The founder of the IAF in 1998, Des has long been established as a highly respected fiddle player in demand both in Britain and Ireland. From a well known Leeds musical family, he studied in Voluntary Sector Management which enabled him to develop the skills to grow the organisation considerably.
An experienced teacher, Des has lectured at Newcastle and Limerick Universities and has also served on the board of the Irish Government Emigrant Support Programme Advisory Committee.
Chris joined the IAF in 2005. After teaching Social Science and Irish Studies in Birmingham, Chris taught in a school in the West of Ireland for two years. This experience as well as his considerable experience performing in various acts all over the world ideally placed him to develop the activities and programmes at the IAF. Chris is also much in demand as an accompanist both on piano and guitar.
Chris served for two years on the board of directors for Resourcing the Community, a registered charity in Leeds and is a director of Seven Arts Centre, the impressive arts space in Chapel Allerton, Leeds.
Aside from being an accomplished guitarist, Christy maintains the website on a consultancy basis and regularly takes part in Foundation events.
Roisin graduated in Events Management at Leeds Metropolitan University 2013 and has worked for the Irish Arts Foundation on a number of projects, in particular researching the Irish community in Leeds for the Untold Stories Project. Roisin also plays the fiddle and performs regularly with the Leeds branch of Comhaltas.
Steve is the Irish Arts Foundation Finance Officer. He works for West Yorkshire Accounting Services and has considerable experience in charities accounting.
Alison is currently working in an organisational development capacity for the Irish Arts Foundation having previously worked with The Department for Communities and Local Government.
Board of Trustees
Non Executive TrusteesKevin Mullowney