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PAI are delighted to share a word from keynote speaker, Siobhán McKenna, ahead of our Annual HR Conference 2022: Building the Workforce of the Future – An Inclusive Approach to Talent Management

Our HR conference 2022 will ensure our clients are kept up to date on the latest insights, trends, and solutions for HR Professionals across the Irish Public Sector for the year ahead.

A word from Siobhán:

“It is a real honour to be presenting the keynote address at this year’s PAI Annual HR Conference: ‘Building the Workforce of the Future – An Inclusive Approach to Talent Management’ and I am really looking forward to it. is the centralised provider of recruitment services for the civil service. We also provide recruitment services for the most senior roles in local authorities, leadership positions and medical consultant roles for the HSE, An Garda Síochána, and a range of specialist professional and technical roles throughout the public sector. We also we help identify suitable people for consideration by Ministers for appointment to State Boards.

We fully understand that attracting and retaining a diverse and engaged workforce is a key factor in delivering on the reforms required to meet the challenges ahead for this country. We also understand that a civil and public service energised by the contribution of employees from all sectors of society will lead to more innovative, productive workplaces and more responsive and inclusive public policies, programmes and services. During my presentation I will be talking about our ED&I strategy, and some of the activity under way at as we work to acquire greater knowledge and understanding of diversity in the recruitment market and the Irish public sector specifically, we are working with the ESRI on an Equality Monitoring Data Dashboard. We are partnering with Deloitte to conduct an ED&I Diagnostic review of all our processes and polices to ensure our recruitment and selection processes encourage and enable access for candidates from diverse backgrounds. Finally in our role as trusted partner, to ensure we model best practice in ED&I in our own organisation while supporting our clients to continue creating more inclusive workplaces, we have been piloting a new way to engage our staff with innovative software tool, Inclusio.

I look forward to seeing you all there!”

Siobhán McKenna, Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at


About Siobhán

Siobhán is the Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at, the primary recruiter for the civil  service. Siobhán returned to Dublin last year after spending 20 years in the non-profit and public sectors in London. She initially worked in international development at the Open Society Institute, where her policy and advocacy work focused on supporting the global fight against HIV/AIDS. In 2009 she joined Greater London Authority, the regional government for London, where she developed and delivered programmes for disadvantaged young Londoners. Later, moving to London’s Violence Reduction Unit, she led the Unit’s £7m education programme.

During the last decade at City Hall Siobhán developed and delivered the workplace equality, diversity and inclusion priorities for the Mayor of London and the key front-line public sector organisations within the Mayor’s remit (including Transport for London, London Fire Brigade, the Met Police).
In 2018 she led the policy work on improving the representation of women in leadership roles in her organisation, developing progressive HR polices, as well as a positive action sponsorship programme for women, helping to reduce City Hall’s gender pay gap in 2020 to less than 1%.

Siobhán holds a Batchelors degree in International Social Science from UCD and a Masters in Ethnic and Racial Studies, from Trinity College.

For our full agenda or to register for this event, please visit our Annual HR Conference Event Page.