Our Team

Our team at Free From Food Awards has over 30 years of experience in the Free From world. 


John Burke: Director

John Burke is the founder of the Irish FreeFrom Food Awards. He has been a judge at the FreeFrom Food Awards UK since 2010. He is passionate about the FreeFrom industry, having been diagnosed Coeliac in 1973. John’s goal is to see the continuing growth of the Irish FreeFrom landscape and hopes the awards will encourage and recognise ongoing innovation.


Emma Clarke Conway: Awards Co-ordinator

As a lifelong coeliac, Emma brings a wealth of experience to her involvement as Awards Coordinator of the FreeFrom Food Awards Ireland, having worked in the Coeliac Society of Ireland for over 11 years. Emma established Express PR to provide PR and Marketing services to small businesses and is also Communications & Development Officer for the charity, Polio Survivors Ireland. Emma loves being a part of the freefrom community and blogs as the WellFedCoeliac on twitter.


Deanna Burke-McIlhatton: Product Co-ordinator

With a background in retail and customer service, Deanna is used to meeting challenges. She will ensure that every product will reach the Judges’ table in the manner in which the entrants intend, ensuring that each FreeFrom entry is showcased at its best. She is married with four children and is an avid cook and baker in her spare time.