Caroline Spillane BA, MA

Chartered Director

Caroline Spillane

Caroline Spillane is Director General of Engineers Ireland. Prior to undertaking this role, Caroline was the Chief Executive Officer at the Medical Council of Ireland. Caroline has held senior roles in organisations including Assistant National Director with the HSE and Chief Executive Officer of the CPA. Caroline is an economics graduate of University College Cork, and also holds an MA from the Dublin Institute of Technology and is a Chartered Director. She is Chair of the National BIM Council (Building Information Modelling) - a national body to support the advancement of digital in the construction sector and is a former Chair of the Construction Industry Council.


Fellow and Chartered Engineer

Damien Owens
Damien Owens, Fellow and Chartered Engineer, is Registrar for Engineers Ireland. His role involves ensuring the academic standard of engineering qualifications and adherence of our membership criteria to best international standards. He is also responsible for accreditation of Engineering 3rd level programmes in Ireland. Additionally he ensures Engineers Ireland’s governance process supports the organisation’s position as the designated Competent Authority for the engineering profession in Ireland under EU legislation.
Damien represents Engineers Ireland on international matters and is President of the European Network for Engineering Education (ENAEE) for the 2019-2010 term.  He is Secretary General for the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI)  and is Chairman of the Dublin Accord with the International Engineering Alliance. He consults internationally on engineering education and development of engineering competence and works in the development of international standards in these areas.  
Damien is a member of the Accreditation Board of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and was a member of the Engineering and Computer Committee of the Royal Irish Academy.  Previously as a member of Engineers Ireland, Damien has been chairman of the ICT Division, a member of Engineers Ireland’s Executive Committee and was elected to serve on Council.
Damien previously worked as a telecommunications consultant in the telecommunications and IT industry. He has extensive expertise in the area of strategic alliances and collaborative ventures. He has been a representative on standardisation bodies in Ireland and overseas. He has also managed a consultancy providing specialist advice in the area of new product development.  Damien graduated from Trinity College Dublin with Primary and Master degrees in engineering. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Open University.

Dee Kehoe BA

Chartered FCIPD

Dee Kehoe

Dee is CPD Director with Engineers Ireland. Prior to joining Engineers Ireland, Dee was HR Manager of PH McCarthy Consulting Engineers and WYG Ireland. Dee is a HR professional with over 20 years’ experience in the engineering industry in quality management, Learning and Development and Human Resource management roles.

Dee is responsible for leading the CPD team in the development, delivery, continuous improvement and evaluation of quality CPD training and development offerings to members across all disciplines. She manages the CPD Accredited Employer standard and the CPD Employer of the Year Excellence Award. Dee is also responsible for leading a team to deliver the STEPS Programme which encourages primary and post-primary students to explore the world of STEM while also promoting engineering as a career choice.

STEPS works in strategic partnership with SFI Discover on Smart Futures, a collaborative government/industry education programme promoting STEM careers to post-primary students in Ireland.

Dee has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and History from University College Dublin, a post-graduate Diploma in Advertising Management and an Accredited Diploma in Executive Coaching.

Lisa Vaughan MA

Membership and Business Development Director

Lisa Vaughan

The role of the Membership and Business Development Director, which is an interim position, is to ensure the organisation is best positioned to address, represent and respond to the needs of its members and the industries and institutions with which it works. Lisa is responsible for leading activities that will enhance the commercial position of the organisation principally, though not exclusively, through the delivery of continued membership growth and retention. Lisa has had her own business as a Management Consultant and Executive Coach.

Prior to this, she was Divisional Manager of Start-ups and Scaling Companies in Enterprise Ireland, working with boards, CEOs, senior teams and co-investors on strategies for growth, funding, leadership and organisational development. Lisa chairs the board of Dress for Success, a non-profit organisation assisting people returning to the workforce and is on the board of Bord Iascaigh Mhara. Lisa holds a B.Comm from the National University of Ireland Galway, an MA from Dublin City University and a Diploma in Executive Coaching from University College Dublin.

Michelle Hoctor, BA

Michelle Hoctor

Michelle is responsible for leading the development and implementation of Engineers Ireland’s corporate communications, strategic marketing and stakeholder engagement policies and activities. She provides guidance to the organisation on all media relations, public affairs and commercial sponsorship matters. A key focus of her work is to build the profile of the organisation and the voice of the engineering profession and to support the growth and diversity of our membership base.

Michelle was previously Head of Communications in Trócaire, the overseas development agency. She was also a Special Adviser (Press) in three different government departments, Transport, Social Protection and Arts, Sport and Tourism. She worked in RTÉ as Radio Publicist for Radio 1 and 2fm and as Special Events Press Officer and in the Arts Council as their Director of Communications. She holds a BA from University College Dublin and Diplomas in Management (Dublin Institute of Technology) and European Humanities (Open University). She is a member of the PRII.

Caríosa Kelly, MA, MSc

Chartered FCIPD

Cariosa Kelly

Caríosa is HR Director with Engineers Ireland. Prior to joining Engineers Ireland she was European Head of Business Training at HSBC Securities Services. She is a Human Resources Development Professional with over 20 years’ experience gained in Learning, CPD and Human Resources Management. Her experience spans a wide range of sectors including Professional Body, International Financial Services, Manufacturing and Hi-Tech Engineering.

As HR Director Caríosa’s role is to devise and implement a HR Strategy to support the delivery of Engineers Ireland’s organisational strategy. Her responsibilities include recruitment, selection, employee development, performance management, reward, employee engagement, employee relations, Health Safety & Wellbeing and retention of the ‘Excellence Through People’ Standard.

Caríosa graduated from Trinity College Dublin with Primary and Master degrees in Science and from Sheffield Hallam University with a Master in Human Resource Development.

John Byrne CMC CMgr FCMI FIC Assoc CIPD

Fellow, Certified Management Consultant

John Byrne

John is Engineers Ireland’s Director of Sectoral Engagement. In this role he provides strategic and operational leadership to our network of sectors who are our 12 Regional branches, 10 Engineering divisions and 9 Societies.  He is developing, driving and implementing the Council-sponsored ‘Supporting our Sectors’ programme of work. This strategic programme aims to ensure increased engagement with our sectors, who are key to facilitating knowledge-sharing amongst our community in a way that is relevant, flexible and local - and all with the focus of developing the professional engineer.

John has been a member of Engineers Ireland’s leadership team since joining the organisation in February 1995.  Prior to commencing in his current role, he was Director of Finance and Operations and was responsible for the financial management of the organisation for 23 years, 1995 – 2017.  Between 2006 – 2008 he was also the Head of HR.

John is a Director and Company Secretary of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors, the professional body representing management consultants in the Republic of Ireland. He is a Certified Management Consultant and Fellow of the Institute of Consulting; a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.