Noel Mooney Keynote Speaker Headshot

Wales' Noel Mooney Keynote Speaker For IoD Wales Awards

IoD Wales can announce that Noel Mooney, CEO, Football Association of Wales (FAW) will be the keynote speaker at its Director of the Year awards which will be held over lunch on Friday 20 May 2022 at ICC Wales.

Noel was appointed FAW’s Chief Executive in August 2021 and is already capturing hearts and minds of the nation following the team’s recent win against Austria, putting them into the World Cup play-off final.

He joined FAW from UEFA where he was Head of Strategic Development working with all 55 European federations on their development including strategy, commercial revenues, participation, public affairs, digital transformation and governance.

Noel hails from Cappamore, Limerick in the Republic of Ireland and is a former League of Ireland goalkeeper who played for Limerick, Cork City and Shamrock Rovers. Following his playing career, he joined the Football Association of Ireland in 2006 where his role was focussed on domestic football, later having the responsibility of marketing the League of Ireland.

Jo Price, Nations Manager, IoD Wales said: “We’re all looking forward to these awards so much, especially after postponing twice due to Covid guidelines and restrictions. I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Noel as our keynote speaker and hear all about his work with Wales’ football team during such an exciting time for them! This won’t be a speech you’ll want to miss.

“Huge congratulations again go to all those who have made the shortlist and best wishes to everyone for the final.”

This year’s finalists are:

1. Young Director of the Year – sponsored by Sony Technology Centre

Shayoni Lynn – Lynn PR

John Hannah – Centregreat Rail Ltd

Helen King – Praesidio Safeguarding

Phoebe Brown – Repair Café Wales

Katy Penny – Biocatalysts Ltd

2. Director of the Year – Non Exec – sponsored by Acorn Executive Search

Dr Chris Martin – Port of Milford Haven

Kevin Bounds – Snowdrop Independent Living Ltd

Rhian Watcyn Jones – Social Care Wales

Paul Croke – Bridgend College

Jessica Leigh Jones MBE – Centre for Digital Public Services

3. Director of the Year – Family – sponsored by Tantrwm

Ann Anglesea – Delmar World

David Gray – TB Davies (Cardiff) Ltd

Rhys Mallows – Mallows Bottling Ltd

4. Director of the Year – Skills Development – sponsored by Educ8

Charlotte Hale – Sevenoaks Modular Ltd

Lindsay Evans – Sgiliau Cyf

Rachel Searle – Gower College Swansea

5. Director of the Year – Start-Up Business – sponsored by Darwin Gray

Emma Hill – The British Bird of Prey Centre

Philippe Mele – My Procurement

Jay Sheppard – Kudos Fundraising

6. Director of the Year – Equality, Diversion & Inclusion – sponsored by Legal & General

Ruth Coombs – Equality & Human Rights Commission

Wasem Said – Tigerbay Security

Bushra Ali – Bushra Ali Solicitors

7. Director of the Year – Public/Third Sector – sponsored by Venture Graduates

Richard Williams – Community Foundation Wales

Helen Hughes – Stephens & George Centenary Charitable Trust

Russell Greenslade – Swansea BID

Kay Denyer – Race Council Cymru

Maria Timon Samra – Tŷ Hafan

Dr Rhodri Llwyd Morgan – Mudiad Meithrin

8. Director of the Year – Corporate Responsibility – sponsored by Welsh Government

Scott Davies – Hilltop Honey

Joanna Swash – Moneypenny

David Morgan – Snowdrop Independent Living Ltd

Bushra Ali – Bushra Ali Solicitors

Leigh Hughes – Bouygues UK

9. Director of the Year – Innovation – sponsored by ACCA Wales

Rhian Hayward MBE – Aberinnovation Ltd

Gareth Lewis – Delio

Shayoni Lynn – Lynn PR

Robert Kissick – 2buy2

Martin Baker – The Safeguarding Co Ltd

10. Director of the Year – SME up to £15m – sponsored by Development Bank of Wales

Dean Thomas – Caerphilly Funeral Services Ltd

Craig Palfrey – Penguin Wealth Planners Ltd

Julie Grabham – JG HR Solutions Ltd

Kristian Cuffin – Cuffed-in Coffee Ltd

Bushra Ali – Bushra Ali Solicitors

Nigel Greenway – GS Verde Group

For further information, or to book spaces at the IoD Wales Director of the Year Awards ceremony, contact [email protected] or visit Wales’ Event Page 

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