Our team comprises category experts, strategic partners and a dedicated
and passionate staff of both full time employees and super-star volunteers.
The work of all of our staff, supporters and partners is guided by our
management team and board of trustees – underpinned by our common
goal to preserve our heritage and create sustainable benefits for
local communities.

Directors of the Trust

Anne O’Donoghue
Company Secretary

Anne has worked in the financial services sector for the past 26 years.  She is a Member of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland, the Securities Institute and the Life Insurance Association and is an active supporter and patron of the arts both in Dublin and London.

Christopher Ridgway

Christopher gained his PhD in 1988, and has been curator at Castle Howard in Yorkshire since 1985. He is Chair of the Yorkshire Country House Partnership and serves on a number of boards in the UK including the Attingham Trust. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates at Maynooth University.

Matt McNulty

Matt McNulty has experience spanning over 35 years in the heritage, tourism and travel industries. He was Director General of Bord Fáilte before setting up an international consultancy. Matt has served on many Government bodies and committees dealing with tourism, transport, education, urban renewal, conservation, heritage and taxation policies. He was also a co-founder of the People in Need Trust Charity and has had a long involvement with Temple Bar and Malahide Castle. He currently serves on a number of Boards.

John Crowe

John is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kestrel Capital. He has over 30 years experience in the financial services sector advising Individuals, Family Offices, Corporations, Charities and Pension Funds on all aspects of strategic investment planning and asset allocation.
John has held a number of senior roles in major international corporations during his career including Head of the Private Client division of the Investment Bank of Ireland and Director of the Personal Financial Services division of KPMG Ireland. He joined Merrill Lynch in 2000 to set up and develop the banks Irish Wealth Management business. As a Senior Vice President of Merrill Lynch he chaired the Advisory Council to Management in EMEA, this group was charged with guiding and setting front office strategy for the region. He was a member of the Executive Leadership Team of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Ireland and responsible for the successful transition in 2014 of the Wealth Management business to Julius Baer where he held the role of Managing Director and senior advisor of the Irish business.
John is a Director of Orbis International (Ireland), a charity devoted to transforming lives through access to quality eye health.

Susie Tinsley

Susie Tinsley was a Trustee of the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation (London) from 2012 – 2015, where she was successful in developing community partnerships and raising the Foundation’s profile. She has extensive experience in  fundraising for a variety of organisations across charitable and arts sectors in Ireland the UK and USA having supported the work of Ashoka, the Royal Academy of Arts and St. Cuthbert’s Day Centre and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  Susie also brings a wealth of experience in developing campaigns and high profile events across these sectors. She has a lifelong passion for art, literature and history.

Madeleine Taylor-Quinn

Madeleine was Mayor of Clare 2008-09, Fine Gael Group Leader in Clare County Council, Member of Strategic Policy Committee of Clare County Council focusing on Community and Cultural Development Policy. She is also a Member of Clare Vocational Educational Committee, Member of the Management Board of Eiri Corca Baiscinn, as well as a Member of the National Forum for Europe.

Paul Haran

Paul Haran was Secretary General of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment from 1997 to 2004 and Chaired the UCD School of Business from 2005 to 2014. He is a member of a number of boards including Glanbia Plc, Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, Edward Dillon, Drury Communications and the Mater Private Hospital.

Caroilin Callery

Caroilin is a Director of a number of successful property and childcare businesses.  She is also a Director of the Westward Group, the company that saved Strokestown Park in the late 1970’s. She is recognised for her work to build connections and international recognition for Strokestown and Roscommon to many universities and institutions across the world. These include very successful partnerships with Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, Boston College and the University of Toronto.

Mark Henry

Mark has over 15 years’ experience in the tourism sector and is currently Central Marketing Director of Tourism Ireland. He has a strong background in business strategy and consumer marketing – his team’s work having been awarded five All Ireland Marketing Awards in recent years. Mark was previously a board member of the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation and is a Vice President of the European Travel Commission.

Our Management Team

Kevin Baird
Chief Executive Officer of The Irish Heritage Trust

Kevin Baird has worked in heritage and tourism projects for 25 years. Kevin started as an architect in private practice in the late 1980s and over the next decade his voluntary effort in heritage and community activities developed into full time work. He set up the Heritage Lottery Fund operation in Northern Ireland in 1998 and enjoyed the role until 2006 when he established the Irish Heritage Trust operation in Dublin.

John O'Driscoll

John O’Driscoll
General Manager, Strokestown Park House and the Irish National Famine Museum

John O’Driscoll joined the team in Strokestown Park in 1998 where he had responsibility for the ongoing restoration of the Walled Gardens. John has played a key part in further restoration projects in Strokestown Park including the Gentlemans’ Study/ Darkroom, the Family Mausoleum, the Courtyard Project and Woodlands. He has also worked with Dr Ciaran Reilly in organising the International Famine Conference in Strokestown Park for the past 5 years.

John is a director of Houses, Castles and Gardens of Ireland and was Chairman of this organisation between 2011 and 2013. John is now working with The Irish Heritage Trust to continue to safeguard Strokestown Park and The Irish National Famine Museum into the Future.

Victoria Tammadge General Manager Fota House

Victoria Tammadge
General Manager, Fota House, Arboretum and Gardens

Victoria Tammadge joined the team at Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens in 2015 as Events and Volunteers coordinator. With a background in events in the Irish Craft sector, Victoria has a long history of working with creative groups and NGOs.

Victoria is thrilled to be working among a dedicated team of people at Fota House, running an impressive events programme, award winning volunteer initiative and comprehensive tour schedule, to continue to share and protect this beautiful property for future generations.