Why Us

Powerful insight, driven by experience

Our team comprises experienced and competent former CEOs, executives and founders from a wide range of company sizes and sectors, with strong board chair and non-executive director experience.

Great results, backed by our commitment

We’ll empower you to achieve a step-change in your performance and the value you add to your organisation, and we’ll support you through execution to ensure realisation of that value.

Some of our Clients

What our Clients say

“We engaged Board Excellence to provide strategic consultancy advice to the company board and executive team. The role involved reviewing & strengthening our board processes and board information model, executive reporting systems, strengthening our corporate governance, supporting our executive team in key areas such as strategy & risk as well as helping the board team embrace leading international best practices in board effectiveness & performance. Working with the Board Excellence team was enjoyable & rewarding and their unique ability to listen and to ask the tough questions in a constructive manner helped us identify the challenges facing us as a board team and as an executive team in addressing our own organisational weaknesses in sustaining planned company growth.”

Niall O’Meara
Board Chair, Vision Construction Services, Ireland

“Our decision to choose Board Excellence to run our External Evaluation turns out to have been an excellent one ! Kieran Moynihan’s report was thorough, balanced, comprehensive and excellent value. More importantly it was insightful. It pulled no punches and provided candid feedback that was hard hitting but accurate. At the same time it drew out an array of very positive points too. We all greatly appreciated the directness of Kieran’s comments, are thoroughly pleased we have done the exercise and are relishing our next steps. Thanks Board Excellence – an excellent job !”

Tim Jones
Board chair, Treatt plc, FTSE-listed company in the food sector, UK

“We approached Board Excellence at a critical stage in the company’s development, undertaking a large transaction which would platform the business for growth over the coming years. We were anxious to upskill our PLC board with commensurate non-executive director experience. Board Excellence have an incredible reach into the professional marketplace and the ability to find the best board placements is undoubted as a result. I would have no hesitation in recommending Board Excellence as a best in class non-executive director search partner.”

Noel Creedon
Chief Executive Officer, iNua Hotel Group, Ireland

Board Excellence Partners

The Board Excellence team operating from offices in Ireland and the UK offers a unique mix and blend of board best practices expertise, thought leadership and complementary experience developed in a wide range of organisation types, sizes and sectors internationally.

We offer a compelling mix of entrepreneurship, global executive and varied sectoral expertise which, together with strong track records in board chair, executive and non-executive director roles, enables us to support the vast majority of boards and directors in preparing for the many complexities and challenges inherent in board dynamics and performance.

Our skills and experience have developed over many years from practical engagement in and with executive and non-executive directorships and chair positions, private equity and portfolio companies, venture capital firms, investment funds, financial services, banking, technology, family-owned businesses, small and medium-sized enterprises, large private and corporate businesses, publicly listed companies and institutional equity and debt investors.

Kieran Moynihan

Managing Partner

As the founder of Board Excellence, Kieran has worked extensively with boards across Ireland, UK and internationally in a wide range of sectors and scale of organisations. He has over 20 years’ experience serving on boards as a CEO, executive director, non-executive director and board chair. He is currently the board chair of a number of internationally-focused companies across a number of industry sectors.

Kieran is an internationally-recognised thought leader in the area of board dynamics, effectiveness, performance and corporate governance. He is a regular contributor to leading international board publications and has developed ground-breaking new approaches to optimising the “people equation of the board”, the partnership between executive and non-executive board members and enabling the board to excel as a high-performing team.

Eileen Cole

Partner

Eileen is a practicing non-executive director, an experienced executive and management consultant and provides corporate finance, mergers, acquisitions and company re-structuring support to executive and board teams in companies across multiple industry sectors.

She is an External Business advisor to the Department of Economics in University College Cork, Ireland for their MSc Economics of Business Practice programme.

David O’Callaghan

Partner

David is an experienced board chair, director and senior executive with leadership experience across a diverse range of business, governance and stakeholder-facing activities in the financial services sector.

He has been Non-Executive Chair and Director of the Board of Trustees of a number of financial services industry and professional bodies’ defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes and a Non-Executive Director of a range of company Boards.

He is an experienced board and governance professional having served as Group Company Secretary of an international, publicly-listed company regulated in a number of jurisdictions, a role in which he was a valued adviser to Chairs, CEOs, Directors and Executives on promoting and sustaining the robustness and efficacy of governance and board arrangements and practices.

Ros O’Shea

Partner

Ros is an experienced Non-Executive Director with a portfolio of board positions, including BlackRock’s funds in Ireland, the Bank of Montreal (Europe) plc, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and Pieta House. Previously Ros enjoyed a highly successful executive career, spanning almost 20 years, as a senior executive and trusted board advisor to FTSE100 companies, CRH plc and Smurfit Kappa Group plc, having trained as a Chartered Accountant with PwC.

Ros also lectures on the Diploma in Corporate Governance at the UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School and with the Institute of Banking and is the author of the book, “Leading with Integrity – a Practical Guide to Business Ethics”. She is a regulator contributor to news and print media on related topics and a respected authority on corporate culture and the role of the board, values-based leadership and ESG as an emerging board mandate.

Dr. Jonathan Westrup

Partner

Jonathan is an experienced Board Chair and Non-Executive Director. He is currently the chair of Cancer Trials Ireland, a member on the board of NEAM Ltd (a subsidiary of GenRe) and was formerly on the board of BNY Mellon Global Clearing Services.  He is a senior teaching fellow at Warwick Business School where he directs the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation and also lectures at the Irish Management Institute, Trinity Business School and at the Institute of Bankers. His executive career was at NCB Stockbrokers where he was head of fixed income and served on the board.

He has wide experience of working with boards in all aspects of governance but with a particular focus upon the development and implementation of organisational strategy. He has a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a PhD from Boston University.

Anne-Marie Taylor

Partner

Anne-Marie is a Non-Executive Director on boards including the Public Appointments Service, the UCD Governing Authority and the Irish Hospice Foundation. She is the Programme Director for Balance for Better Business, the government-sponsored, business-led initiative which aims to improve gender balance in Irish business leadership. She is co-founder of the Board Diversity Initiative which produces a directory of senior women suitable for board roles.

Most of her executive career was with Accenture where she held a number of local and global roles. In recent years she has led her own management consulting operation working on business transformation projects with clients across a variety of sectors.

Anne-Marie has a Diploma in Corporate Governance from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. In 2020, she was shortlisted for National Trustee of the Year. She is also a qualified executive coach.

Pat McGrath

Partner

Pat is an experienced board chair and executive with significant international experience. He is the former CEO and current non-executive deputy chair – international development of the PM Group, a global engineering and project management company with over 2,000 employees operating in over 30 countries.

He has a distinguished board chair track record in Ireland and is currently chair of a number of internationally-focused companies across a variety of industry sectors.

Paul George

Partner

Paul is an expert in Corporate Governance, Reporting and Audit. Whilst at the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), he was the Executive Director responsible for the development of the 2018 UK Corporate Governance Code, The Wates Principles of Corporate Governance for Large Private Companies and the 2020 UK Stewardship Code. He has spoken regularly on such matters at UK and international conferences, and to Government working parties and Select Committees.

Paul is an experienced board chair and has been an executive and non-
executive director of a number of public, private and not for profit organisations. Paul is a chartered accountant and former KPMG partner and adviser auditor to many public and private companies across a range of industry sectors.

Advisory Panel

Gerard O’Donovan

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.


Joe O’Keeffe

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.


John McCarthy

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.


Siobhán Finn

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.


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