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Our Team & Partners

Our Team

James Bowen

Founder and Managing Director

James is an expert in strategy and organisational design with over 15 years’ advisory experience working with multinational clients in the areas of strategy and organisational design. With Kotinos co-founder Brian MacNeice, he was previously a Director of Genesis Ireland and he was also a Director of pmpgenesis Limited in London. Prior to that he worked in London, the USA, Asia and Ireland with Marakon Associates, Andersen Business Consulting and Deloitte. In the early part of his career he held a range of operations management positions with Smurfit Group (now Smurfit Kappa) companies in Ireland, Venezuela and the UK.

James’ advisory career spans multiple sectors, including life sciences, FMCG, financial services, retail, telecoms and aviation. Together with Brian MacNeice he continues to research the topic of high performance in institutions, with recent studies including Toyota in Japan and the US Marine Corps. He is a regular author on topics relating to strategy and organisational design in high performance institutions. James holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University College Dublin and an MBA from the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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:

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.

Caroline Currid

Unica Performance

Caroline is one of the country’s leading performance psychologists. She works with companies, sports teams and individuals looking to reach their full potential. An accomplished athlete in her own right, Caroline has used inside knowledge to improve the performance of the nation’s best Gaelic teams, including three All-Ireland winning team in Tyrone Senior football, Tipperary Senior hurling and Dublin Senior football.

Caroline works on an individual basis with Lions and Ireland rugby captain Paul O’Connell and maximising performance on competition day was the focus of her work with 800-metre Olympic champion David Rudisha from Kenya in the run up to the 2012 London Games. Having completed an MBA she focuses increasingly on working with senior leadership teams in business organisations – including blue-chip life science clients in Ireland and the USA.

Merritt Bucholz

Bucholz McEvoy Architects

Merritt leads research and development in design methodology, building technology, and energy systems at Bucholz McEvoy Architects, which holds offices in Dublin and Berlin.

Merritt has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, and has lectured at Princeton University, Cornell University, the School of Architecture at University College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology. He is currently the Professor of Architecture founding the new School of Architecture at the University of Limerick. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University.

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.

John Bull

Tall Tree

John is a specialist in the area of performance leadership. He is a Co-Founder of Tall Tree, an advisory firm that specialises in developing high-performance leadership. John has supported leaders from a wide range of sectors in developing the performance culture of their organisation through leadership, including sport, new media & technology, financial services, tourism, manufacturing and construction.

A graduate of Business Economics and Marketing, John’s interest in performance leadership grew out of his early involvement in sport science in his native New Zealand. While still in his twenties, he was involved in a project to benchmark the country’s top performing business leaders and sports team managers.

Web Together

Based in Dublin, Web Together 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.

The Web Together team have won four Eircom Spider Awards and were also winners of the 2012 IIA Net Visionary Award for Most Innovative and Cutting Edge Web Development Agency. In 2014, Web Together were awarded the Eircom Spider Award in the Best Large Web Agency.