Laois natives from Portlaoise in the running for prestigious Irish Australian business awards

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Sinead Keane and Aidan Coleman from Portlaoise in the running for Irish Australian Business Awards 2017 People's Choice Award .

Sinead Keane and Aidan Coleman from Portlaoise in the running for Irish Australian Business Awards 2017 People's Choice Award .

Two Laois people are among the "best and brightest" Irish people who are in the running to win awards at the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce Awards.

Sinead Keane from Sheffield Cross, Portlaoise and daughter of Ann and Frank is on the shortlist in the Irish Australian Business Awards 2017 People's Choice Award as is Aidan Coleman who is also from the town. 

Aidan hails from from Colliers Lane where his parents John and Kay still live. He told the Leinster Express that he had a wonderful upbringing in the 'town', great memories and still friends still from my time CBS Portlaoise.

Aidan played football and hurling for the town with his brother Enda. He left for Sydney with my now wife Sharon, nee Rooney, of Clonaslee GAA fame in 2002 and have been making a life for themselves in Sydney with two young girls Ellie and Keira.

"We're looking forward to getting home to the Town and to Clonaslee at Christmas and we try to get back at least every two years," he said.

Aidan says he is very active in the Irish community in Sydney and is involved in New South Wales GAA, mentoring of young Irish expats.

Aidan is Chief Technology Officer on the executive managment team of Charter House in Australia his nomination is for leadership in tech innovation here. Charter Hall Group is one ofAustralia’s leading property groups, with a total managed property portfolio of $19.8 billion. 

Check out his video profile here 

Read about Sinead below picture of Aidan Coleman and wife Sharon.

In 2010 Sinead Keane commenced as a Registered Nurse in Surgical Services at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney. She started working as a theatre nurse in anaesthetics and recovery and has been an Associate Nurse Unit Manager there since 2013. She says she is dedicated to both patient and staff safety.

According to the nomination her dedication stems from her genuine desire to improve quality and safety for patients, families and staff in healthcare. Sinead’s personal and professional values and beliefs align with the Mission and Values of St Vincent’s Health Australia.

Sinead is an integral part of the management Nursing Team within the Surgical Services and is nominated in the Young Professional Category of the Peoples Choice awards.

Sinead is the youngest of nine, five of whom still live in Laois. Her sister Sandra who is married to John Hanniffy, Gerard, married to Vanessa Aird, Louise and her wife Karen, and Daniel, married to Lorraine Flannagan are all living in Portlaoise. Owen, whose wife Catherine is a nurse manager in MRHP, live in Raheen. Daniel is very involved with The Heath and Owen coaches Shanahoe ladies teams. 

Her brother Frankie lives in Galway with his wife Leonie Tansey, also from Portlaoise. My sisters Anita and Tracey are out of the country. Tracey is a vice principle in a school in Wembley, and lives in Luton with her partner, Jason, and son and finally...Anita is in Saskatoon, Canada with her husband John O'Reilly, from Belad, and their two children.

Sinead went to school in Scoil Chriost Rí, Portlaoise, going on to the University of Limerick from 2002-2006 where she did a Bachelor of Science in General Nursing. She worked at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise before moving to Australia in 2008.

She told the Leinster Express that she has been involved in the Sydney Irish community since moving there. She is on the Rose of Tralee committee which she says has given her a great opportunity to get to know more people and make connections here in Sydney.

"It's important to get involved in keeping the Irish community together and keeping traditions going," she said.

Sinead is delighted to be nominated and is grateful for all the help at home.

"Getting the award nomination was an honour, and to get through as a finalist is just fantastic! It's great to see the excitement and to get so much support from family and friends at home," he said.

Check out Sinead's video profile here

Professional Biog of Sinead Keane 
In 2010 Sinead commenced as a Registered Nurse in Surgical Services at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney. She is dedicated to both patient and staff safety. Her dedication stems from her genuine desire to improve quality and safety for patients, families and staff in healthcare. Sinead’s personal and professional values and beliefs align with the Mission and Values of St Vincent’s Health Australia.  As a professional working in healthcare with over 11 years of experience, Sinead have demonstrated the ability to work autonomously and in a team environment.  She has taken every opportunity to gain both technical and interpersonal skills and extended her knowledge in Surgical Services and Anaesthetics and Recovery. These interpersonal skills and her leadership and managerial ability led Sinead to be supported to apply for and gain the role of Associate Nurse Unit Manager in Anaesthetics and Recovery.

Sinead has been involved in numerous practice and quality improvement initiatives in Surgical Services and facility wide. In particular Sinead has taken the lead in developing and implementing the Massive Blood Transfusion Protocol across the facility. This involved leading a team to research best practice in patient blood management during an emergency and communicate this information and gain consensus with all stake holders in the multidisciplinary team. This led to the development and implementation of a protocol, data collection form and auditing tool and has improved practice related to Massive Transfusion right across the facility. This project is reflective of Sinead’s capacity to professionally develop and extended her knowledge in project and change management, stakeholder engagement and the analysis of data to inform and influence business decision making and quality and safety improvements.

Sinead is an integral part of the management Nursing Team within the Surgical Services. She works closely with the highly professional multidisciplinary team to provide a high standard of patient centred care. She strives to improve her skills and the skills of her colleagues. Sinead is interested in technology and making it available for our patients.  She is committed to St Vincent's Private Hospital and she wishes it to do well. She looks for ways to improve the business and advance optimal patient care.

Biog of Aidan Coleman 
I arrived in Australia in 2002 with my degree from the University of Limerick in my back pocket and couple of years experience to-boot! Since then, I've spent the last 15 years building a career in a technology to a point where I am now a recognized technology leader in Australia, with a significant track record for delivering technology-enabled change that has contributed directly to commercial outcomes in both digital media and commercial property / realestate industries.

My last 6 years have been in Property and Real Estate, where I have lead the digital transformation at both Charter Hall Group (now) and previously at the Stockland Group.

As Chief Technology Office and Head of Business Transformation, I am a key member of the EXCO at Charter Hall providing leadership and direction for all strategic & operational technology activities. Charter Hall are a $20Bn+ commercial real estate business managing approx. 400 assets across Retail, Office, Industrial / Logistics and Hospitality sectors.

I am an active contributor to the health of technology innovation globally, representing Australia on the advisory board for the ‘Realcomm’ global real estate innovation think-tank, also I lead the Commercial stream of the Business Council of Australia ‘Innovation Nation’ initiative. I provide coaching an mentoring to a Sydney based Irish founder led start-up called NuaMedia, helping them to develop and execute strategy, business plans and create scale as a young Irish-Australian business.

Along the way I'm proud to have developed and mentored some wonderful people (both within Irish community and outside) and am currently an active mentor in the the ‘Women in Property’ PCA program as well as the IACC mentoring program. I'm also proud to have been able to contribute to the 'grass roots' Irish community here in Sydney through my coaching and mentoring role with NSW GAA.

I'm very proud to be an Irishman in corporate Australia and try to both represent and contribute to the Irish community at every available opportunity. For putting the Irish flag on the top of Australian tech thought leadership - I'm seeking your nomination!!

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