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At present three RDA board members are black or ethnic minority women, which represents 2.5 per cent. of total representation.
The Department is fully committed to strengthening the diversity of the RDA boards. Each year, awareness-raising events are run and information is distributed to appropriate organisations and other interested bodies in the regions. All of the material for these posts stresses that these appointments are made on merit and that applications from women, those from ethnic minority backgrounds and the disabled would be particularly welcome.