Frances Ruane, formerly Chairperson of the Crafts Council of Ireland, lectures and writes on modern Irish art and design and has presented a number of television programmes for RTE. She acts as art advisor to several Irish companies and individuals and was Art Advisor to AIB (1980-2011), where she was responsible for putting together their impressive collection of Irish art. For many years she lectured on design history at the National College of Art & Design. She was on the Board of the Crawford Gallery, Cork (2006-2008). Elected HRHA, she currently chairs the RHA School Board.