The Year of Inclusion in Aviation 2020

Ireland is globally recognised as a leading hub for aviation. The industry contributes a significant €4.1bn to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and supports 42,000 direct jobs. This strong and vital sector includes industry leaders in each of the core aviation segments. As the industry continues to grow, a key challenge is in building and developing a more inclusive and diverse workforce. This is vital for leveraging diversity of thought and building a sustainable pipeline of talent into the future.

In response to this challenge, industry, supported by government, and in partnership with the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion, has committed to delivering the ‘Year of Inclusion in Aviation 2020’. The aim is to build awareness and collaboration in the industry in 2020 and beyond. The project is aligned with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s principle goal: “To foster the growth of aviation enterprise in Ireland, to support job creation and position Ireland as a recognised global leader in aviation”.

Despite the impact of Covid-19, we are continuing to engage and work with our aviation partners. We have started a Covid-19 Resource Hub for employers providing evidence-based practical tools, guidance and thought leadership, with a specific focus on inclusive practices and considerations, to help address current challenges and inform future business planning. We are moving much of our planned engagement online and have re-focused activity to support the challenges being currently faced within the industry. Due to the impact of Covid-19 we took the decision to temporarily pause the research element of the Year of Inclusion which was due to go live in mid-March 2020. We look forward to resuming our research and additional planned events when the timing is right and it is safe to do so.

DCU and Aviation Industry Inclusion Advisory Committee

The DCU Centre of Excellence established ‘The DCU and Aviation Industry Inclusion Advisory Committee’ in 2019. The purpose of the Committee is to build and grow knowledge and awareness of diversity and inclusion across the aviation industry, with an initial focus on building gender balance.

Vision

To build an inclusive industry, where everyone can be their authentic self, leveraging different points of view to achieve business success

Mission

Drive an inclusive approach to diversity across all sectors of the Irish aviation industry

Membership of the Advisory Committee

Membership of the Advisory Committee is based on ensuring representation for key stakeholders across all segments of aviation in Ireland.

  • Amelia Anderson, Chairperson, (Co-founder and President of AWAR)
  • Joseph O’Malley, Director and Senior Programme Manager, Boeing
  • Lucie Harwood, Director of Treasury, Tax and Insurance, Aer Lingus
  • Brian Drain, Chief People Officer, Dublin Airport Authority
  • Irena Badelska, AWAR Board Member
  • Gillian Kelly, Consulting Partner, KPMG
  • Rachel Hussey, Partner, Arthur Cox – 30% Club representative
  • Orla Benson, Aircraft Leasing Ireland (ALI representative)
  • Ryanair, representative to be confirmed
  • Cathy Mannion, Commissioner, Commission for Aviation Regulation
  • Ronan Gallagher, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
  • Deirdre Forrest, Irish Aviation Authority
  • Paul Sheridan, CEO, AMCK Aviation

DCU Research and Advisory Team

  • Sandra Healy, Director, DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Pippa Halley, Research and Project Lead, DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Dr Cathal Guiomard, Assistant Professor Aviation Management, DCU Business School
  • Dr Marina Efthymiou, Assistant Professor in Aviation Management, DCU Business School
  • Andrew MacIntrye, Adjunct Professor for Aviation Management, DCU Business School

The Aviation Industry Year of Inclusion Overview

  • The Aviation Industry Year of Inclusion, is an initiative driven by the Advisory Committee
  • The initiative will be a kick-off point to continue to drive inclusion across the industry and not a once-off activity
  • It will provide a baseline of knowledge and awareness for the industry to drive diversity and inclusion with an initial focus on building gender balance
  • It will share good practice and provide a roadmap for continued progress
  • The activities will be led by the DCU Aviation Faculty and DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Funding for the initiative will come from industry participants, led by Advisory Committee members

Outputs During the Year of Inclusion

The Advisory Committee has set four goals to establish a firm foundation for continued activity. Outputs during the Year of Inclusion will be driven across each of these four goals, underpinned by a public commitment in the form of an Inclusion Pledge, which commits signatories to demonstrating inclusion in their organisations through specific actions. This may develop over time into a Voluntary code for industry, linked to Balance for Better Business goals.

Research

Scope the current state and use data to provide a benchmark and to drive change

Engagement

Provide thought leadership through events and workshops to build inclusion

Advisory and Consulting

Leverage existing knowledge to accelerate progress

Learning

Build knowledge and action plans through targeted and specific development

Industry commitment demonstrated by signing an Inclusion Pledge which commits signatories to specific actions

Contribution Levels

The project is funded by industry partners. Please get in touch for more information.

Founding Partner *

  • Founding Partner branding
  • Host branded events and workshops, leaders circles
  • Keynote opportunities
  • Up to 4 complimentary seats, Women in Aviation Leadership Development programme
  • Organise case studies
  • Complimentary advisory and consulting
  • Media and PR exposure
  • SDGs: diversity and inclusion mapping

* Maximum of 10 founding partners

Partner

  • Partner branding
  • Participate in events and workshops
  • Keynote opportunities
  • Discounted seats, Women in Aviation Leadership Development programme
  • Discounted advisory and consulting
  • Media and PR exposure
  • SDGs: diversity and inclusion mapping

Sponsor

  • Sponsor branding
  • Participate in events and workshops
  • Discounted seats, Women in Aviation Leadership Development programme
  • Media and PR exposure

For further information:

Sandra Healy

DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion

T: 086 827 0074

E: coe.diversityinclusion@dcu.ie

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