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Apied, Mary - Founding Director and President of Trinity Foundation, the fund raising and alumni relations arm of Trinity College, retired in 2015. Member of the Board of The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), the Irish Landmark Trust, Druid Theatre, Dance Theatre of Ireland and is on the Development Committees of The Lir Academy for Dramatic Art and Kylemore Abbey. Mary has over thirty years experience of fundraising and strategic change in universities and non-profit organisations.

Barber, John, DL MRICS -chair of IGS London , director of House Mill Trust , director of Newham Music , Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London for HM the King , founding liveryman of the Arts and Scholars Livery company and trustee of its charitable trust. Chief executive officer of L M Kendon Settlement .

Browne, Victoria - Member of City Assembly House Committee; previously board member of IGS; former Collections & Museum Standards, Irish Heritage Trust; former board member Castletown Foundation.

Casey, Dr. Ruth -Elected Member of the NUI Senate and member of its Audit & Risk Committee and its Honorary Degrees Committee; elected member of Academic Council of Technological University Dublin and a member of its Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures Oversight Committee; appointed by the Department of Health to the Dental Council, and a member of its Education and Training Committee; former member of the Governance Committee of the IGF. Ruth’s expertise is in the governance and management of international partnerships, and quality assurance processes.

Cooney, Thomas (US) - Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at MedPoint Digital, Inc. In addition to being Chair of the Irish Georgian Society, Inc. Board of Directors, he is a member of the Royal Oak Society, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and benefactor to the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Juvenile Protection Association; he supports global conservation, education and social charities.

Lucey, Dr. Conor - Architectural and design historian; Associate Professor in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin

McCarthy, Dr. Tom - Managing Director, McCarthy Developments (Cork) Ltd., and co-owner of the McCarthy Group; former board member of Irish Heritage Trust; gained a Doctorate in Business Administration (2015), a Masters in Business Administration (1996) and B.A Economics (1987) from University College Cork. Past President of the MBA Association of Ireland, a former director of the Irish Heritage Trust and director of the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival.

Moorhead SC, Sara - Barrister, Member of the Council of the Bar of Ireland from 2013 to 2017 as a Senior Counsel, and previously a member of the Counsel of the Bar of Ireland as a Junior Counsel from 1995 to 1999. Former member of the Education Committee of the King’s Inns between 1995 and 2017, and of the Standing Committee of the Council of the King’s Inns from 2014 to 2017. Sara was elected as a Bencher of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns in 2015 and sits on the Boards of Irish National Opera and the Denham Fellowship.

Murray, Peter, B.A., M. Litt, Ph.D. (hc) - Artist and art historian, former director, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork (retired 2017); co-editor Vol V, Art and Architecture of Ireland (RIA 2014); honorary doctorate UCC 2019; longtime contributor to Irish Arts Review and other publications, member IGS City Assembly House Exhibition Committee 2018 to present.

Symes, Glascott - Retired Deputy Headmaster of The King’s Hospital, Dublin, graduate of Trinity College Dublin in science and of the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates at Maynooth University in Historic House Studies. Member of the IGS Membership & Events Committee.

Scott, Dermot - Retired Head of the European Parliament Office in London and former official of the Institute of Public Administration; former member of the Royal Dublin Society’s Standing Committee of Arts

Sweeney, Charlie - Chartered Accountant, and retired Director with EY Financial Services Group; Fellow of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants in England and Wales; Treasurer of the Irish Georgian Foundation; member of the IGF Audit &Risk and Governance Committees.

Wall, Michael - Chairman of the Irish Georgian Foundation. Practising barrister, architect (FRIAI) and planner (MIPI); MBA Smurfit Business School at UCD. Board member National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) and Abbey Theatre. Former board member, An Bord Pleanála, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and Irish National Opera. Trustee of Simpson's Hospital, Dublin. Founding chairperson, Wide Open Opera.


Donough Cahill, Executive Director
Oversees the strategic and day-to-day operations of the IGS and works with the Irish Georgian Foundation’s Committee of Management, its standing committees and working groups and with the Society’s North America and UK based membership in this regard.

Sir David Davies, President Irish Georgian Society
A banker by profession, Sir David started his business career in 1963 with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, and then with Hill Samuel, the leading English merchant bank in New York and then London. In 1973 he became Finance Director of MEPC. He moved to Hong Kong in 1983, becoming a director of Jardine Matheson and managing director of Hong Kong Land and returned to London in the late 1980s where he became chief executive of Hill Samuel. In the 1990s he served both as Chairman and Chief Executive of Johnson Matthey and was subsequently appointed as Chairman of EFG Private Bank Ltd in London from 1999 to 2006. He was awarded the Knights Bachelor in the 1999 New Year’s Honours List. Sir David lives in Abbey Leix, Co. Laois, which he has carefully and judiciously conserved and restored. He also restored his family home at Killoughter in Co. Wicklow.

Primrose Wilson CBE, Vice-President Irish Georgian Society
Chair of IGS Grants Committee, former board member of the Irish Georgian Foundation from 2011-2017 and vice-Chair from 2014-17; founding Chair of the Irish Follies Trust, former President of Ulster Architectural Heritage, and former Director of the Ulster Historic Churches Trust.

Elizabeth Dater, IGS Inc board representative
Retired Managing Director, Angelo, Gordon & Co., board member of Irish Georgian Society Inc., The New-York Historical Society, NYU Langone Medical Center, The New York Community Trust, Prep For Prep, and ShareGift USA.

Updated - February 2022