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Our Team

James Bowen

Founder and Managing Director

James is an expert in strategy and organisational design and a consultant with over 20 years of experience. He works around the world with executive teams of companies to deliver step-change, sustainable performance improvement. His work spans multiple sectors including (Bio)Pharma, Medical Devices, Technology, FMCG, Financial Services, Retail, Telecoms and Aviation.

Prior to founding Kotinos, he was a Director of Genesis Ireland and also of pmpgenesis Limited in London. Before that he worked in London, the USA, Asia and Ireland with Marakon Associates, Andersen Business Consulting and Deloitte.

In addition to his client work, James is co-author of the book “Powerhouse – Insider accounts into the world’s top high-performance organizations published in October 2016 by Kogan Page, and a regular writer on topics relating to High Performance.

James holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from University College Dublin and an MBA from the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has an operational background, having held management roles in Sales, Manufacturing and Purchasing in Smurfit Kappa Group companies in Ireland, Venezuela and the UK. He is also a former President of the IMD Alumni Association of Ireland

Brian MacNeice

Founder and Managing Director

Brian is an expert in high performance and advises leading Irish and international clients on driving improvements in performance focus and culture. Brian has led assignments with clients in a diverse range of industry sectors, including pharmaceuticals, enterprise development, financial services, software and technology. He was previously founding Director of Genesis Ireland and led many of Genesis’ engagements with business clients and leading sports organisations. Prior to that he worked with Andersen, Deloitte and Vision Consulting. Brian has led much of Kotinos’ research into high performance and is a regular speaker on the topic at business conferences and seminars.

His research has taken him all over the world to study what the best institutions in the world have in common and includes the New Zealand All Blacks, Médecins sans Frontières, Kenyan Olympic athletes, IMG Academy, the Kirov Ballet, Curtis Institute of Music and others. He holds a BSc in Computer Applications from DCU, a Diploma in International Marketing and an International MBA. He is an IRFU National Panel referee officiating in Ireland and Europe and a selector for the Irish National Cricket team.

Our Partners

Our global team of partners provide expertise from a variety of fields that enables us to tailor our services to our clients’ needs:

Shane Twomey

Managing Director, Organisation Dynamics

Shane Twomey is an experienced Organisation Design consultant working across the private and public sectors. He is also an experienced Executive Coach who works with Senior Executives across a range of industries.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Shane holds an MBS in Human Resources from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business. He is a Registered Coach with Henley Management School and is Level 1 Certified with the British Psychological Society. He is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Management Consultants & Advisers.

Prior to moving into consultancy, Shane held Senior Human Resources roles with numerous blue chip organisations. Starting his career as a HR Graduate in the ESB, Shane held senior roles with companies including Maxtor Ireland, Siemens and Viridian Power & Energy. More recently, Shane held an Interim Role as the Compensation & Benefits Manager for KPMG. In his consultancy practice, which spans multiple sectors including Utilities, Pharma/Bio-Pharma, Medical Devices, Financial Services, Engineering and Automation Services, Shane supports High-Performance Organisations as they move through their growth phases, works with Leadership Teams to design their organisations to deliver on their Strategies, and delivers Leadership Development Programmes.

Jim O’Brien

People Partners

Jim O’Brien is Founding Director of People Partners, a Dublin-based consultancy focused on helping clients to achieve high performance results through people.

People Partners works with clients to achieve effective integration of people management roles and capabilities with people processes and people development activities. They do this through project-based HR Consultancy support, or through delivery of longer-term HR services contracts. They also offer a proven HR technology platform to improve HR efficiency and empower managers.

Fiona Gifford

The Performance Collective

Fiona leads the Edinburgh-based Performance Collective – a diverse group of experts and coaches with a passion for high performance. With a particular focus on organisational and leadership development.

Fiona has over 25 years’ personal experience supporting the delivery of exceptional performance through leadership, team and organisational development. She is a sought-after executive and team coach, working one-to-one with many senior leaders in both the public and private sectors. She has held senior executive positions in HR, OD, Regional Service Delivery, Shared Services and Change Management at NEC, Motorola and RBS Group. She has delivered large-scale, global programmes through cross-cultural, virtual teams with an exceptional track record of success. She holds an MA (Hons) and MBA from the University of Edinburgh, and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a qualified MBTI practitioner. She has studied high performance leadership for many years and is an alumni of programmes in this area at Harvard and IMD.

Together Digital

Based in Dublin, Together Digital provide services in web design and development, digital marketing strategy, and web applications and video. They advise business leaders on identifying digital marketing opportunities and guide them on how to best manage transitioning their marketing investment from traditional to digital channels.

Together Digital are repeat winners of the Best Large Web Agency award at the Eir Spiders and have 11 other national awards to their names.