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29 May 2022

Kildare green entrepreneur named 2022 “Chartered Star” by Chartered Accountants Ireland

Kildare green entrepreneur named 2022 “Chartered Star” by Chartered Accountants Ireland

Fiona Smiddy, from Rathangan with Barry Dempsey, CEO Chartered Accountants Ireland. Picture: Iain White

Chartered Accountants Ireland has today named green entrepreneur Fiona Smiddy as its 2022 Chartered Star.

Now in its eighth year, the designation is awarded annually by the largest accountancy body on the island of Ireland to an individual who is doing outstanding work in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Rathangan woman is owner and founder of Green Outlook, a company that promotes sustainable living and products. Green Outlook provides a range of products to help consumers lessen their environmental impact. Each product has been sourced to help people to shop consciously. Many are plastic free, and all are made with natural ingredients and sustainably sourced. Most are sourced in Ireland, further reducing their carbon footprint.

The judging panel evaluated initial application forms and video content submissions and conducted follow up interviews to shortlist candidates and name a winner. Recognising the significant role Chartered Accountants must play in helping to combat the climate crisis, entrants were asked to demonstrate how they are working towards, supporting, or living the values of any of the 17 UN SDGs.

Fiona will now represent Ireland’s chartered accountancy profession at the One Young World summit in Manchester this September. The international Summit gathers delegates from over 190 countries, giving a platform to young leaders that are committed to making a difference, to speak alongside Presidents, Nobel Prize winners, and other inspiring global and business leaders.

Commenting Barry Dempsey, Chief Executive, Chartered Accountants Ireland said; “Congratulations to Fiona on this significant achievement, and to her fellow shortlisted candidates. Fiona follows in the footsteps of other Chartered Stars who have demonstrated passion and commitment in applying the skills and knowledge of the chartered accountancy profession in trying to address just some of the issues that the climate crisis presents. As a profession and an Institute, we are fortunate and proud to be represented on the international stage by Fiona.”

Fiona Smiddy commented; “It's an honour to represent Chartered Accountants Ireland as the 2022 Young Chartered Star and to attend the One Young World Summit as a delegate in Manchester in September. I’m really looking forward to learning from inspiring world leaders and contributing to the conversation on solutions for global social and climate issues. I’m inspired by the other finalists to continue to support action towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals alongside the Chartered community, the Irish FinBiz2030 Taskforce and my wider network.”

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