The Honourable
The Irish Society

Committed to serving the community

The Honourable
The Irish Society

Organisation & Structure

The Court of The Honourable The Irish Society is effectively a Board of Trustees chaired by the Governor, traditionally a former Lord Mayor of London, an elected Deputy Governor and Members of the Court of Aldermen and Court of Common Council of the City of London Corporation.

The Grant-giving forum is the Local Advisory Committee which meets regularly in County Londonderry for that purpose and is administered by the Secretary & Representative. It consists of several Councillors from and the Chief Executive Officers of Causeway Coast & Glens Borough, Derry City & Strabane District and Mid-Ulster District Councils and is chaired by the Governor or Deputy Governor when present or – in their absence – the Society’s Secretary & Representative. The Mayor of Derry City is also a member of the Committee.

The Society’s fishing interests in the River Bann System – in particular on the Mourne and Foyle rivers – are overseen by a subsidiary Bann Division Committee, also administered by the Secretary & Representative and whose members, including those with particular game fishing expertise, are split between London and Londonderry.

Financial supervision rests with the Finance Committee which reports regularly to the Court of The Irish Society and consists of a Chairman and, currently, several Members and ex-officio Members.

Following the grant of the Supplemental Charter by the Privy Council in 2012, the number of Trustees of the Court reduced from 25 Members to 15 Members serving slightly longer terms.

The Honourable The Irish Society

Alderman Sir William Russell – Governor
Wendy Hyde – Deputy Governor
Charles Edward Lord, OBE, JP, Deputy – Deputy Governor Elect
Edward Montgomery, MBE, DL – Secretary & NI Representative

 

Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council

Cllr Ivor Wallace (DUP, Ballymoney) – Mayor
Alderman Norman Hillis (UUP, Causeway) 
Alderman Yvonne Boyle (Alliance, Coleraine)
Alderman George Duddy (DUP, Coleraine)
Mr David Jackson, MBE – Clerk & Chief Executive

 

Derry City & Strabane District Council

Cllr Sandra Duffy (SF, Ballyarnett) – Mayor
Cllr Angela Dobbins (SDLP, Ballyarnett) – Deputy Mayor
Alderman Darren Guy (UUP, Waterside)
Alderman Drew Thompson (DUP, Waterside)
Mr John Kelpie – Chief Executive Officer

 

Mid-Ulster District Council

Cllr Kyle Black (DUP, Maghera)
Cllr Brian McGuigan (SF, Carntogher)

Chair

Philip Woodhouse, Deputy

Vice Chair

James Henry George Pollard, Deputy (co-opted)

Other London Members

John David Absalom, Deputy
Wendy Hyde
Shravan Jashvantrai Joshi, Deputy
Charles Edward Lord, OBE, JP, Deputy
Oliver Sells, QC

Northern Ireland Members

David Isaac Agnew
Derek Buckley
Catherine Deery
David Laughlin
Mark Horton, MBE
Jim Wilson

Secretary & NI Representative

Edward Montgomery, MBE, DL

Chair

Charles Edward Lord, OBE, JP, Deputy

Vice Chair

Wendy Hyde

Members

Mary Durcan
Peter Gerard Dunphy
Alderman Robert Picton Seymour Howard
Eamonn James Mullally
Philip Woodhouse, Deputy

Secretary

Edward Montgomery, MBE, DL

Trustees’ Annual Report and Financial Statements

The Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ending
30 April 2022 can be viewed here.
The Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ending
30 April 2021 can be viewed here
The Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ending
30 April 2020 can be viewed here.
The Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ending
30 April 2019 can be viewed here.
The Trustees’ Report and Financial Statements for the year ending
30 April 2018 can be viewed here.
The Trustees’ Report and Financial Statements for the year ending
30 April 2017 can be viewed here.
The Trustees’ Report and Financial Statements for the year ending
30 April 2016 can be viewed here.
The Trustees’ Report and Financial Statements for the year ending
30 April 2015 can be viewed here.
The Trustees’ Report and Financial Statements for the year ending
30 April 2014 can be viewed here.