Judges

Derek Anthony Brennan

The Institute of Strategic Risk Management (ISRM)

Derek Anthony Brennan is Dublin, Ireland, based and has been a security professional for over forty years.

He holds an Honours Law Degree (LL. B) Hons. A Masters in Strategic Management (MSc Strat. Mgt) Dist. Is a Fellow of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management and is certified in Security Supervision and Management by the IFPO. Derek is also acknowledged as expert in Crises Management, Hostage Management and Hostage Negotiation.

Daragh Bolton

The Institute of Strategic Risk Management (ISRM)

Daragh is a highly experienced security industry professional with 30+ years of expertise in corporate, physical, aviation, and healthcare security. Specializing in project management, physical security systems installations, training needs analysis, conflict management, CQC, and physical intervention, His leadership skills and collaborative approach have contributed to the successful execution of numerous security projects. Enthusiastic about process analysis & improvement, building teams, loss prevention, insider threat, development of individual and organisational capabilities to bring positive behavioural change and drive an enhanced security-awareness culture. As a panel judge, Daragh shares his knowledge and insights with aspiring professionals, making valuable contributions to the industry

Áine Mulcahy

Managing Director – Ireland, OCS

Áine has an MSc in professional sales and business management, a degree in social studies along with a range of executive and facilities management qualifications, as well as more than 20 years of experience in senior roles in Ireland and abroad.

Peter Murray – Dip.Crim.F.Phych; CPO; Dip.Sec.ARM; MSecII T.T.

Security Institute of Ireland

Peter is a Director and Member of the Security Institute of Ireland. He has worked in the Irish Security Industry for over 25 years and is a time served member of the Irish Defence Forces Reserve. He has many years of experience working in the locksmith sector and is the owner and managing director of Stoptheburglar.ie & Design Out Crime Ireland.

Patrick Roche

International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO)

An advocate for security professionals educational and professional development through membership of professional security bodies. A member of the Security Institute of Ireland with whom I have completed an advanced Diploma in Asset Risk Management. I also hold membership with the International Foundation of Protection Officers (IFPO) and have attained both Certified Protection Officer (C.P.O) and Certified in Security Supervision and Management (CSSM) accreditation within this organization.

ASIS Ireland

Experienced Security Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the pharmaceuticals industry. Skilled in Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, Physical Security, Change Management, and Risk Assessment. Strong security and protective services professional graduated from Dundalk Institute of Technology.

Dr. David Strachan-Morris 

Security Institute of Ireland

Dr. David Strachan-Morris is a Lecturer in Intelligence and Security in the School of History, Politics and International Relations, and Programme Director of the MA DL Intelligence and Security at the University of Leicester, UK.  His educational qualifications include a BA (Hons) Degree in War Studies with Politics, and a PhD, both awarded by the University of Wolverhampton. Before becoming a full-time academic he worked in the private security sector as an intelligence analyst and intelligence manager, for 10 years, and served in both the army and the police force.

Antonie Vasile

International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO)

Antonie Vasile is a paragon of security management and customer service excellence. His educational background, spanning mechanical engineering, electrical systems, martial arts, and security management, underscores his diverse skill set.

John Walsh

ASIS Ireland

John is an experienced security and investigation executive with extensive military law enforcement and corporate security experience. Following 30 years’ experience I am a results-oriented, seasoned professional, with sound decision making skills, and an impeccable work ethic. I am an energetic & articulate leader.

Sean Ward

Emergency Management Institute Ireland (EMII)

Sean is a former Chief Superintendent in An Garda Síochána (Ireland’s Police Service) with over 35 years’ service based in Dublin City Centre where he had overall responsibility for the leadership, management and delivery of a comprehensive policing service to a wide range of diverse stakeholders including major event management , crime detection and prevention , safety and security planning and management ,risk management, strategy, planning, governance, staff training and development , and emergency planning.