Kieran Moynihan

Managing Partner

Board Excellence is led by Kieran Moynihan, an experienced Chairman and leading thinker in the area of board dynamics and performance. Kieran has over 18 years experience serving on boards as a CEO executive director, non-executive director and Chairman. Kieran has written and presented extensively on the unique challenges of achieving a high-performance board of directors. Kieran is currently the chairman of a number of internationally-focused companies across a number of industry sectors. Kieran supports boards in companies, organisations and non-profits in Ireland, UK & Europe.

Kieran is a dynamic experienced entrepreneur and executive with an outstanding track record over his 26 year career. Kieran co-founded Comnitel, a telecoms software company in 1999 and led the company as CEO from initial start-up through a 30 million-dollar series of fundraising with leading international venture capitalists. Kieran took on the role of Vice President and CTO for Telecoms for the IBM Tivoli software division over the period 2007 – 2010. Over the period 2010 – 2014, Kieran was the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Cork Institute of Technology. Kieran graduated with an honours degree in Electrical Engineering from University College Cork in 1991.

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Eileen Cole


Eileen is a highly experienced executive, board director and management consultant with an excellent track record over her 25-year career. Eileen has utilised her deep expertise in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and company re-structuring to support executive and board teams in companies across multiple industry sectors. Eileen was part of the management team of the SWS Group and played a key role as a director of SWS Corporate Services in the growth of the SWS Group over the period 2000 – 2006.

Eileen holds a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors of Ireland and an Executive MBA from University College Cork. She is a qualified Chartered Tax Advisor and Qualified Financial Advisor. She has been an External Business advisor since 2006 to the Department of Economics in University College Cork, Ireland for their MSc Economics of Business Practice programme. Eileen is a practicing non-executive board director and an active member of the Institute of Directors of Ireland. Eileen supports boards in companies, organisations and non-profits in Ireland.

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David O’Callaghan


David is a seasoned senior executive with broad experience in the financial services sector including extensive senior leadership experience across a range of core activities in Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. (“AIB”), a large, publicly-listed, international financial services organisation. He is a highly competent and experienced board and corporate governance professional having previously been AIB Group Company Secretary. In that role, David was a valued adviser to Chairmen, CEOs, Directors and Executives on promoting and sustaining the robustness and efficacy of corporate governance, board arrangements and practices. He was instrumental in facilitating and supporting the Board & Senior Leadership Team and their committees in functioning effectively, aligning the board’s activities with strategic priorities and governance considerations, designing board and director induction & development programmes, facilitating Board skills, composition reviews and succession planning.

He has been Non-Executive Chairman and Director of the Board of Trustees of a number of financial services industry bodies’ defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes and a Non-Executive Director of numerous AIB subsidiary company Boards. David is a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA). He is currently engaged in the Certified Investment Fund Director (CIFD) Programme with the CIFD Institute. David supports boards in companies, organisations and non-profits in Ireland, UK & Europe.

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Advisory Board

Gerard O’Donovan is Head of the Faculty of Business and Humanities in Cork Institute of Technology where he is responsible for the strategic direction, people management and operation of the Faculty. During his 14 years at CIT he has held a number of senior positions including Head of School of Business, Head of the Department of Accounting & Information Systems and founder of the Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence. Prior to academia, his industry experience includes work in retail, human resources, IT and consultancy roles in Ireland and the USA. He holds a BComm (Hons) from University College Cork and an MBA from St. Joseph’s University, USA. Gerard serves on a number of advisory and foundation boards.

John McCarthy is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland specialising in corporate finance and business planning. He has a Masters in Political Science from UCC that focused on the role of elite behaviour in society.  John has many decades of experience engaging with and as a member of various boards of directors in executive and non-executive director roles and also as chairman in the not for profit sector. John spent 30 years with the accountancy firm that became Ernst & Young before joining the management team of SWS Group as a Director in the SWS Corporate Services Division. He has deep experience of the workings of boards and the importance of corporate governance to board excellence. Currently he is a non-executive director in a number of Irish and international companies.

Joe O’Keeffe is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. Joe has deep board experience having served on a number of corporate boards and as Chairman of VC-backed companies including Comnitel [acquired by IBM in 2007] and LeT Systems [acquired by Trimble in 2010]. In 2002 he completed research on the mentoring of entrepreneurs, leading to a University of Hull MEd Degree. Joe is a graduate of the General Electric (USA) Management Program. Experience includes General Manager & M.D. with leading companies, incl. Emerson Electric, AT&T and Apple (in Ireland & USA). He joined Apple Computer with responsibility for European manufacturing. He subsequently moved to the USA as Director of Operations in charge of over 1,000 employees.

Siobhán Finn is Project Director with the Cork Innovates Partnership since 2012. Siobhán is responsible for leading and managing a partnership of 12 organisations who collaborate under the mantle of Cork Innovates to drive the economic reputation and perception of Cork as the optimum location in Ireland for SME innovation and entrepreneurship. Siobhán has over 15 years of experience working across the public and private sector with particular focus on leading and managing multiple-stakeholder consortia. Siobhán served as a member of the Advisory Group for Small Business at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation (DJEI) from 2014 to 2016. In 2015, Siobhán was nominated by DJEI as City Region Coordinator for The Startup Gathering and in 2016 Siobhán secured the Startup Nations Summit for Cork, a first for Europe. Siobhán also owned and directed her own business in the indigenous service sector for close to 10 years. Siobhán holds an MSc in Management Practice from Trinity College Dublin, focusing on change management through action-learning within a first generation family-owned and managed business. Siobhán is a graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and also holds a Diploma in Business Innovation Development from DIT.