The Alfred Beit Foundation is a company with charitable status, governed by a board of directors, who act as "trustees". The board delegates its authority to seven sub-committees, which include directors, senior management staff and co-opted advisors, to advise it on specific areas of Russborough’s operations. These include the Curatorial & Education, Development, Parklands, Business & Finance, and Nominations committees.
The board of the Alfred Beit Foundation comprises twelve members: six are appointed by An Taisce, Irish Georgian Society, National Gallery of Ireland, the Royal Dublin Society, Trinity College Dublin, and University College Dublin, together with six independent appointees.
Judith Woodworth (Chair)
Judith Woodworth was Director/CEO of the National Concert Hall from 1993-2010. She has served as a board member of the Arts Council, as a Governor of The Irish Times Trust and as chair of the national St Patrick's Festival. She is a member of the Governing Authority of the University of Limerick and chairs the board of the University Concert Hall. She is a History & Political Science graduate of Trinity College Dublin and was awarded a Royal Irish Academy of Music Fellowship in 2016.
Dr. Christine Casey
Christine Casey is a Professor of Architectural History at Trinity College Dublin with a particular interest in the relationship of architecture and decoration and the role of craftsmanship in architectural production. Her research has developed from an initial focus on Irish eighteenth-century architecture to a broader interest in European early modern architecture. In 2019 she received an Irish Research Council Advanced Laureate Award for a four-year project entitled ‘Craft value: the agency and impact of craftsmanship in the architecture of Britain and Ireland, 1680-1780’.
Karen Erwin is a workplace and commercial Mediator and a former partner in A&L Goodbody, solicitors. She was an Executive Director of The Irish Times, Chairperson of the Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority and of The Equality Authority. Karen runs Erwin Mediation Services Ltd and was President of The Mediators' Institute of Ireland for seven years. She is also a Director of Dublinia and of the Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital.
Ian Lumley is Head of Advocacy with An Taisce, one of the 70 members of the International National Trusts Organisation. His work embraces most of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2015, including global equity, health and well-being, sustainable resource use and consumption, climate action, reversal of biodiversity loss and cultural heritage.
Flor Madden is the RDS Nominee to ABF. He is an RDS Trustee, Council Member & Chair of Equestrian Committee. DHS Chief Steward of Safety since 2005, Flor is Assistant Principal & Director of Pastoral Department, Blackrock College CSSp, KHS. Director of Corporate Hospitality and Executive Chairman of Weddings at Home. He is Former Chair, Maynooth University Advisory Board.
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 (1987-2006) and Director of the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart (2006-2012). At the Gallery Sean has overseen the refurbishment of the historic Dargan and Milltown Wings which re-opened in June 2017. Since then, Sean has overseen the Gallery’s programmes, including shows on da Vinci, Caravaggio, Vermeer, Sorolla, Scully and Mondrian, as well as the Gallery’s first major photographic exhibition.
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 including 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.
Professor Joe Carthy
UCD's nominee to the Alfred Beit Foundation, Prof. Carthy has been an academic for over 30 years. He was appointed College Principal and Dean of Science in 2011, having previously served as Head of the School of Computer Science and Informatics. He is the founding Director of the UCD Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigation and is a former director and chair of NGO Camara. Prof. Carthy is a board member of CyberSafeIreland.