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.
Peter O'Grady Walshe
Peter is a graduate of University College Dublin and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. He has worked with KPMG in Dublin, London and Philadelphia and was previously an executive director of NCB Corporate Finance (now Investec). He has been involved in the acquisition of a number of businesses over the last 20 years and has in the past served as an executive director of Paddy Power plc and Xtra-vision Limited. Peter took over as chairman of John Paul Construction 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.
Fionnuala Croke is an art historian and has been Director/Chief Executive of the Chester Beatty museum since 2011. Prior to this, she was Keeper & Head of Collections at the National Gallery of Ireland. Fionnuala has published on a wide range of art-related subjects and has organised and curated numerous exhibitions. She holds an Honours BA (History of Art and Archaeology) from University College Dublin (UCD), a research MA (UCD) and an International Executive MBA (UCD Smurfit Business School). She is a graduate of the Getty Museum Leadership Institute in Los Angeles; and of the Smurfit Senior Leadership Programme in collaboration with the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. She also holds a Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance with the Smurfit Business School. She sits on the Council of National Cultural Institutions, and on the Board of Trinity College’s Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation.
Yvonne Shields is Chief Executive of the Commissioners of Irish Lights. Yvonne has broad and extensive experience of corporate governance requirements (private, not for profit and public), department-agency relationships and Audit and Risk Committees. She is a Chartered Director and a member of the Institute of Directors (Dublin and London). Yvonne has a Masters in Environmental Science from Trinity College and an MBA from DCU. She is currently a Board member of the Western Development Commission which focuses on the economic and social development in the west of Ireland and places a high value on creative industries. She has served on the Board of the National Research Council for Science, Technology and Engineering, BMW Operational Programme Monitoring Committee, Tourism Industry Confederation and has held numerous international appointments.