IDI Board and Council

The strategic direction of the Institute of Designers in Ireland is given by IDI Council who monitor and steer IDI. Each council member is a leader or member of a committee that implement IDI strategy and run activities in a very proactive way.

The Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) is a fully incorporated company limited by guarantee, a non-profit entity, led by an executive board of directors, monitored and steered by a guardianship council, directed by its members. The direction of the Institute of Designers in Ireland is given by a Council of up to 16 people. The main activities are the charge of the IDI Board, and IDI President Kirk McCormack provides the main leadership and direction. IDI became a CLG at the beginning of 2017.

IDI is led by an executive board of directors and they provide guidance to the day to day activities of the IDI via the IDI Board.

This is currently made up of Róisín Lafferty who is IDI President, Kirk McCormack the IDI President Emeritus, Kim Mackenzie-Doyle; and two other recent Past Presidents,George Boyle and Andrew Bradley; David Wall, Danielle Townsend and Lesley Tully. The day to day management of most IDI activity is carried out by Denis O'Kelly, who is also IDI Company Secretary.

Róisín Lafferty of Kingston Lafferty Design ( KLD ) has been elected as President-Elect of the Institute of Designers in Ireland ( IDI ). She assumed the IDI Presidency at the Institute's AGM in July 2019. Róisín replaces the current President, Kirk McCormack of Longform Architecture who has been President for one year..

IDI Board and Council 2018/2019

Full List of IDI Council 2019-2020

Aileen Dempsey, Jenni Hedderman, Patrick Molloy, Regina Rogers Fallon, James Hubbard, Con Kennedy, Paul Finnegan, Graham Vard. Nick O'Laoire, Alessandra Ravida, Aine Higgins Ni Chinneide. Eunan Byrne,

Patrick Morgan, Mick Torrans, Niamh-Healy-Moore, Graham Vard, Daire Lyons, Zeljka Zupanic, David Rice, Carol O'Grady, Michelle Hetherington, Gavin McAuley, Fiona Duffy, Leon Butler, Donal Lally, Eamonn Hurley,Orla McAvinue, Lorenzo Tonti, Jill Deering and Gillian Henderson 

Róisín Lafferty, IDI President (2019/2020)<br /> IDI Board Member

Róisín Lafferty, IDI President (2019/2020)
IDI Board Member

Róisín Lafferty of Kingston Lafferty Design became president on 4th July 2019, having been President Elect since March 2019

president@idi-design.ie

Róisín Lafferty is the Founder and Creative Director of Kingston Lafferty Design (KLD) in Dublin, a company she founded in 2010. Róisín employs a holistic approach to her design and is a firm believer in a space being beautiful as well as functional and that neither need be compromised.

Róisín has received a string of prestigious accolades, most recently Image Interiors & Living Magazine’s Interior Designer of the Year 2018.

Kirk McCormack,  President Emeritus <br /> IDI Board Member

Kirk McCormack, President Emeritus
IDI Board Member

Kirk is an architect and Principal of Longform Architecture

Kirk took over the IDI Presidency on June 21st 2018 and stepped down on July 4th 2019

Kim Mackenzie Doyle, IDI Board Member

Kim Mackenzie Doyle, IDI Board Member

She is Head of Marketing & Product, Voxgig . Kim took over the IDI Presidency on May 5th 2017 and stepped down on June 21st 2018. 

During this time she founded and led two key initiatives that highlight challenges within the Irish design community. IDI Mind Over Matter – a national day of design in aid of mental health partnering with Aware and Why Design an initiative to address the gender imbalance in the Irish Design Sector.

Kim is a DIRECTOR of IDI

George Boyle -  President (2016/17) <br /> IDI Board Member

George Boyle - President (2016/17)
IDI Board Member

Founder of Fumbally Exchange

Head of George Boyle Designs architectural practice.

grgboyle@gmail.com

George is a DIRECTOR of IDI and led IDI from May 2016 to May 2017

Andrew Bradley - IDI Board Member

Andrew Bradley - IDI Board Member

Andrew is a Director Bradley Brand

He is also DIRECTOR of IDI

David Wall - IDI Board Member

David Wall - IDI Board Member

David is Director of WorkGroup.

