Our Organisation

The Alfred Beit Foundation owns and operates Russborough House & Parklands, its mission is to promote education in the fine arts in Ireland and to preserve and make accessible to the public the house, collections and demense. The Foundation is a company limited by guarantee, incorporated in March 1976 with charitable status granted under reference number CHY 5940. The Foundation is run by a committee that includes nominees from the Royal Dublin Society, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, the Irish Georgian Society; the National Gallery of Ireland and An Taisce as well as trustees drawn from a variety of private and public service backgrounds. 


Board of Trustees 2018

Judith Woodworth (Chair)

Judith Woodworth was Director/CEO of the National Concert Hall from 1993-2010. She served as a Council member of The Arts Council 2011-16 and as a Governor of The Irish Times from 2002-2012. She is a member of the Governing Authority of the University of Limerick and was appointed by Government as Chair of the national St Patrick’s Festival. She is a History & Political Science graduate of TCD and was awarded a Royal Irish Academy of Music Fellowship in 2016.

Eamonn Ceannt 

Eamonn Ceannt is a former Bursar/Vice President Finance and Vice President for Commercial and Capital Development at University College
Dublin. He retired from the university at the end of 2014. Eamonn works as a sculptor and as a cultural project advisor. He is Chairman of Newman House Literary Centre Ltd (Ulysses Centre), a Board member of the IE Domain Register, a Trustee of the Chester Beatty Library and an active participant in the ‘Save Moore St’ campaign.

Sean Rainbird 

Sean Rainbird is a British art historian and Director of the National Gallery of Ireland since 2012. He was Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Tate, London and Director of the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart. At NGI Sean has overseen the refurbishment of the historic Dargan and Milltown Wings which re-opened in June 2017, and resumed a temporary exhibition programme, including shows on da Vinci, Caravaggio and Vermeer.

Dr. Carmel O'Sullivan 

Professor Carmel O'Sullivan is the Director of the Arts Education Research Group in Trinity College, Dublin, and an internationally renowned speaker on arts in education. She has published widely in her field and has particular expertise in the areas of creativity and inclusivity in education. She works with researchers, academics, practitioners and participants from the worlds of academia, teacher education, health professionals, business, and community. Carmel is the TCD nominee on the ABF Board of Trustees. 

Karen Irwin 

Karen Erwin is a Mediator and a former partner in A&L Goodbody, solicitors. She was an Executive Director and General Counsel of The Irish Times and Chairperson of the Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority. Karen runs Erwin Mediation Services Ltd and was President of The Mediators' Institute of Ireland for seven years.

Klaus Unger

Following an early career working on public developments in Ireland and abroad, Klaus Unger, Architect, OPW, made notable contributions to planning and design in state complexes iincluding Dublin Castle, Government Buildings, Leinster House, National Gallery,  National Library, National Concert Hall, Chester Beatty Library, and Wexford Opera House. Now retired, he remains a Fellow of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland and retains an active interest in architectural matters. 

Consuelo O'Connor

Consuelo O'Connor was a council member of An Taise for thirty-two years and its first woman chair, she edited the 'An Taisce Journal' for five years. She served as council member of Europa Nostra for fifteen years and with the RDS for two six year periods. She was appointed by the Minister for the Environment to the board of An Foras Forbatha in 1981 and also acted as a board member of Friends Provident Life Assurance for a six year period. 

Jerry Healy 

Jerry Healy is a barrister. For a number of years he
was a member of the Board of the Irish Georgian Society and is currently the Chairman of the Committee responsible for the restoration of the City Assembly House, including the octagonal gallery of the former Society of Artists.

David Horkan

Long time Royal Dublin Society member, David  was elected to its Council and chaired the RDS Arts Committee & Visual Arts working group. He is the RDS nominee on the ABF Board of Trustees. Former Board member of the Douglas Hyde Art Gallery (Trinity College Dublin), Rotarian, Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants, and Financial Consultant, David is a senior executive with the Bank of Ireland Group. 

Ian Lumley

Ian Lumley is the Built Environment and Heritage Officer with An Taisce.

Malcolm Alexander 

Malcolm Alexxander is the Heritage Manager with ESB International. 


Our People

Eric Blatchford, CEO

Eric Blatchford, CEO

eric@russborough.ie

Frieda O'Connell, Marketing Manager

Frieda O'Connell, Marketing Manager

friedaoconnell@russborough.ie

Audrey McCreery, Sales Manager

Audrey McCreery, Sales Manager 

audrey@russborough.ie

Marian Kelly, Administrator

Marian Kelly, Administrator 

marian@russborough.ie

Pauline Swords, Curator

Pauline Swords, Curator

pauline@russborough.ie

Teresa Crowley, Development Manager

Teresa Crowley, Development Manager

teresacrowley@russborough.ie