About Us

Balance for Better Business is an independent business-led Review Group established by the government to improve gender balance in senior leadership in Ireland.

The Review Group is examining the gender mix within the governance and senior management of companies in Ireland and the issues which arise in connection with the appointment of company directors and senior management.

The Review Group is calling for a reform of the current system to ensure more women play a role at Board level and in senior leadership teams. The Review Group has set progressive targets to 2023 for the achievement of improved gender balance on the boards and senior management of these companies. The initial focus is on public companies listed on the Euronext Dublin Markets. Subsequent reports will focus on large private companies and multinationals. The Review Group will monitor and publish progress against the targets.

Advisory Group

Simon Boucher, CEO, Irish Management Institute

Professor Niamh Brennan, Quinn School of Business, UCD

Shirley Comerford, CEO, Public Appointments Service

Sheamus Considine, Former Managing Partner, Amrop

John Corrigan, Chair, Irish Association of Investment Managers

Margaret Cullen, CEO, Certified Investment Fund Director Institute

Dermot Divilly, Chair, An Post

Colin Hunt, CEO, AIB

Rose Hynes, Chair, Origin Enterprises

Liz Joyce, HR Director, Central Bank

Caroline Keeling, CEO, Keelings

Patricia King, General Secretary, Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Gary McGann, Chair, Aryzta AG

Kara McGann, Senior Labour Market Policy Executive, Ibec

John McGrane, Director General, British Irish Chamber of Commerce

Barry O’Connor, Partner Emeritus, MERC

Orla O’Connor, Director, National Women’s Council of Ireland

Anne O’Leary, CEO, Vodafone

Tom Parlon, Director General, Construction Industry Federation

Maura Quinn, Chief Executive, Institute of Directors

Mark Redmond, Chief Executive, American Chamber of Commerce

Deirdre Somers, Former CEO, Irish Stock Exchange

Ian Talbot, Chief Executive, Chambers Ireland