What Role has Flexible Working in Achieving Gender Equality?
This is the third of five events in The Solutions Series, taking place as part of the 2020 WorkEqual campaign.
The event will be introduced by Sonya Lennon, founder of the WorkEqual campaign.
The panel will be MCed by Stephen Kinsella, economist and media commentator, and they will discuss the role of flexible working in achieving gender equality.
- Dr. Orlaigh Quinn, Secretary General, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.
- Andrew Barnes, Innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist; founder of 4 Day Week Global and the 4 Day Week Global Foundation; sits on the advisory boards of both the US and Ireland 4 Day Week campaigns and the board of the newly created Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University.
- Margaret Cox, Director I.C.E. Group, Pitman Training & Western Management Centre.
- Sue Ferns, Senior Deputy General Secretary at Prospect, the UK union for professionals.
The WorkEqual campaign is an initiative of the Dress for Success Dublin charity, and is sponsored by Permanent TSB and SOLAS.
Andrew Barnes Founder of 4 Day Week Global and the 4 Day Week Global Foundation; a member of the advisory boards for both the US and Ireland 4 Day Week campaigns and the board of the newly created Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford UniversityAndrew BarnesFounder of 4 Day Week Global and the 4 Day Week Global Foundation; a member of the advisory boards for both the US and Ireland 4 Day Week campaigns and the board of the newly created Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University
Innovator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Andrew Barnes has made a career of market-changing innovation and industry digitisation. Most recently, in New Zealand, Andrew triggered a revolution of the entire fiduciary and legal services industries. Andrew is also the founder of Perpetual Guardian which has had positive implications both locally and globally.
The result has seen him establish 4 Day Week Global and the 4 Day Week Global Foundation with his partner, Charlotte Lockhart, which made headlines around the world. Their vision for this is to provide a community environment for companies, researchers, academics, and interested parties to be able to connect and advance this idea as part of the future of work. Through this work he is on the advisory boards of both the US and Ireland 4 Day Week campaigns and the board of the newly created Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University.
Andrew is also a director of Complectus Limited and a director of Coulthard Barnes, he is also the chair of both the Regional Facilities Auckland board and the publicly listed New Zealand payroll provider, PaySauce.
Earlier in his career, Andrew led a successful career in real estate in Australia and was chairman of RealEstate.com.au. He later became CEO of Bestinvest, a US$5.7billion, UK-based investment management and advisory company. He was managing director of Australian Wealth Management Limited, a major Australian wealth management and trustee business. Andrew holds an MA from Selwyn College, Cambridge and an ACIB (UK), and has attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.
Dr. Orlaigh QuinnSecretary General of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation
As Secretary General of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland, Dr. Orlaigh Quinn advises Government and leads the Department and its offices and agencies in promoting the creation of high-quality and sustainable full employment; by championing enterprise, supporting and incentivising a competitive and innovative research and enterprise base, negotiating international trade agreements and promoting fair and competitive employment and markets.
A career civil servant, she has held leadership positions across several public bodies; spearheading reform of Ireland’s public and civil service at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and as Head of Corporate and Head of National Pensions in the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. She has also led on EU and International Affairs and served as an expert adviser on employment and social policy at the European Commission.
She is a former Visiting Research Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and holds a Masters in Public Management and a Doctorate in Governance from Queen’s University Belfast. She is the author of two books on public policy topics.
Margaret CoxDirector I.C.E. Group, Pitman Training & Western Management Centre
With over 35 years of business experience, Margaret is a director of I.C.E. Group – the business solutions provider that were the first Company in Ireland to implement the 3 day week-end / 4 day work week for all employees.
She also owns and manages Pitman Training Centres in Galway, Sligo, and Limerick.
From 1997 to 2007 Margaret served as a member of Seanad Eireann. During her tenure as a Senator, Margaret addressed the UN in Geneva, in relation to the Status of Women in Ireland
Currently she is a member of the West Regional Skills Forum, and has just recently joined the IBEC Regional Committee for the West of Ireland, and the IBEC National Council.
She has participated as a mentor, business consultant and HR consultant with many organisations over the past 35 years.
Sonya LennonWorkEqual campaing founder
Sonya Lennon has thirty years’ experience in business as a creative director, designer, broadcaster, entrepreneur and strategic consultant. A multi award winning Social Entrepreneur, Sonya founded global not for profit initiative Dress for Success in Ireland seven years ago and has successfully supported over 3,000 women into employment and economic independence.
Through her advocacy work, she has campaigned at a European level for equality in the workplace for women by addressing the Gender Pay & Opportunity Gap.
Her womenswear brand Lennon Courtney, now sells Internationally through a licensing agreement with Dunnes Stores and has seen exponential growth. Sonya is a founder and board member of LIFT Ireland, Leading Ireland’s Future Together who’s mission is to improve the levels of leadership in Ireland by reaching 10% of the population with its roundtable model.
Sonya is solution focussed, iterative and innovative but always grounded by a value in human relationships and understanding how to unpick and maximise the potential of business and people.
Her podcast with business partner Brendan Courtney, Lennon Courtney Left Alone tackles big issues like Money, Age, Purpose and Love. It is a window into a world of conversations they have when they’re left alone.
Stephen KinsellaEconomist and media commentator
Stephen Kinsella is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Limerick; Senior Fellow at the Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne, Australia; and Research Associate at the Rhodes Centre for International Finance at Brown University.
His research uses national accounting data to make better models. He is also interested in the economics of small open economies like Ireland, and health systems research.
Stephen is Chief Economics Writer for The Currency news, and, for four years, was a columnist with the Sunday Business Post. He has also written for the Guardian, the New York Times, and the Irish Independent. He has twice won Economic Commentator of the Year for his columns.
Sue FernsSenior Deputy General Secretary at Prospect, the UK union for professionals
Sue’s responsibilities in Prospect include leading the union’s work across the energy sector, climate change and gender equality.
Sue is a member of the TUC General Council and Executive Committee, chair of the Women’s Committee and a TUC Aid Trustee. She is the General Council’s lead on environment and sustainability.
She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Chair of Unions 21, a member of the Institute for Future of Work’s Equality Taskforce and a board member of Talent Retention Solutions (TRS).