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About Us

Kotinos Critical Skills is a game-changing training programme that goes beyond traditional methods to ensure your managers reach their full potential.

Kotinos Critical Skills was founded in 2014 as a business unit of Kotinos Partners, a top-tier advisory firm with a singular focus on high performance. From its base in Dublin, Ireland, Kotinos Partners work with blue-chip clients across Europe and North America to deliver rapid, transformational performance improvement using proprietary research. The scope of Kotinos’ practice spans strategy, organisational design and leadership.

The high performance research and experience that underpin Kotinos’ practice are the bedrock of the Critical Skills programme. Developed in association with world-class international rugby referee Alain Rolland, our workshops are distinctive in both what we cover and how we teach, ensuring real learning on the part of participants - and real impact on the performance of their organisations.

Programme Developers

Brian MacNeice

Managing Director, Kotinos Partners Limited

Brian is co-founder of Kotinos Partners and an expert in all aspects of High Performance with over 10 years’ experience leading client assignments globally across a wide range of industry sectors. He is also a regular speaker on the topic and his book on High Performance organisations is due to be published in 2015.

Brian is a rugby referee and a member of the IRFU National Panel. He is also a selector for the Irish National Cricket team and an underage coach in rugby and cricket. He implements High Performance strategy using examples from business and sport to create meaningful workshops and real impact on your organisation.

Alain Rolland

Programme Director

Alain is a former international scrum half, recognised as one of the best rugby referees of all time. In his 15-year refereeing career, he took charge of three Heineken Cup Finals and 66 Test matches, including the Rugby World Cup Final in 2007. Alain also worked for over 25 years in the insurance industry, bringing a wealth of business experience to the table alongside his sporting insights.

His unique experiences at the heart of the action in elite sport provide compelling examples of Critical Skills in action.