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Our Judges

Our Foyle Legend Judges have had the hard choice of picking a shortlist of Legends from your nominations, for you to vote for.
The Judging Panel

Odhran Dunne is the General Manager of Visit Derry, the official tourism organisation for the city of Derry~Londonderry. He is a senior management professional with 20 years’ experience working in the tourism sector in the North West. He is responsible for leading the city’s destination marketing and visitor servicing effort promoting nationally and internationally the city and region as a world class destination for leisure and business tourism by making connections globally with tourism partners, potential visitors and diaspora.


Professor Deirdre Heenan is a Professor of Social Policy and Director for the Centre for Health and Wellbeing. She is a former PVC Communications and Provost of Coleraine and Magee campuses at Ulster University. She is a member of the Irish Council of State and a Board member of the British Irish Association. She is a distinguished academic, researcher and has just completed a book on integration in health and social care.
Paul McFadden is a partner in Leapfrog Communications in Derry~Londonderry and is a well-known face in the North West media. He started working in journalism at the Derry Journal but is best known as a former BBC broadcaster. During his time at BBC Radio Foyle, the Morning Programme won a Gold Award from the Sony Radio Academy. Paul is a frequent commentator about politics in the press and media.


Sinead McLaughlin is Chamber Chief Executive of the Derry~Londonderry Chamber of Commerce. She has led a range of strategic initiatives that have seen the Chamber develop and grow delivering services and initiatives that benefit the business community in the North West City Region. With extensive experience in both the public and private sectors Sinead is a respected figure in Northern Ireland business circles. Sinead is passionate about the regeneration of Derry~Londonderry and the role that business has to play in this process. Sinead is also a Director of Visit Derry and a member of the City’s Strategy Board.

Garvan O’Doherty is the Chief Executive of the Garvan O’Doherty Group which operates in the hospitality and property sectors including Da Vinci’s Hotel, Waterfoot Hotel, the Chill Off Licence chain and St Columb’s Hall. Born in Derry~Londonderry, Garvan has played a role in matters pertaining to the social and economic regeneration of Derry and North West, including as Chairman of Londonderry Port and Harbour Commission for two terms and his current role as on the Board of Creggan Enterprises Limited, one of the most successful neighbourhood renewal companies in the UK.


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