It is with sorrow that we have learned of the passing of our esteemed former chairperson Francis (Frank) Woodley Peard, in his 100th year.
Having joined Guinness in Dublin in 1939, Frank worked in the Accountant’s Department before spending 18 months studying in the United States, from where in addition to working and studying he wrote on business matters for The Irish Times and the IMI. On return to Dublin, he rose to be Assistant Chief Accountant before being appointed a Director of Guinness (Dublin) in 1972, and Deputy Managing Director Guinness of Guinness Ireland in 1977. He retired in 1981 and became a Trustee of the Iveagh Trust in that year.
With his appointment as Chairman of the Trust in 1993, he became the first non-member of the Guinness family to hold that position. He served with distinction until 1998, and he is remembered with fondness by those in the Trust who worked with him. The Iveagh Trust would like to extend its sincerest sympathies to his family and friends.