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Meet The Judges


Ciara Crilly

Creative & Marketing Director,

Brown Thomas Arnotts

As the Creative & Marketing Director at Brown Thomas Arnotts, Ciara Crilly leads the creative vision and marketing strategy company-wide. With more than 25 years of experience at Brown Thomas Arnotts, Ciara brings a wealth of expertise in brand and category management, particularly in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. Ciara's passion for innovation and commitment to nurturing local talent have played a crucial role in her advocacy for and effective integration of new brands within the organisation. Ciara's leadership is marked by a dedication to excellence and a relentless pursuit of elevating the customer experience

Pippa Casey

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Donnine Burness

Deputy General Manager, 


Donnine Burness is Deputy General Manager at Arnotts, leading the retail management teams to deliver excellence in execution across the store. Having joined the business 5 years ago, Donnine has over 20 years retail management experience from leading department stores across the UK and Ireland.  Donnine plays an integral part in the planning and delivery of pop-ups and new launches within Arnotts as part of her role.

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Caitríona Mc Govern

Head of Home and Lifestyle,

Brown Thomas Arnotts

Caitríona Mc Govern is joint Head of Home and Lifestyle at Brown Thomas Arnotts, leading our innovative buying team to source an extensive and diverse range of home interior brands.


Throughout her 20+ years of industry experience, her responsibilities have included the global sourcing and developing of a diverse category mix including ladies & men’s fashion, accessories, lingerie, swimwear, and all areas of homewares. Utilising her expertise to deliver from ideation and concept stage all the way through the product development process, quality control, packaging, logistics and in store execution, including brand building and establishing identity.


Since joining the business almost 5 years ago she has been passionate about product and about our Brown Thomas Arnotts customers' experience. She brings key trends and contemporary ideas to life with the best of must-have homeware products on the market.

Judges: Team
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