Compelling business case for greater gender balance in leadership roles

by | Apr 4, 2022

Over the next decade, the construction industry must ensure it attracts and retains talent to meet current and future skills demands. Organisations that value Equality Diversity & Inclusion attract and retain the best people, perform better and ultimately are more successful. But what of our organisations and their boards?

Julie Sinnamon recently stepped down as CEO of Enterprise Ireland and in June 2021 was made co-chair of Balance for Better Business (B4BB), an independent review group established by government and tasked with improving gender balance in senior business leadership in Ireland.

BB4B was launched in 2018 and the review group is calling for a reform of the current system, ensuring more women play a role at board level and in senior leadership teams. Progressive targets have been set for 2023 with the goal of achieving an improved gender balance on the boards and senior management of companies. It has published three reports to date which can be found at

The review group has set targets over seven board and leadership measures, which will be tracked to see overall change over time. There is a compelling business case to have a greater gender balance in these roles, which Sean and Julie discuss during this webinar.

CIF Director Sean Downey. Picture: Conor McCabe Photogrphy

How to watch: EDI lunchtime webinar series

The CIF believes the construction sector is one of the most diverse but the retention of people and expansion of talent are critical to industry growth.

To begin this EDI conversation, the CIF has created a lunchtime series where the CIF team speak with a wide range of individuals from within business, policy and governance about their challenges, opportunities and ultimately their stories.

Episode 2

In conversation with Julie Sinnamon | Hosted by CIF Director Sean Downey

The webinar is available for members to view in full on the CIF training site –
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