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Meet the Ulster Grocer Marketing Awards 2021 judges

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John D’Arcy OBE – The Open University.

John D’Arcy OBE – The Open University.

Norman Maynes - Translink.

Norman Maynes - Translink.

Michael Maguire - Quintus Management.

Michael Maguire - Quintus Management.

Professor Barry Quinn – Ulster University.

Professor Barry Quinn – Ulster University.

Emma Cowan – Summerisland.

Emma Cowan – Summerisland.

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John D’Arcy OBE – The Open University.

Entries close on June 4th for the 33rd annual Ulster Grocer Marketing Awards, which are set to celebrate the sector and its vital role after an extraordinary past year.

With record entries expected, we are proud to unveil a boosted judging panel this year. Joining the panel for the first time are Barry Quinn, a professor of marketing with expertise in retail and food innovation at Ulster University, and John D’Arcy OBE, national director for Ireland at The Open University with a background in marketing.

Longstanding chairman of the panel, Michael Maguire, will meanwhile return in his role, as will fellow judges Norman Maynes and Emma Cowan.

MICHAEL MAGUIRE - QUINTUS MANAGEMENT

Michael Maguire is a retired senior management consultant with core expertise in marketing economics and brand development. In a career spanning nearly 50 years, he held senior positions in national and multinational companies, public agencies, professional bodies and consultancy. In this regard he has worked extensively for and on behalf of food and grocery businesses and has lived and worked in Europe and the United States. He is also a frequent columnist and commentator on international business and has authored many studies, papers and books on marketing development. Michael has also been chair of the Ulster Grocer Marketing Awards judging panel for many years and has contributed to its success as the pre-eminent awards programme in the Northern Ireland grocery industry.

NORMAN MAYNES - TRANSLINK

Norman is currently head of marketing & business development for Translink with responsibility for brand management, advertising, promotional activity, e-commerce/social media and market research. With Translink since it was formed in 1995, prior to this, he was marketing and business development manager for Northern Ireland Railways and worked for Short Brothers/Bombardier as senior technical services executive. He graduated from Queen’s University with an MBA and has a MSc in Air Transport Engineering from Cranfield University. Norman was on the board of Visit Belfast from 2014 to 2019. He has served on the Executive Council/Board of the Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce for several years and was president from May 2010 – May 2011. He is also on the Board of Belfast One.

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PROFESSOR BARRY QUINN – ULSTER UNIVERSITY

Barry Quinn has been based at Ulster University Business School for 25 years. He is Professor of Retail Marketing. His areas of expertise include SME growth and innovation in food and retail. He has led on a number of research projects that have addressed topics such as small business development, policy support for small business, and the business development needs of retailers based in rural areas. His work has been published widely in journals such as Journal of Rural Studies, International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management, and Journal of International Marketing.

EMMA COWAN - SUMMERISLAND

Emma Cowan is a writer, designer and consultant with 25 years of experience spanning journalism, marketing and business consulting and digital/social media marketing. She is a former features editor of Ulster Grocer magazine and has been editor of a wide range of publications, including Hospitality Review, Specify (construction industry) and Ulster Business. As a consultant, she has worked with clients spanning the events, finance, local government and creative sectors.

JOHN D’ARCY OBE – THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

John D’Arcy has been The Open University’s national director for Ireland since 2010. Prior to that, John was chief executive of Colleges NI; director of BDO Management Consultants; principal officer for research, CCEA; and research fellow with the Northern Ireland Council for Educational Research. He is a trustee of The Lightbody Foundation; former chair of the Oh Yeah Music Centre, Enterprise NI and Audiences NI. He is a Board member of the Open College Network; Matrix Panel and AONTAS, Ireland’s Lifelong Learning Organisation. John has also been a Board member of Sport NI and the BBC’s Broadcasting Council. He was awarded an OBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to education and the arts.



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