Judith Woodworth

Photograph of Council member Judith Woodward

Judith Woodworth served as Director of the National Concert Hall from 1993 until late last year. In an increasingly competitive environment she maintained the Concert Hall's ranking as Ireland's premier venue for classical music, as well as establishing its profile internationally. During her term as Director, she also extensively developed the organisation's education and outreach programmes.

Since graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, she has worked in the international music business both in London and Dublin. She was Artistic Director of the Music Festival in Great Irish Houses from 1982-1999.

In 1998 she was appointed the first Chair of the Council of National Cultural Institutions (including National Gallery, National Museum and National Theatre) and she has also served as Vice Chair of the executive committee of the Association of Chief Executives of State Agencies.

In 2002 she was appointed as a Governor of the Irish Times Trust. Judith is a founder member of the International Women's Forum and was also a member of the Irish music industry charity; the IRMA Trust.

Over the years, Judith has broadcast on RTÉ both as a solo singer, and more frequently as a contributor on a broad range of topics associated with the arts.

Judith was appointed a member of the Governing Authority of the University of Limerick in 2013 and is also a member of the board of the University of Limerick Concert Hall. She is also a Trustee of the Alfred Beit Foundation which manages Russborough House, one of Ireland's  most outstanding 18th century buildings. She is also a director of the Dublin International Piano Competition.

Date of appointment: 14 February 2011
Length of tenure: 5 years

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