CORK woman Helen Wycherley is focused on getting more women on State boards and in executive roles as a core plank of her 2019 presidency of Network Ireland.
As she was announced as president, Ms Wycherley said she wants to help women all around Ireland to fulfil their potential by empowering them to ‘step up and do more.’
“Due to the structure and make-up of Network Ireland, I believe we are ideally placed to encourage women to put themselves forward more and to set more ambitious targets,” she said. “Through my presidency, I want to help women to fulfil their potential by empowering them to step up and do more. That is why I’ve chosen #StepUp as the theme for 2019.”
Ms Wycherley qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young in 2007. She is a director at the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery, West Cork and the Marina Commercial Park in Cork city — both family businesses. She was previously president of the Cork branch of Network Ireland. Ms Wycherley sees Network Ireland’s mission purpose as helping women across Ireland to step up to leadership roles.
“I want to help and support our members, to do more and be more,” she said. “So this year will be all about empowering women to step up to the challenge, to be ready to seize opportunities as they arise, to be confident and go for that promotion, apply for that grant application, go on State boards or take more risks and to say “I can” not “I might” or “maybe”.
“Our mission is to lead the way for ambitious and enterprising women, support the professional and personal development of women and collaborate with government, private and non profit sectors to help women succeed.”
Established in 1983, Network Ireland now has almost 1,200 members across fifteen branches around Ireland. They also run a number of flagship national events, including an International Women’s Day Celebration and the Annual Conference and Business Awards.