Meet the Judges

JP Kennedy

Chairman of Retail Excellence and Managing Director, TileStyle 

JP Kennedy, Managing Director of TileStyle, has over 20 years experience within the retail and construction related industries within Ireland and the UK. TileStyle is a dynamic family owned business and is one of Ireland’s driving forces within the retail Tile, Flooring and Bathroom sectors. With over 30 years experience providing to their customers with the finest quality products and excellent service, they continue to work hard to innovate and adapt to a constantly changing environment.Their mission is to have the very best people working for TileStyle so as to always exceed their customers expectations. 

Fiona Gratzer

CEO – Unislim

Fiona Gratzer has been working in the Health & Nutrition industry for over 20 years. A market leader, Fiona thrives on innovation and has successfully contemporised trusted Irish brand Unislim through the development of multi-digital platform technologies and social media. Passionate about building communities and connecting people, Fiona recently created their brand new Unislim app, an exclusive members only “Facebook”. She is also the creator of the healthy food range, “Gorge Us” – available in Dunnes Stores, Tesco and SuperValu nationwide.

Gerald Kean BCL

With over 35 years running his own solicitors firm, Gerald is the principal of the firm Keans Solicitors. His firm has gained a reputation for dealing with a number of high profile clients.

Gerald regularly gives talks in business excellence and in the importance of customer service.

Gerald is also a well known Irish personality. He has taken party in Celebrity Operation Transformation and is a regular on the social scene.

Noelle O’ Connor –

MD of Tan Organic

TanOrganic is the brainchild of Noelle O’Connor, a passionate ITEC qualified beauty therapist/Lecturer and postgraduate of many holistic treatments. Noelle has also undertaken studies in the Boston MIT Entrepreneurial Masters Program and has over 2 decades of experience in the spa and salon industry. She began her career in a single cubicle beauty room behind a local hair salon and built it to Ireland’s First Beauty Chain, Ealu Spa Therapy while setting up a distribution company Skin Logic supplying the leading beauty products in Ireland and the UK.

 
Noelle decided to finally develop her own line of products, due to the lack of 100% natural ingredient conscious sunless tan products on the market. Noelle wanted products that would firstly preserve her skin, while hydrating at the same time. TanOrganic was born and the company grew rapidly, with ever increasing sales to salons (who are after all the experts in skincare), and fantastic reviews from the media.
 
Knowing she had a great product Noelle decided pitch the product on Dragons Den to hopefully secure not only an investment, but also the experience and contacts of a Dragon so she could make a product for the retail market. The Dragons were very interested in Noelle’s product and in the end Dragon Gavin Duffy took 45% of the company for a €50,000 investment. TanOrganic is the most successful Dragons Den company so far, notching up €1 Million in sales in the first 3 months of trading and growing from strength to strength ever since. 

James C Wyse BBS FCA

Managing Director, Sixty Plus Finance
James is a chartered accountant and has been involved in business in Ireland and abroad since he got his business studies degree in Trinity College. After KPMG, he was financial controller of the Alfa Romeo car franchise holder and then MD of the Citroen car and van franchise for Ireland for over 20 years with Gallic Distributors Ltd. and a board member of the Gowan Group of companies.
Now Founder and CEO of Sixty Plus Finance, Ireland’s First Home Equity Release Specialists in the financial services sector.
Serves as a non-executive director on the board of Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital and a council member of Gorta Self Help Africa and a member of its audit, finance and risk committee.
Has served on various committees of the Royal Dublin Society in the past—established the very first Best Dressed Lady competition in Ireland at the Ladies day of the RDS horse show in 1983 by giving a new Citroen car to the winner. Has been involved with the Irish Donkey Society since 1993 as Hon. Treasurer and currently Hon. PRO and is the organiser and commentator of the annual Donkey Exhibition and Parade at the RDS Horse Show since 2012 and assists with commentary at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society Balmoral Show since 2015.
He is also an active member of the RIAC (Royal Irish Automobile Club). James is married to Susan and has two daughters and one son, all working in London and lives in Cabinteely, South Dublin.