Kirk McCormack takes over as IDI President at IDI’s AGM on 21st June 2018

Kirk McCormack takes over as IDI President at IDI’s AGM on 21st June 2018

Kim Mackenzie Doyle’s busy year as IDI President came to an end formally at the recent 2018 AGM. She has now stepped down and Kirk McCormack takes over the Presidency at IDI. Two new Directors were also announced at the 2018 AGM. They are Danielle Townsend and Lesley Tully.

A well-attended AGM of The Institute of Designers in Ireland too place last evening on Thursday 21st June 2018 at the Westbury Hotel. Dublin 2. This was the 46th Annual General Meeting of IDI and was attended by a number of IDI’s Past Presidents.

Kim Mackenzie Doyle’s busy year as IDI President came to an end formally when she handed over to our new IDI President, Kirk McCormack at the AGM. 

Two new Directors have been co-opted on to the IDI Board and  both were announced last evening. They are Danielle Townsend and Lesley Tully.

The IDI expressed its gratitude for the time, energy and inspiring leadership Kim brought to the President's role over the past 12 months.

She will now, as Outgoing President, be part of an IDI board comprising

2018/19 IDI President: Kirk McCormack; President Emeritus: Kim Mackenzie-Doyle; George Boyle, Andrew Bradley, David Wall, John Moore, Danielle Townsend and Lesley Tully


Our Outgoing President reviewed her year, including her successful initiatives incliding Mind Over Matter and Why Design.

Our new President, Kirk outlined his ideas to make IDI stronger and more relevant to designers and to continue to ‘punch well above its weight’ as a streamlined well organised well functioning organisation.

The speakers at the event included Graham Vard Founder & Chief Creative Officer of Billion London; Aileen Dempsey, Manager of Design Enterprise ; Lesley Tully Head of Design Thinking at Bank of Ireland and Terry Quigley of Gorman Quigley Penrose Accountants, who presented a financial summary of IDI for 2017.

Kirk McCormack

Our new IDI President Kirk McCormack is a registered architect. He has been on IDI Council and Board for a number of years. Kirk is a director of Longform, a design practice working with organisations in the luxury retail, residential, consumer products, hospitality, and public sectors. He also lectures at DIT in the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology programme. He is Year Head for fourth year Technical Design Studio, lectures in Building Technology and supervises final year undergraduate architectural technology dissertations. Kirk was chairman of the Irish Design Awards in 2016 and in 2017, and is now President of IDI for 2018/19.

Lesley Tully

Lesley is Head of Design Thinking Enterprise & Innovation at Bank of Ireland

This is 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 including Advanced Organisation, Armory Show, Coillte, Culture Ireland, DAHG, DJEI, Fund IT, Failte Ireland, KPMG, Health Founders, HSE, Startup Gathering, and Trinity College. As Project Director, Lesley designed and delivered the award-winning Dublin Contemporary 2011, VOLTA Show NY and VOLTA Basel.

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.

Danielle Townsend

Danielle runs a graphic design and visual thinking agency offering a full service from conceptualisation, to design and implementation. Danielle also lectures on a part time basis in Dublin Institute of Technology, Griffith College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Design where she is Head of Department for Graphic Design. At DID, she teaches all disciplines within graphic design from visual commutations, branding, packaging & typography through to editorial, desktop publishing and image making from Level 5 right up to level 9 (Masters level).

After graduating with a Bachelor Degree (Hons) in Graphic Design and Digital Media Danielle has worked in the industry since 2002 for many high profile clients as a Senior Designer & Studio Manager.Working in industry demonstrated the importance of design coupled with business and marketing acumen in order to accurately position a brand to gain awareness within the target market. To this end Danielle completed a further Degree in Marketing, Advertising, Sales Management and PR.

Further to this Danielle completed a Masters in Professional Design Practice being awarded a First Class Honours in 2009. Danielle has also written an approved QQI course for a new Level 7 Graphic Design degree programme and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & Education (2015) receiving a First Class Honours.