Lucy Nugent, Chief Executive of Tallaght University Hospital and President of the European Association of Hospital Managers
Please tell us a little about yourself and your role as Chief Executive of Tallaght University Hospital?
I’m a health sector leader, passionate about contributing to meaningful initiatives with positive impact on the patient journey. Under that broad theme, I’ve worked in both public and private sectors in Ireland and Australia – one of the many benefits of a life science grounding is the varied and international opportunities it can bring!
What does diversity, equity and inclusion mean to you and why is it so important?
It means equal opportunities for people irrespective of gender, race, capacity, culture or background.
Describe your leadership style and how you “lead” others.
Generally it’s a collaborative open style but adaptive as required depending on the situation.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing female leaders today?
Balancing work and home life.
Barriers have been broken down over the years and females should leverage and avail of every opportunity.
What do you think organisations can do to support and encourage more women to take on leadership roles?
Encourage them to stay in the workforce when they have young families.
What do you think is the most important piece of advice for women who want to pursue a career as a leader?