Trinity College Dublin’s Inaugural Alumni Awards

Posted on: 22 October 2007


The CEO of the Office of Fair Trade in the UK, John Fingleton and  former CEO of  Atlantic Philanthropies, John Healy  were among four  recipients of   Trinity College’s Inaugural Alumni Awards which were presented in Trinity College on  Friday, October 19th last.  The other awardees included the international developer and Ireland ‘s former Honorary Consul General in Singapore , Dr Stanley Quek, as well as renowned actor Ingrid Craigie. They were presented with the awards in recognition of their achievement in their respective fields and the contribution they have made both in Ireland and internationally. This is the first year TCD has organised the Alumni Awards and the awardees for 2007 were selected by a committee chaired by Dr Thomas Mitchell.

About the Awardees:

 John Fingleton

As former head of the Irish Competition Authority, John Fingleton tackled key issues such as the Groceries Order, pub licences and pharmacy restrictive practices. Two key changes associated with his period in office 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 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) U K . Under his direction, OFT has been very active and attracted wide media attention to non-competitive practices, especially in the banking and airline industries. He graduated from Trinity with a BA in 1987, where he was a Trinity Scholar and Gold Medallist. He also lectured in TCD Department of Economics for 10-years.

John Healy  

John Healy was Chief Executive Officer of The Atlantic Philanthropies (AP), 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 CEO of AP,  he led the initiative to focus the organisation’s grant-making on four areas: ageing, disadvantaged children and youth, population health, and reconciliation and human rights. He was recruited personally by Chuck Feeney in 1990 to manage his work in Ireland and went on to manage the whole organisation in 2001. Having also overseen philanthropic outreach to Vietnam , South Africa , Australia , Ireland and the US ,  he is today regarded as a leading authority on foundations and philanthropy in general. He graduated from Trinity with a BA in 1972.

Dr Stanley Quek

Dr. Stanley Quek is a former medic and 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 . Dr Quek is Executive Chairman of Region Development Pte Ltd, and the Group Managing Director and CEO of  Frasers Property in Australasia , UK and Europe . His biggest project at present is Lord Norman Foster’s first high rise residential tower, in Sydney . While not practising medicine, Dr. Quek continues to be involved in promoting medical education, particularly in Ireland . He 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. He currently sits on the Trinity College School of Medicine Tercentenary Board.  He 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. Dr Quek graduated from Trinity with an MB, MA in 1970.

Ingrid Craigie

Ingrid Craigie has had a distinguished theatre career starring in plays staged in Dublin , London and Broadway.  The most recent recipient of The Irish Times Irish Theatre lifetime achievement award, Ingrid is well known for her many appearances in premieres of plays by leading Irish playwrights such as Brian Friel, Thomas Kilroy and Hugh Leonard.  With an extensive classical repertoire, Ingrid appeared in Faith Healer and Play recently to critical acclaim. In addition to many TV appearances, including Ballroom of Romance, her film credits include, among others, The Dead, Da, Circle of Friends and A Man of No Importance.As a successful actor, Ingrid has been an exceptional ambassador for Ireland and the arts for which this country is world renowned.   Ingrid graduated with a BA from TCD in 1976.