Chief Executive and founder of the IAF in 1998, Des has long been established as a highly respected fiddle player in demand both in Britain and Ireland. An experienced teacher, Des has lectured at Newcastle and Limerick Universities and Leeds College of Music and has also served on the board of the Irish Government Emigrant Support Programme Advisory Committee
Steve is the Irish Arts Foundation Finance Officer. He works for West Yorkshire Community Accounting Services (WYCAS) and has considerable experience in charities accounting. Unique in West Yorkshire, WYCAS has been operating since 2000. In that time they have built up an excellent track record for providing financial management training and accounting services particularly within the voluntary and community sector.
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.
Aside from being an accomplished guitarist, Christy maintains the website on a consultancy basis and regularly takes part in Foundation events. Christy is a software developer with well over 15 years experience in developing websites, web based software services and mobile applications for both Android and iOS. www.developd.co.uk
From a background in Housing Management and Social Care, Jim is working with the IAF team in the development of the Irish Men’s Cultural and Reminiscence Project as part of the Irish Elders Cultural Project.
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.
From a background in environmental management, Gerry has taken a career and lifestyle change now working as a freelance artist from his Liverpool studio overlooking the mountains of north Wales. His critically acclaimed work includes images for The Leeds Gathering since 2014 and images for a number of our events throughout the year.
Leeds based freelance artist, and fine art practitioner, Paula Storr is our new Celtic artist for the Schools & Out of School Workshops as part of our IAF Educational Programme.
Board of Trustees
Non Executive TrusteesKevin Mullowney