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State Boards in Ireland 2012 - Challenges for the Future

State Boards in Ireland 2012 - Challenges for the future, details the views and opinions of 45 IoD members who sit on State boards in Ireland in relation to key areas within State boards such as the appointment process, skills and diversity, induction and access to training and board performance. The research was undertaken in February 2012.

The aim of the research was to assess views and opinions in relation to key areas within State boards such as the appointment process, skills and diversity around the boardroom table, induction and access to training, as well as board performance, strategy and areas of public interest.

Key findings:

  • 74% of directors surveyed do not believe that the process of appointment to State boards is fair and transparent 
  • 64% argued that State board positions are not advertised widely enough 
  • 72% believe there should be more defined independence from the political system with regard to the process of appointment to State boards
  • Almost 50% of respondents believe that their board does not have the right mix of skills within its membership in order to deliver the agreed strategy of the organisation over the next three to five years