Vice President: Maurice Buckley

Vice-President Maurice Buckley


Maurice comes from an engineering family and his father Denis Buckley, a Civil Engineer with CIE, was President of the IEI Western Region in the 1970s. On graduating with a BE in Electrical Engineering from UCD, Maurice worked as a design engineer in Inland Motors, Ennis. He completed a Master’s thesis on the topic of Magnetic Design for Brushless Servo-Motors. He later moved with the company to Germany in an applications engineering and product management role supplying the fast growing robotics and automation markets there.

Vice-President Maurice Buckley

Vice-President Maurice Buckley, Engineers Ireland

He completed an MBA degree in INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, and then changed roles to become a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Munich. In the 1990s, Maurice returned to Ireland with his wife Mary and young family, to set up System Label in Roscommon town, where he still lives today. Supplying technical labels for industry, the company was very successful. Over time, he built up a local R&D activity in the field of RFID and established a UK subsidiary.

In 2007, Maurice took up the public sector role of Chief Executive of the National Standards Authority of Ireland, NSAI, responsible for the country’s standardisation, certification, and metrology activity in Europe and internationally. His work in NSAI brought him into closer contact with the wider engineering community and Engineers Ireland. Over 50% of standardisation experts in Ireland and internationally are engineers.

Maurice became executive Chairman of the Office of Public Works, OPW, last year. The OPW is leading a large-scale capital investment programme into improving Ireland’s flood risk management defences. Over 100 civil engineering projects are planned across all of Ireland’s river catchment areas. The OPW is also responsible for an estate of over 2000 public buildings including offices, Garda stations, public offices, and cultural institutions. These are being progressively upgraded to current best practice building standards with a particular emphasis on improved energy efficiency in the context of Ireland’s climate change management.

The OPW has been associated with Engineers Ireland from the beginning. The first President of the then Civil Engineers Society of Ireland was Sir John Fox Burgoyne, who was also the first Chairman of the OPW when both organisations were established in 1835. The modern OPW is constituted as a state body which is part of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. As Chairman of the OPW, Maurice is a serving member of the Civil Service Management Board and the government Secretary General grouping.

Maurice became a Chartered Engineer in 2010 and a Fellow by Presidential invitation in 2017.

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