Client Testimonials

Private companies, Listed companies and Investment firm testimonials


“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

“Kieran Moynihan has provided mentoring services to me over the last 12 months in support of my role as chairman of the board of a private equity backed business. Drawing on a wealth of his own board room experience and a state-of-the-art knowledge of best practices I find his down to earth observations invaluable in helping me to be effective in my chairman role. His advice on tactical aspects of managing and leading a board has invariably been spot on while his overall focus is always on the prize of helping me develop a high performing board that adds real value to the organisation. I warmly recommend him.”

Jonathan De Pass
Board chair, Evaluate Group, UK

“Board Excellence have demonstrated a deep expertise in board dynamics and the key factors that impact a board’s effectiveness and performance. We place a major emphasis on embracing board best practices in our investee companies. Board Excellence have developed a strong, practical framework which provides assistance to boards to improve their overall effectiveness and performance. They have been an excellent partner to work with and we look forward to building our relationship further.”

Nicol Fraser
Managing Partner, Dunedin Private Equity, UK private equity firm

“The Board Excellence workshop for PE run by Kieran brought focus to the key areas of what creates an effective board. Furthermore the levels of research and knowledge shared by the Board Excellence team, has enabled us to put together our own framework of best practices, which can now be rolled out throughout our business and portfolio.”

James Winterbottom
Investment Director, Palatine Private Equity, UK private equity firm

“Efficient and effective boards are an important ingredient in managing and developing high growth businesses. We have worked with Board Excellence to great effect both training our own team in how best to maximise the effectiveness of boards but also with a number of our portfolio companies and chairmen. Board Excellence have great experience and are able to deliver the lessons learned in a coherent and digestible way. We are very happy to be working with them.”

Henry Sallitt
Managing Partner, FPE Capital, UK private equity firm

Non-profit, Charity and Public sector testimonials


“Kieran Moynihan and Board Excellence have been working with the Board and Chief Executive of COPE Foundation assisting them to improve their Board governance and information model since 2017. Kieran’s easy style and manner has assisted the Foundation to firstly review its Governance and Board information processes and then to put in place a structure and methodology that firstly ensures that the Board has all of the information and detail it requires to ensure that Board members can fulfill their obligations and secondly to ensure compliance not only with Company Law but also with best practice for charitable and voluntary organisations. It is with great pleasure and the utmost confidence that I am providing this recommendation.”

Sean Abbott
CEO, COPE Foundation, an adult & children intellectual disability charity, Ireland

“The Governance and Culture Review for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries touched on a wide range of issues from process through to behaviours. Board Excellence carried out a very thorough diligence with a full range of stakeholders and, despite the complexity of the picture, quickly identified the key issues. Where they needed to dig deeper they did so quickly and sympathetically leaving virtually all interviewees feeling that their input had mattered. The conclusions were clear and are already being put into practice. Though it is still early days the signs are encouraging that Board Excellence have given us a platform and a roadmap from which to build.”

Ronnie Bowie
Former President, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, UK

“The board of Food Cloud and Food Cloud hubs invited Board Excellence to carry out a facilitated review of the board effectiveness, performance , governance and structure . As a newly formed board , managing the strategic direction of the two entities and the successful merger of both presented unique challenges. Board Excellence was led by their managing partner, Kieran Moynihan, who worked closely with the board chair. Board Excellence provided a very comprehensive structured methodology that engaged all the board members and the senior management team. This level of engagement provided an opportunity for all the key influencers to be heard and subsequently inform the shaping of the final document, recommendations and findings.”

Jack Dunphy
Board Chair, FoodCloud, Surplus Food Distribution Charity, Ireland

“Eileen and Kieran of Board Excellence held a workshop for our Charity on the importance of corporate governance, and governance of the Charity. The workshop was comprehensive, clearly and distinctly set out and explained by Eileen and Kieran who showed great courtesy to all our members during the course of the workshop. It has been of great benefit to our charity and the suggestions put forward are being implemented to improve the services we provide.”

Board of Cork Penny Dinners
A social inclusion & support charity, Ireland

“Cork Simon Community conducted an externally facilitated board review with Board Excellence. Board Excellence were outstanding in guiding us through the review process. The board review process shone a light on key areas where Cork Simon Community could add value. The board review process was very thorough and the board of Cork Simon Community found it to be very worthwhile and enlightening.”

Eoin McCuirc
Board Chair, Cork Simon, a homelessness charity, Ireland

“Board Excellence ran an in-house workshop for our Board of Directors on the subject of board best practices and impartiality. The planning and preparation for the workshop, coupled with the delivery of the training on the day were exceptional.  We worked closely with Kieran throughout, which ensured the content was useful, relevant, and it gave us further best practice to incorporate into our general board practices and impartiality committee procedures”

Kate Milligan
Chief Operating Officer, Organic Trust, Certification Body, Ireland