Webinar: Opportunities on Transport State Boards – creating a diverse and gender balanced culture


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 fully embraces the objectives identified in the Annex to the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies 2016: Gender, Diversity and Inclusion. It is our goal 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.

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.

Both Minister 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. 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 Department of Transport has a wide range of opportunities on its State Boards over the next 12 months, and we are committed to leading the way in how our Boards will be shaped to deliver for the citizen.


  • Eamon Ryan, Minister for Transport
  • Hildegarde Naughton, Minister of State at the Department of Transport
  • Fiona Ross, Chair of CIÉ
  • Michelle Noone, Head of Senior and Executive Recruitment, Public Appointments Service

Attend the webinar

The webinar will take place from 10.45am to 12 noon on Thursday 3 March 2022.

To attend the webinar register here

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 please go to www.stateboards.ie.