Role of the President

The President, as Chairman of the Council, reports to the Council and is the guardian of the Council’s decision-making process. The President has responsibilities additional to those of other Council Members, particularly in relation to leadership, the conduct of Council meetings, the chairing of the Executive Board and engaging with stakeholders. 

Duties and responsibilities


The President shall be a member of Council and a member of the Executive Board and shall act as Chairman of both. Special and Annual General Meetings shall also be chaired by the President. The President shall be responsible for the integrity of processes of these meetings.
As Chairman of Council the President should ensure the Council:

  • Discharges its powers, duties and procedures, as set out in section 3.1 of the Bye Laws
  • Ensure that the roles and responsibilities of the Council are fulfilled in the best interests of Engineers Ireland and the profession
  • Deliberates on strategic planning and policy issues to inform and advise the Executive Board
  • Informs the members of Engineers Ireland via the Annual Report on the actions and activities undertaken by Engineers Ireland to achieve the objectives of the institution including the use of financial and other resources.

As Chairman of the Executive Board the President should ensure the Board:

  • Discharges its powers, duties and procedures as set out in section 4.2 of the Bye Laws
  • Ensure that the roles and responsibilities of the Board are fulfilled in the best interests of Engineers Ireland and the profession
  • Liaise with Council on behalf of the Board ensuring Council receives regular reports on the activities of the Board

In discharging the role of Chairman of Council and Executive Board the President will:

  • Conduct efficient and effective meetings by ensuring that required decisions are taken, and that agendas are appropriate;
  • Promote a spirit of openness, transparency and accountability;
  • Ensure members work collectively, and that each member puts the interests of the institution and the profession of engineering above other outside interests;
  • Encourage members to participate in induction and other training to support a clear understanding of their role and responsibilities;
  • Ensure the adequate engagement of members in discussion and decision making.


The President plays an important leadership role for the institution and the profession. In discharging this role the President will:

  • Provide strong leadership of the institution for the year of Presidency;
  • Listen to and reflect members’ views and represent the collective interests of the profession;
  • Address members at key Engineers Ireland events;
  • Act as an advocate for the institution and its policies.

External relationships

The President’s role is to:

  • Represent the institution as appropriate at various stakeholder engagements including meetings with other professional regulatory bodies and representative organisations;
  • Engage with the media on the institution’s behalf as appropriate and in accordance with Engineers Ireland’s Media Policies.

Internal relationships

The President’s role is to:

  • Act as an internal ambassador for Council, to staff and to other stakeholders;
  • Establish and maintain a close working relationship with the Director General (DG) and the Senior Management Team;
  • Work closely with the DG and other members of the Senior Management Team in identifying and discussing emerging issues and other matters that may impact on the institution and which should be brought to the attention of Council;
  • Manage the performance of the DG by setting and assessing annual performance targets in consultation with the Remuneration, Nominations and Development Committee.

Deputising arrangements for the Chair

The President will normally chair all Council meetings, Executive Board meetings and the Annual General Meeting. In his or her absence, the Senior Vice-President should assume the chair. In the absence of either of these Officers either the Junior Vice President or the Past President should chair the meeting.

Chair of the Remuneration, Nominations and Development Committee

The President will chair the Remuneration, Development and Nomination Committee (RDNC).

Support to the President

The Director General will ensure that administrative support is provided to the President during their term of office.

Dr Edmond Harty

Engineer and Entrepreneur Dr Edmond Harty was inaugurated as the 131st President of Engineers Ireland on Thursday, 1 June 2023.

Dr Harty is the Founder of Innovalogix, an investment and consultancy firm focusing on strategy, product development, engineering and customer success. The company derives its name from a combination of innovation and logic. Previously Dr Harty was the CEO and largest shareholder of Dairymaster, a world-leading dairy innovation and technology company that he built and led over a 22-year period.

Dr Harty was awarded a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Limerick, and a PhD in Biosystems Engineering from University College Dublin (UCD). He has also studied at some of the world’s leading universities, including Stanford University, California and IMD, Switzerland. His entrepreneurial endeavours have delivered a strong track record of innovation and product development, having filed over 130 patent applications, and commercialising technologies across the globe.

In addition to his role as President of Engineers Ireland, Dr Harty holds key positions on several organisational boards. He serves as Governor and non-Executive Director of The Irish Times Trust, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Agritech Centre of Excellence, non-Executive Director of Irish Manufacturing Research focused on digitalisation in manufacturing, and Adjunct Full Professor at the UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering.