Abbeyleix man set to be President of Irish Georgian Society
The Irish Georgian Society is delighted to announce the appointment of Sir David Davies as its new president. Sir David takes up the post in succession to Patrick Guinness who has served the Society with distinction for several years following the death of the Knight of Glin in 2011. Sir David will commence his presidency in December and will serve for an initial three-year term.
Sir David was the founding chairman of the Irish Heritage Trust and commissioned (with the Irish Georgian Society and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht) a 2003 report on the future of Irish Country Houses (Terence Dooley, A future for Irish Historic Houses? a study of 50 houses) which remains an immensely important report. He has been a long-time member of the Irish Georgian Society, and was a director of the Irish Georgian Foundation for several years.
Educated at Winchester College, New College, Oxford, and Harvard Business School, Sir David is a banker and international businessman. He began his career in 1963 with the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and then with Hill Samuel, the leading English merchant bank in New York and subsequently in London. He was chairman of European Financial Group Private Bank Ltd in London until 2006 following a successful IPO on the Zurich Stock Exchange, and continued as a director. In 1999, he was awarded the Knights Bachelor for his work as chairman of the Advisory Committee on Business and the Environment.
Sir David lives in Ireland at Abbeyleix Estate, Co. Laois, which he has carefully and judiciously conserved and restored. He also restored his family home at Killoughter in Co. Wicklow. Sir David has been actively engaged in a number of charitable endeavours, and is currently President of Wexford Festival Opera. The Committee of Management of the Irish Georgian Foundation is delighted that he has accepted the Presidency and look forward to working closely with him to achieve the aims of the Society.
About the Irish Georgian Society
The Irish Georgian Society is a membership organisation that conserves, protects and promotes awareness of Ireland’s architectural heritage and decorative arts. The Society’s work is achieved through:
– Undertaking and supporting conservation projects relating to buildings and places of cultural heritage interest.
– Campaigning for the protection of historic structures, designed gardens and landscapes that are threatened by neglect or inappropriate development.
– An education programme that includes lectures, conferences, and tours together with publications and conservation education programmes.
The Irish Georgian Society is a registered charity in Ireland, the USA and the UK.
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