Next Up

IBF Speaker lunch with Dr. Irena Edwards, the Chairman of the Czech National Trust

Monday, 23rd September, 2019 in Zatisi Restaurant

Next up is one of our very popular speaker lunches, which will take place on Monday, 23rd September, in Zatisi Restaurant.

In addition to the usual great food, drink and ambience, attendees will have the pleasure of listening and talking to Dr. Irena Edwards, the Chairman of the Czech National Trust.

Dr. Edwards is originally Czech, having emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1979.  She has also lived in France, worked in Saudi Arabia (accompanying her English husband) and now lives between Prague and London.  She qualified as an English solicitor in 1988 and spent almost 30 years of her professional life working in several prominent City of London international law firms, including Lovells, CMS and Eversheds. She also spent a year after the Velvet Revolution seconded to the DTI/ FO (paid for by Raiffeisen Bank) acting as an export advisor to the Czech Republic and another three years as an advisor to the British Government on Europe (a ministerial appointment).  In 2009/2010, Dr. Edwards was a runner-up in the UK’s ‘Business Woman of the Year in Business Services’.

On her retirement, Dr. Edwards established the Czech National Trust ( CNT), which launched in June 2014 in the Reform Club in London. The CNT has since become quite a big success story in the CR, and Irena has since been asked to become one of the Trustees and Directors of INTO (the International National Trusts Organisation), a position she still holds. She also established and runs CNTA, an English charity registered in London which supports the CNT internationally.

The Czech National Trust follows a similar format to the English National Trust, focusing on the restoration and ongoing support of national monuments and buildings as well as non-build cultural heritage by involving volunteers and engaging public support.  (Note, however, that the English National Trust has existed since the 1890s and has an annual turnover of over £500 million!).  The CNT is a fledgling compared to its Alma Mater but  it has a number of high profile projects on the go, all of which rely solely on the support of the Trust’s sponsors and benefactors.  Even HRH Prince Charles knows about the CNT and has given it several personal endorsements.

This is sure to be a fascinating talk and a great lunch, so register soon if you would like to attend on

Members: Kc 1,000

Non-Members: Kc 1,250