Rina Whyte, chief executive officer of the Institute of Designers in Ireland, is to leave the organisation after five years. The IDI is in the process of appointing a replacement.
Whyte is leaving to take up the post of public art manager at Kildare Council.
‘I have worked with a fantastic group of voluntary members over the past five years,’ says Whyte. ‘And it is fair to say that, with very little budget but a lot of goodwill, we have managed to move the institute forward and give it international recognition for the capabilities of its professional members and the strength of Irish design.’
Prior to her time at the IDI, Whyte was brand guardian at Dublin Tourism, project manager at Enterprise IG in Dublin, as well as working for Dublin-based brand consultants Bradley McGurk.
The IDI is the professional body representing the interests of Irish designers. Its function is to promote high standards of design, to foster professionalism and to emphasise designers’ responsibility to society, to the client and to each other.