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About Us

State Boards is part of the Public Appointments Service, the centralised provider of recruitment, assessment and selection services for the Civil Service, Local Authorities, the Health Service Executive, An Garda Síochána and public bodies.

The process to identify eminently qualified candidates is open and transparent. We are privileged to support the Irish Government and our clients to deliver high-quality governance and accountability through the appointment of diverse, talented and committed board members who reflect the diversity of the society it serves.

Our work is guided by NUA, our Statement of Strategy 2020 to 2023.

The NUA Strategy provides an ambitious plan and supporting framework to achieve the targets we have set ourselves which will ultimately mean that we deliver top quality talent for the Irish public service. The strategy emphasises our commitment to supporting our staff, clients and candidates during these extraordinary times, facilitating remote-working and delivering our recruitment services through digital channels.

We are committed to ensuring that our public service reflects the diversity of society that it serves


A Message from our Chief Executive, Shirley Comerford



“We are committed to delivering high calibre and eminently qualified candidates for a wide range of State Boards, commercial, non-commercial, regulatory, voluntary and other public bodies. We do this by engaging new and diverse audiences, built on our unique position of recruitment for the public sector”

Shirley Comerford

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2021-2023

In March 2021, the Public Appointments Service launched its first ever Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. This provides a roadmap to realise the ambition of recruiting a public service that better represents Irish society.



Download it here



The three key strategic priorities identified include;




Greater knowledge and
understanding of diversity
in the recruitment market
and the Irish Public sector



Recruitment and selection
processes that encourage and
enable access to candidates
from diverse background



Our culture models best
practice in ED&I and we
support our clients in building
inclusive workplaces