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 current IDI President Róisín Lafferty 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, Emily Cunnane, 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)
IDI Board Member
Róisín Lafferty of Kingston Lafferty Design became president on 4th July 2019, having been President Elect since March 2019
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
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
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)
IDI Board Member
Founder of Fumbally Exchange
Head of George Boyle Designs architectural practice.
George is a DIRECTOR of IDI and led IDI from May 2016 to May 2017
Andrew Bradley - IDI Board Member
Andrew is a Director Bradley Brand
He is also DIRECTOR of IDI
David Wall - IDI Board Member
David is Director of WorkGroup.
DIRECTOR of IDI
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 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 is an IDI Board Member .
Founder │ Director Boxclever
IDI Graduate Design Awards Chairperson
IDI CPD/Training Chairperson-Aileen Dempsey
Aileen is on the IDI Council.
Manager of Design Enterprise Skillnet
Director of Designing Business
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
IDI Iterations and Research Chairperson-Con Kennedy
Con Kennedy is on the IDI Council.
He is a lecturer at TU Dublin
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.
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
The Executive Officer of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and IDI Company Secretary