IDI Board and Council
The IDI is led by a Board of Directors who represent a cross-section of the Design Industry, ensuring the strategy of the IDI is always relevant and fit for purpose. The board works closely with IDI Councils, which represent the strategic pillars of the IDI and shape and inform the focus of IDI activities.
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 board of directors provide strategic guidance to the day to day activities of the IDI. This is currently made up of Dominic Southgate, President; Róisín Lafferty, President Emeritus, Kim Mackenzie-Doyle, David Wall, Danielle Townsend, Lesley Tully, Mary Doherty and Donnacha Costello.
IDI Board and Council 2020/2021
Dominic Southgate - IDI President (2020/2021)
Dominic is the IDI President, appointed in November 2020. He has been a member of IDI's council for a number of years and chairs the Graduate Design Awards.
He is the founder and Director of award winning industrial design business, Boxclever.
Róisín Lafferty - President Emeritus
Róisín is the IDI President Emeritus, navigating IDI through the turbulent year of 2020.
She is the Founder and Creative Director of Kingston Lafferty Design (KLD), a company she founded in 2010. Róisín has received a string of prestigious accolades, including Image Interiors & Living Magazine’s Interior Designer of the Year 2018. Her work has featured in many Irish and international publications, including Elle Decoration, Australian Vogue, Architectural Digest, Living ETC and The Wall Street Journal to name a few.
Kim Mackenzie Doyle - IDI Board Director
Kim is an IDI Board Director and past President.
Kim has spearheaded some of IDI's best known activities such as WhyDesign and Mind Over Matter, highlighting the need for gender equality in the design sector, and a focus on mental health. She is the Founder and Instigator of The Big Idea.
David Wall - IDI Board Director
David is an IDI Board Director and Head of Design at McCann Dublin.
He co-founded the 100 Archive and is an ICAD member. Previously, David was co-founder/director of WorkGroup, an independent design studio.
David has spoken and contributed at conferences, events and discussions, including keynote presentations at Birmingham Design Festival 2019, Offset 2019 (Dublin), Glug Dublin 2018, The Future 2017 (Dublin), ICAD Socialise 2016 (Dublin), Sligo Design Week 2016, Defuse IxDA (Dublin) 2015, Creative Mornings (Dublin) 2014, Offset 2012 (Dublin). He has lectured and taught in in graphic design courses and in other design disciplines in Ireland and the UK.
Danielle Townsend - IDI Board Director
Danielle is an IDI Board Director and Head of Graphic Design at the Dublin Institute of Design.
After graduating with a Bachelor Degree (Hons) in Graphic Design and Digital Media, she has 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 Director
Lesley Tully is an IDI Board Director and Founder of We Are Design Thinking.
She was previously Head of Design Thinking at Bank of Ireland, a role dedicated to helping deliver the practice of Design Thinking through the organization in order to define new market opportunities. In addition 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.
Mary Doherty - IDI Board Director
Mary Doherty is an IDI Board Director and Founder of leading brand design agency, Red Dog.
She founded Red Dog in 1993, the morning after she graduated from college, nurturing the company and maintaining its position as one of Ireland’s leading creative agencies. Her vision and steadfast demand for excellent design has helped drive the creative team forward to becoming an internationally recognised, award-winning creative agency. It lives by it’s mantra of ‘We are only good at what we do because good is never good enough’. Mary holds a BDes (Hons) in Visual Communications from NCAD, is a Fellow of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and a Board Member of the Merrion Fertility Clinic.
Donnacha Costello - IDI Board Director
Donnacha is an IDI Board Director and Design Lead at Fjord Dublin / Accenture The Dock.
He is a trans-disciplinary design lead with a background in Cognitive Science, The Arts, and Philosophy. He leads design teams on everything from engaging C-suite and Board-Level at the world’s biggest organisations to adopt new design methods, to designing the future of human and AI collaboration.
Charlotte Barker - CEO
Charlotte is the CEO of the IDI. She leads the overall stategic direction and management of IDI, delivering the activities determined and agreed by the board.
Sorcha O'Raw - Membership Coordinator
Sorcha is the first point of contact for IDI members, supporting enquiries and managing the day-to-day.
Aileen Dempsey - Design Skillnet Consultant Director
Having established the Design Skillnet in 2017, Aileen works as a consultant to IDI and the Design Skillnet to inform and shape the growth of L&D.
Niamh O'Shaughnessy - Design Skillnet Learning & Development Manager
Niamh is the Network Manager of the Design Skillnet, delivering valuable discounted CPD and training to IDI members as part of the Skillnet Ireland subsidised training programme.
Sarah Coakley - Marketing Executive
Sarah works behind-the-scenes marketing the Design Skillnet and its array of training and events.