As the discussion on gender quotas takes off, here are five female sports administrators making their mark…
Suzanne Eade is the group chief financial officer of Horse Racing Ireland. She has control over one of the largest expenditure accounts in Irish sport and is key to the liaison between the sport and its many stakeholders including Government through the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund.
Working alongside CEO Brian Kavanagh over the past 12 months she has been a key player on projects including the Curragh Racecourse redevelopment and the growth of the Champions’ Weekend to a €4.5 million event. Eade joined Horse-racing Ireland last year from Boots Retail Ireland where she was finance director. She has also held senior roles in the multinational sector including with Procter and Gamble.
Siobhan Earley is head of player development and a member of the senior management team at the Gaelic Players Association. With the new commercial deal signed between the Association and the GAA, there will be a greater resource available then ever before to ensure the wellbeing and development of senior footballers and hurlers as people and leaders within communities. Earley will be a key driver in how that is put to best use. She is an active participant and representative for the GPA in EU Athletes and the Professional Players Federation and was recently involved in the publication of the first EU guide on the management of Dual Careers for Athletes. She was the lead delegate in establishing internal board and financial support for the WGPA and also developed the multi-award winning “We Wear More” mental health and wellbeing campaign alongside her work in player development.[…]