social media to drive awareness and launching a brand and the process of shifting their business from exclusively online to bricks and mortar stores too.

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Vincent Tynan

Co-Founder Juvi

Vincent Tynan is the co-founder of the award-winning Irish jewellery brand Juvi Designs and a seasoned businessman with over 30 years of expertise as a silversmith and gemologist. Juvi Designs is known for collaborating with other Irish craftspeople and focusing on sourcing and creating jewellery sustainably. Vincent’s creative flair and years of business expertise gives him a unique and well-rounded perspective as a judge on our panel.