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The 30% Club

The 30% Club is a group of Chairs and CEOs committed to better gender balance at all levels of their organisations through voluntary actions. Business leadership is key: this takes the issue beyond a specialist diversity effort and into mainstream talent management to achieve sustainable change.

The 30% Club formally launched in Ireland in January 2015 and has almost 200 confirmed supporters. Our focus is on gaining visible and practical support for gender balance at all levels from business leaders in private, public, State, local and multinational companies, as well as other interested groups.

Preparing Ireland's future talent for Board Services

Deloitte Ireland hosted an event in April in collaboration with 30% Club Ireland. The purpose of this event was to help prepare Ireland’s future talent for board service, and to lay the groundwork for future placements on boards. The event was attended by senior executives from leading business organisations including Marie O'Connor from 30% Club, Margot Slattery from Sedexco, Conor McClafferty from Merc, Maurice Pratt Chairman of Uniphar, Fiona Tierney of Public Service Appointmens Board and Orlagh Hunt, Non-Exec Directorof FBD.

It was a very insightful and engaging session, which emphasised the value of boardroom diversity. At Deloitte, we strongly believe that the issue of boardroom diversity is of critical importance to all of us. Boards require diversity of thought, experience, gender and background in order to continue to make well informed decisions and to provide strong oversight of management.

'Agile Working – Challenging the Status Quo'

On Wednesday 15 February, Deloitte hosted the 30% Club's first council meeting of 2017. The event, was entitled 'Agile Working – Challenging the Status Quo' and saw a panel of women and men from leading business organisations discuss the topic of agile working.

Following a welcome address from Brendan Jennings, our Human Capital Partner, Valarie Daunt spoke about the Future of Work and how organisations need to become more agile to continue to be successful.

The panel was moderated by Conor O'Leary (Company Secretary, Greencore plc) and included the following business leaders who spoke about agility in their organisations:

  • Carolina Corradi (COO, BNY Mellon)
  • Fiona Mullan (EMEA HR Director, Facebook)
  • Pat Naughton (Executive Director, Group People & Sustainability, ESB)
  • Carmel Jordan (European COO, Mercer)

Following the panel discussion, Dr. Anne Looney, CEO, Higher Education Authority, spoke about Gender Equality in Education.

The 30% Club is a global movement of international Chairs and CEOs who are committed to better gender balance at all levels of their organisations through voluntary actions. The movement seeks to gain support for gender balance in business from leaders of public, private, state and multinational companies and other interested groups.

If you would like more information on this event, please contact Orla Dignam at or phone +35314173601.

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