About the Awardees

Ingrid Craigie B.A., (1976)

Ingrid began her distinguished career with the Abbey Theatre Company and has since starred in many roles in theatres at home and abroad, most notably the Gate, the National Theatre, Royal Court, Edinburgh Festival and on Broadway. As well as an extensive classical repertoire, she has appeared in world premieres of plays by many writers, including Brian Friel, Sarah Kane, Thomas Kilroy, Marina Carr and Hugh Leonard. In 2006 she received the Special Tribute Award for her outstanding contribution to Irish theatre at the Irish Times Theatre Awards and has recently joined the Board of Directors of the Gate Theatre. Many television and film appearances include The Ballroom of Romance, The Dead, directed by John Huston, Da with Martin Sheen, Circle of Friends.

John Fingleton B.A., (1987)

John, a Trinity Scholar and Gold Medallist, made a significant impact on College life when a student: he founded the Student Economic Review and was very active in student politics. After ten years on the staff of the Trinity Economics Department, John was appointed head of the Irish Competition Authority. During the his five-year tenure he built up the agency considerably both in terms of size and in terms of the range of issues it tackled - the Groceries Order, pub licences and pharmacy restrictive practices to name a few.

Two key changes associated with John's leadership were the introduction of major competition-related legalisation, and the creation of bridges between academic research and the implementation of competition policy. In October 2005 John was appointed Chief Executive of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) UK. John has significantly raised the profile of the OFT. Under his direction, it has been very active and attracted wide media attention to non-competitive practices, especially in the banking and airline industries.

John Healy B.A., (1972)

John was Chief Executive Officer of The Atlantic Philanthropies, the foundation established by the philanthropist Chuck Feeney, from 2001 to 2007. To date, The Atlantic Philanthropies have made grants worldwide of more than US$4 billion, including US$1 billion to the island of Ireland. As leader of Atlantic John managed the organisation's successful transition to a limited-life foundation which expects to cease active grant-making in the next decade, a unique act for a major philanthropy. John also led the initiative to focus Atlantic's grant - making on four areas: ageing, disadvantaged children and youth, population health, and reconciliation and human rights.

Having been recruited personally by Chuck Feeney in 1990 to manage his giving in Ireland, John took over the running of The Atlantic Philanthropies in 2001 and transformed the organisation from one of the most secretive in the world to one of the most open and transparent. Having also overseen philanthropic outreach to Vietnam, South Africa, Australia, Ireland and the US, John is today regarded as a leading authority on foundations and philanthropy in general.

Stanley Quek M.B., M.A., (1970)

Stanley is a medic, former diplomat, developer and designer. Once an eminent family physician in Singapore he is now better known for his association with spectacular developments in Singapore, Australia and the United Kingdom. Stanley is Executive Chairman of Region Development Pte Ltd, and the Group Managing Director and CEO of Frasers Property in Australasia, UK and Europe. With a keen interest in architecture and a sharp eye for design and detail, Stanley ensures that the properties developed by the group are cutting edge.

Whilst not practising medicine, he continues to be involved in promoting medical education, particularly in Ireland. Stanley has maintained close ties with the Irish Universities and Medical Schools Consortium, organising and recruiting appropriately qualified Singapore applicants for all the Irish medical schools since the 1980s. Stanley was the Republic of Ireland’s Honorary Consul General in Singapore serving the Irish communities in Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia in the 1990s before the Irish Embassy was established in May 2000 as a result of significant increases in Irish consular and trade activities. Recently, he was selected and agreed to sit on the Trinity College School of Medicine Tercentenary Board.