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State Boards in Ireland 2015 - Views from the Boardroom Table

Research Reports

'State Boards in Ireland 2015 - Views from the Boardroom Table' details the findings of research carried out in November 2015 among 77 members of the Institute of Directors in Ireland (IoD) holding positions on State boards in Ireland.

The report coincides with the first anniversary of the publication of new guidelines on the appointment process to State boards announced by Minister Brendan Howlin TD in November 2014 and the findings, where relevant, are analysed against the results of a previous survey conducted with IoD members holding State board positions in 2012 and published in the report, “State Boards in Ireland 2012 – Challenges for the future”.

Key results:

  • 70% of State board members say the appointments process is fair and transparent compared to just 26% of the same opinion in 2012
  • 65% say new regime has increased transparency and improved confidence in the appointments process to State boards
  • 77% consider their State board to be sufficiently diverse
  • Almost two thirds of State boards have achieved the 40% gender target
  • Over half say that there are areas where their board requires additional training
  • A third want more defined independence for State boards from the political system
  • 68% of State board members consider remuneration unreflective of work involved