DIRECTOR of IDI

Danielle Townsend -IDI Board Member

Danielle Townsend -IDI Board Member

Danielle is a DIRECTOR of IDI

Chair of the IDI Education Committee 

Daniellle is creative director at Danielle Townsend Design, a graphic design and visual thinking agency. She also lectures in design at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), the Dublin Institute of Design (DID) and Griffith College, Dublin ( GCD). At the Dublin Institute of Design she is Head of Department for Graphic Design.

After graduating with a Bachelor Degree (Hons) in Graphic Design and Digital Media, she worked in the industry since 2002 for many high profile clients as a Senior Designer & Studio Manager. Danielle completed a further Degree in Marketing, Advertising, Sales Management and PR, and completed a Masters in Professional Design Practice being awarded a First Class Honours in 2009.She completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & Education (2015) receiving a First Class Honours. 

Lesley Tully - IDI Board Member

Lesley Tully - IDI Board Member

Lesley Tully is a DIRECTOR of IDI

Lesley is Head of Design Thinking at Bank of Ireland; a role dedicated to helping define new market opportunities; build innovative solutions based on unmet user needs, emerging behaviors and digital technology; collaborate with startups via their co-working space: Workbench and deliver the practice of Design Thinking through the organization.

Over her 15-year career, Lesley has worked with a range of private and public sector clients and startups 

Lesley holds a bachelor’s degree in Design and a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship from Trinity College Dublin and Goldsmiths, London. She is a board member of the National Gallery of Ireland.

Dominic Southgate-  IDI Board Member  and Graduate Awards Chairperson

Dominic Southgate- IDI Board Member and Graduate Awards Chairperson

Dominic is an IDI Board Member .

Founder │ Director Boxclever

dominic@boxclever.ie

IDI Graduate Design Awards Chairperson 

IDI CPD/Training Chairperson-Aileen Dempsey

IDI CPD/Training Chairperson-Aileen Dempsey

Aileen is on the IDI Council.

Manager of Design Enterprise Skillnet

aileen@designingbusiness.ie

Director of Designing Business

IDI Design Social Chairperson-Paul Finnegan

IDI Design Social Chairperson-Paul Finnegan

Paul is on the IDI Council and runs IDI social events including FEED which is a monthly event at the Dean Hotel on the last wednesday of each month.

Associate and Interior Designer at MOLA

pfinnegan@mola.com

IDI Iterations and Research Chairperson-Con Kennedy

IDI Iterations and Research Chairperson-Con Kennedy

Con  Kennedy is on the IDI Council.

He is a lecturer at TU Dublin

info@conkennedy.ie

IDI Universal Design Representative-James Hubbard

IDI Universal Design Representative-James Hubbard

James is on the IDI Council.

James Hubbard is a Senior Design Advisor with the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design.

JEHubbard@nda.ie

Emily Cunnane

Emily Cunnane

Emily was Chair of Awards 2018.

Emily Cunnane is the founder of InSpace, a creative interior design business in Dublin City Centre. Her portfolio ranges from gyms to offices, cafes and residential projects. Art, architecture and design are Emily’s big loves, and so she spends her spare time creating art, curating the annual Dublin Design Night and participating in the council of the Institute of Designers in Ireland.

She believes in no-jargon design – keeping the process and the brief around it simple and stress free. She is passionate about the arts and works with Irish artists for every project, so your design will always be a one-off, and she organises workshops that enable you to be part of the design process if you so choose.

Denis O’Kelly- IDI Executive Officer and Company Secretary

Denis O’Kelly- IDI Executive Officer and Company Secretary

The Executive Officer of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and IDI Company Secretary

info@idi-design.ie