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In recognition of International Women’s Day on 8 March, the Department of Transport is hosting a webinar to promote the benefits of gender balance, diversity and inclusion on its State Boards.

The department says it fully embraces the objectives identified in the Annex to the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies 2016: Gender, Diversity and Inclusion, and aims to attain the Government’s target of 40% gender balance on State Boards.

However, achieving this gender balance and diversity at board level remains challenging, it adds.

This event — hosted by Ken Spratt, Secretary General of the department — will focus on practical steps, demystify the process of applying for a State Board position and will provide valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities provided by board positions.

“Our aim is to attract a more gender balanced and diverse range of candidates for State Boards under the aegis of the Department of Transport, to equip those boards to deliver on their remit and enjoy the benefits that such diversity can bring,” it says.

Both Minister for Transport Eamonn Ryan and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton will contribute to the webinar “as they are both committed to continuously seeking out opportunities to drive further positive change,” the department adds.

“They recognise there is a significant pool of qualified and experienced female talent as well as candidates from other sectors of society, which would greatly enhance the culture and experience across our Transport Boards.”

This event is aimed at anyone who feels they could actively contribute to boards in the public transport, maritime, aviation and road safety arenas.

The webinar will take place from 10.45am to noon on Thursday 3 March. Also speaking will be Fiona Ross, chair of CIÉ, and Michelle Noone, head of senior and executive recruitment with the Public Appointments Service.

To attend the webinar, register via Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For more information on how to apply for State Board appointments, vsit

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