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

“Global Shares engaged the services of Board Excellence to provide external evaluation and strategic consultancy to our Board and Executive team. Kieran’s collaborative style and easy manner proved key to positive engagement with all board members, which in turn enabled a thorough review of the board structure, its governance and effectiveness. The recommendations and findings presented to us by Kieran, were clear and structured. We would highly recommend Kieran and Board Excellence to any Board that wishes to improve their board performance, composition, and corporate governance.”

Tim Houstoun,
CEO,
Global Shares

“Board Excellence, through Jonathan Westrup, completed a thoroughly professional Board evaluation of the Board of Management of Oberstown Children Detention Campus. In addition to identifying good practice and areas of improvement for the Board, the evaluation also provided some entirely fresh perspectives on our approach, linking recommendations to the organisation’s strategic direction in a most helpful manner. The evaluation exceeded expectations in every respect and I could not recommend Jonathan highly enough.”

Ursula Kilkelly,
Board Chair,
Oberstown Campus
Sector: Public Sector

“Our recent external board evaluation process with Board Excellence was a very thorough process, assessing our board effectiveness and performance in a wide range of areas. Kieran’s approach, while challenging and setting the bar high for the board, was very engaging, constructive and warmly embraced by the board. Kieran went the extra mile to understand our board, our dynamics as a board team, our strengths to build upon and identify opportunities to improve. We worked closely with Kieran to develop a practical roadmap based on the evaluation recommendations to drive sustained improvement in our board effectiveness, leveraging the deep experience and best practices Board Excellence have developed and we are already seeing the benefits of this. For any board looking to select a board evaluation practice to provide a robust honest evaluation of the board that adds genuine value, I warmly recommend Board Excellence.”

Penny Ladkin Brand,
Board Chair,
Next15 plc

“Cirencester Friendly takes Corporate Governance very seriously and we undertake a triennial external review of the effectiveness of our Board. For our most recent review process we partnered with Board Excellence to conduct an independent review. The approach they took was thorough and robust and we worked closely with Paul George and Kieran Moynihan to produce an output that was practical and proportionate. The report contained a good range of findings and recommendations that recognised our Board was already effective but can be made even more so. We saw Board Excellence’s commitment to include follow-up work over a 12-month period as a key differentiator in the market. I would be happy to recommend Board Excellence to organisations looking for an independent and objective assessment of their Board.”

John Quinn,
Board Chair,
Cirencester Friendly

Meet the Board Excellence Team

Highly experienced board and governance experts combining experience as practicing Board Chairs and Non-Executive Directors with a strong track record in board/governance evaluations, training, consultancy, board recruitment and board dispute mediation.

Kieran Moynihan
Managing Partner
Ros O’Shea
Partner
David O’Callaghan
Partner
Anne-Marie Taylor
Partner
Chaka Nkofo
Associate Partner
Eileen Cole
Partner
Paul George
Partner
Dr. Jonathan Westrup
Partner
Martina Maher
Partner
Pat McGrath
Partner
Sue Bonney
Associate Partner

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Chaka Nkofo

Associate Partner

Chaka is an experienced Non-Executive Director with more than fifteen (15) years corporate experience serving on boards as CEO/Managing Director, Executive Director, Non-Executive Director, and Chairman of Board Committees (Audit, Risk, Nominations and Ethics). Chaka has worked across diverse portfolio’s (construction, real estate, trade and investment, development finance, services, manufacturing, water, petroleum, and energy) in both Executive and Non-Executive Director roles.

Chaka has also been conferred with a Chartered Director CD (SA)® designation by the Institute of Directors South Africa (IoDSA). In this regard, he is a regular Mentor on the Institute of Directors South Africa’s Mentorship Circles Programme for aspiring Chartered Directors. Chaka is a highly experienced specialist consultant in corporate governance, board effectiveness and training of board directors.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Martina Maher

Partner

Martina is an experienced Independent Non-Executive Director and consultant with a portfolio of board and committee positions in the financial services, sustainability, and not-for-profit sectors. Previously, she had a highly successful executive career of over 25 years in leading organisations such as KPMG, Bank of Ireland Group plc, the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) and AIB Group plc. Martina is a Chartered Director (Institute of Directors), a Chartered Accountant having trained with Deloitte (London) and holds a Law Degree. Her areas of expertise include governance, strategy, risk management and internal audit.

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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.

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Sue Bonney

Associate Partner

Sue is an experienced Board member, with a track record of senior Executive and Non-Executive and Chair roles in organisations ranging from professional services, to corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Previously as a Vice Chair and Head of ESG at KPMG UK, and now as an independent adviser, Sue has a particular focus on ESG working with the Boards of some of the UK’s largest and most important organisations on their strategic response to the responsible business and ESG agenda, prioritising material issues with maximum impact and fully incorporating the principles of good governance.

A Board member at The Forward Institute, Sue also works with senior executives to help them develop a future focused lens on their business to equip them as highly effective leaders of tomorrow and change agents of today.

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How Can We Support You?

Ireland & International
Kieran Moynihan
Managing Partner
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United Kingdom
Paul George
Lead UK Partner
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Africa
Chaka Nkofo
Lead Africa Partner
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