James Kennedy James Kennedy
Director - Chairman and Founder
James Kennedy is the chairman and founder of the Irish Polo Foundation. He has played Polo for over 30 years, based in the South East of Ireland. He represents Irish Polo on the Sports council for affiliates in Horse Sport Ireland and he is a director of Pentathlon Ireland.Mr Kennedy has extensive experience at senior management level and is currently the Chairman of the National Standards Authority of Ireland. He has having enjoyed a distinguished career in the facilities management, multinational healthcare and agri-services industries in Ireland.In previous roles, Mr Kennedy served as interim CEO of Horse Sport Ireland, Vice President of European Operations with Bausch & Lomb Inc and Chief Executive of Thomas McDonogh & Sons Ltd. He has also served as President of the Chambers of Commerce of Waterford; the South-East region and Ireland. A science graduate of University College Cork, he is a native of Co Limerick.
Dr James Kennedy
Director - Digital Health Executive
Dr James kennedy is a KPMG qualified chartered accountant, who then qualified as a doctor. He worked in the HSE and then at the Beacon Clinic for a number of years. He now works in the commercial world of Digital medicine. James has played Polo for Ireland as a student and now enjoys playing as a hobby.
Richard de la poer Beresford
Director - Irish Polo Captain
Richard de la poer Beresford is the Captain of Irish polo team and plays and trains with Irish thoroughbred horses. All of Richard’s polo horses are Irish Thoroughbreds. He is also the Founder & Director of Curraghmore Whiskey.
Kristina is one of the founding members of the Irish Polo Foundation and comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge. She is Chair of Curraghmore Polo Club.
Kristina has been breeding and sourcing sport horses for many years right across the globe, mainly trading in the USA, Sweden and Italy.
Her polo playing has highlighted the inequalities between the numbers of men and women taking part and she is committed to levelling out this playing field.
Kristina wishes to see women playing at all levels in polo.
Jack Gleeson is a KPMG trained, Corporate Restructuring & Business Advisory specialist. In recent times, he has held roles as chairman, interim manager, acting chief executive, business strategist and non-executive director.He advises banks on stressed loans and is engaged by accountants and solicitors to advise clients in difficult trading situations. He advises family businesses on such sensitive issues as conflict resolution and succession planning. He is an advocate of strong and fit for purpose corporate governance.In recent times, he presided over the successful establishment of the Irish Sailing Foundation securing substantial donor support in Ireland, the UK and the US.Jack was educated in Blackrock College, University College Dublin and KPMG. He has served as President of Blackrock College Past Pupils Union, Chairman of the UCD Students Club, President of the KPMG Alumni Association and Chairman of Blackrock College Rugby Football Club.For many years, he chaired the major fundraising drive to develop modern educational facilities at Blackrock College. He is a former member of the Management Board of Elm Park Golf and Sports Club where he served as Director of Finance. He is an enthusiastic sportsman with a particular interest in rugby, sailing, golf and Gaelic games.
Supporter - High Performance coach - Berkshire Polo Club
Eddie Kennedy is the High Performance Coach for Irish Polo Foundation. He is from Dublin and started his career as a stunt rider in the movies. He has painted horses all his life and exhibits in Galleries in London. He started his polo career with Memo Gracida, the famous ten goal Mexican polo player playing in the U.K.He later managed his Maple Leaf team for five years with 100 polo horses. As the Maple Team was being disbanded, Prince Jeffri of Brunei arrived in the UK as a new Patron and bought the String of horses and the Coworth Park Polo Complex. The complex was expanded and the strain increased to 200 horses. This was a great opportunity of management for Eddy to work with the best players in the world including all 7 of the famous Heguy brothers, who were rated as ten goals, which is the best handicap in the world.Later he went to Dubai where he set up a brand new polo club and equestrian centre.For the past ten years he has been teaching almost exclusively at the Berkshire Polo Club and the Guards Polo Club-near Ascot UK. In addition he has run clinics in Moscow,Zurich and India.He has started the high Performance programme in Ireland which has been set up to coach coaches, coach umpires, coach players and beginners.
Supporter - High Performance coach
Sebastian Dawnay from Waterford was the Irish Polo Captain for a number of years, he represented Ireland in the UK in Europe and the USA. As a professional player he played in 4 English gold cup finals and won one. In arena polo outdoors he won 6 gold Cups and two silver Medals out of nine years Finals.He is now a senior coach in the UK and is part of the IPF High Performance Group. Sebastian owns and manages an Art Studio based near Ascot and holds an annual art exhibition in central London.
Social Media and Marketing Manager
Laura is the Social Media and Marketing Manager for Irish Polo Foundation. Laura read Classics at the University of Newcastle, following which she travelled extensively. Back in the UK, Laura has forged a successful career in the world of Marketing, Branding and Social Media. Her love of horses has followed her everywhere and, although a novice to the sport of Polo, she is an enthusiastic participant and is keen to encourage other women and younger people to play the game.