Boards Watch – Room At The Top

How many companies in Ireland are really BENEFITTING from the SKILLS that WOMEN can bring? …

The go-to topic now is of course how to get more women on boards. While many women in business seek non-executive roles, it can be a very process-driven job that won’t play to everyone’s strengths. How many companies are really benefiting from the skills that women can bring? As The Irish Times recently reported, there is still a glaring lack of female executive directors on high-profile boards: just two boards of 50 Irish plcs listed on the ISE comprise one third women. Of these two, just one – the agrifoods business Origin Enterprises – is chaired by a woman, Rose Hynes. It’s good to see that in the non-corporate world, the Arts is leading the way. At the National Gallery of Ireland, four recent appointments to the Board of Governors and Guardians are women – Ann Prendergast, Lesley Tully, Lynda Carroll and Jacqueline Hall – bringing the total number of women on the Board to ten out of seventeen.

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