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November 16, 2017

This post was originally published on Theatre Forum's blog, on Monday 14th November 2017.

It is two years, today, since the issue of gender equality and, consequently, the lack of female representation in Irish theatre emerged onto the national stage via Twitter.  Galvanised by the significant under-representation of women’s writing in the Abbey Theatre...

February 7, 2017

 Written for Ulster Bank's Small Business Can / Business Achievers Forum

Queue lots of you reading this to recoil and say ‘No I am NOT!’. I’ve got news for you folks, we all are.

Much is being made of the role of unconscious bias training, in the wake of, well – a lot of narratives – decrying the lack of diversity and particularly gender equality. Of cou...

May 31, 2016

I have to say, as I type this, I am deeply uncomfortable with the title of the post - but there is an explanation underpinning it!  Last week, I received the "StartUp Hero" award from the StartUp Awards - in recognition of my work on female entrepreneurship, gender equality and diversity.  As a firm believer in the role we all play ...

March 15, 2016


Unconscious bias.  Two words.  Unconscious. Bias

What do you think when you hear these two words? Is it something we can control? Something we're cognisant of? Or something pre-programmed, hard-wired and deeply embedded?


In the immediate period following a stint working with the NWCI on a pilot Unconscious Gender Bias programme - I found myself...

January 18, 2016

If I had a Euro for every time I was asked why I thought there were proportionately less women in certain roles, in leadership,  in decision-making –  or indeed, why they’re often cited as earning markedly less than male counterparts – well, I’d have quite a few Euro.  Probably enough to pay for several train journeys, like the one I’m making back home...

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