Governance review

Sound governance arrangements support effective leadership, accountability and continuous improvement of our Institution and the members we serve.  

Overview

Following the development of the 2021–2023 Statement of Strategic Intent, Engineers Ireland’s Council decided it was timely to review the governance of the institution to ensure Engineers Ireland delivers on its core purpose and in the best interests of the profession.

It has been nearly a decade since the last major review was undertaken, although important improvements have been made in recent years. Feedback in our 2020 members survey indicated that the governance of the Institution would benefit from examination. Updated governance arrangements can better help us to seize opportunities and manage risk in a rapidly changing environment.

Given the scale of the project and the expert nature of the issue, external assistance was required across all stages of this project. PwC was appointed to undertake the review following a competitive tender process. They examined all aspects of the governance of the institution, from our Bye-laws to the conduct of our meetings, to the functioning of our committees. 

Project Stages

The governance of the Institution and its operation is complex therefore the review was undertaken in Phases. PwC presented a report on the first Phase of the review to Council. Following a thorough discussion, the report and recommendations were unanimously approved for consultation with members. 

A consultation process was held in September 2021 and a report on the outcome was approved by Council in October 2021. The last Phase entailed the development of a final report and implementation plan. 

PwC presented the Final Report of the Governance Review to Council in December 2021. The report sets out the findings and recommendations for a future Governance Model. In addition to approving the Report, Council also approved the establishment of an Oversight Group of Council to guide the implementation of the recommendations. 

Project updates

The feedback and recommendations made by PWC in the Final Report are currently being implemented.

Governance
Roles and Functions
Read more about the roles and responsibilities of the President, Director General, The Officer Group, Council Members and Executive Board