Katherine Licken is Secretary General at the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Her role overseeing the Department with responsibility for sport has been vital over the years of recovery from Covid and will continue to be so as bids are launched for the hosting of the European Championships in 2028 and the Cricket World Cup in 2030.

She has held numerous roles in public service including as an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. She was appointed to the top job in her current Department in 2017 and added sport to her responsibilities after the formation of the current Government.

Licken is a graduate of Communications Studies at Dublin City University and has a post-graduate diploma in Corporate Governance from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

See who else has been named on the list alongside Katherine Licken by clicking on the image below.




This is the tenth edition of our Sport for Business listing of 50 Women of Influence in Irish Sport.

Read more about the list and nominate who you think should be a part of it in 2022.

We are proud to do so again this year with AIG, an organisation that has pledged its commitment to equality in its partnerships with Gaelic Games, Tennis, Golf and more, for whom “Effort is Equal” and with whom we have ambitious plans to extend the reach of this annual celebration of the Women who are making a difference.

This year’s list will be drawn as before from the worlds of leadership, partnership, storytelling, and performance.

We began this journey in 2013 when challenged that we would never be able to produce a list of twenty Influential Women in Irish Sport. The 20 stretched to 30, then 40 and 50 and it still does not do justice to the talent that is out there.

This year once more, to keep things fresh we will introduce at least 30 percent of fresh names from last year. That will be the hardest part to have some names replaced but if it was too easy it would be of less value.

The list we will continue to build over the coming weeks is a snapshot of those women who are making a mark on how sport is played, consumed, grown and delivered.

They are part of making the role of women in sport unexceptional by being exceptional in what they do.