Our people

Our executives

Dr Sabine Dembkowski

Founder and Managing Partner

Dr Sabine Dembkowski is a trusted board advisor who has worked with and alongside companies listed on the FTSE and DAX, global organisations and leading Private Equity and Professional Service firms. Her research into board effectiveness has been peer-reviewed and published internationally.

With a PhD in business management Dr Sabine has established two successful businesses, The Coaching Centre and Better Boards. Alongside her academic qualifications and business acumen, Sabine is also a trained Executive Coach and certified to perform a wide range of psychometric tests.

In her own words she is “Driven by a passion to get down to the nuts and bolts and create real, long-lasting change in organisations”

Alan Connolly

Chief Product Technology Officer (CPTO)

Alan Connolly is an experienced leader in product and technology development. With over 18 years experience in the sector, he has helped grow businesses from start-ups to global groups. This enabled him to work across multiple markets including the UK, Germany, Australia and US, with different local approaches.

His previous posts have also exposed him to multiple technologies and software languages, enabling him to develop quick problem solving skills and the ability to lead large, agile, multi discipline development teams, resulting in user focused software products.

Alan strongly believes that simple and intuitive technology is the key to building successful businesses and keeping customers happy. Which is precisely what he aims to deliver for Better Boards.

Our advisory board

Carolyn Ferguson FCIS

Non-Executive Director

Carolyn Ferguson is Group Company Secretary of The Go-Ahead Group plc, with over 19 years of board governance and pensions experience. She became a Non-Executive Director of Better Boards due to her belief in the unique data-driven approach of Better Boards, that puts development of the board at the heart of the process and equips them to deal with whatever challenges they may face.

Carolyn has a proven track record of working with boards to the highest of ethical and professional standards, supported by robust corporate governance principles.

A qualified coach and mentor, Carolyn is also a member of ICSA’s Mentoring Community, where she supports students as they go through their professional qualifications

Mike Mahoney

Mike Mahoney is an experienced advisor to Non-Executive Directors and C-Suite executives in the United States and Europe.

For 10 years he served as a partner at Tapestry Networks, where he developed and led the highest-rated programs for Non-Executive Directors of the largest US and European companies. He conceived and delivered a large-scale research project on the realities of leading European audit committees that was praised by the European Commission and European regulators. He co-authored with the University College Berkeley and a leading law firm a breakthrough framework to improve board capabilities in cybersecurity oversight.

Mike plans to leverage his skills in aligning leaders for effective corporate governance and improved relationships with key stakeholders to optimize board performance, solidify board leadership and strengthen board culture through the widespread adoption of the Better Boards platform.

Swantje Conrad

Swantje Conrad is a former investment banking executive with a corporate finance and capital markets background. Her NED portfolio spans public and private equity owned companies, large cap and mid-sized organisations in specialist finance and engineering in the U.K., Germany and Spain. She also held trustee positions with charitable visual arts organisations and the J.P. Morgan Chase EMEA foundation.

Swantje spent close to 30 years in client-facing roles at J.P. Morgan in London and Frankfurt across corporate finance/M&A, equity research and global capital markets, engaging at the C-suite level with corporates and investment management companies.

She brings to Better Boards her experience as an active board member with a strong focus on governance and efficient processes.

Thomas Kipp

Thomas Kipp has held C-level roles in global postal and logistics companies for almost 20 years with particular focus on e-commerce, freight forwarding and contract logistics as well as digital and business model transformation, start-ups and sustainability management. He has also been a strategy advisor for over 10 years working with large multinational companies in FMCG, Automotive and Chemicals. Before setting up his own advisory business in Dubai, Thomas has worked in the GCC region for the past 3 years.

He has served on boards of publicly listed companies as well as family businesses and has gained rich intercultural experience having operated businesses across North America, Europe and Asia. Thomas is passionate about board diversity as a key driver for improved performance and governance.

Yasin Ali

Yasin is a Company Secretary with over 25 years of experience in the energy and petrochemical sectors. He was Group Company Secretary at INEOS for over a decade, where he worked closely with the Chairman/CEO and main Board as a trusted advisor on a wide range of topics, ranging from group structure to equity plans. He chaired the quarterly Group Functions Executive Committee and the Jim Ratcliffe Charitable Foundation and was also responsible for embedding the Group’s robust global governance programme.

Prior to this, he worked at BP plc as a Senior Company Secretary and in BP’s Exploration & Production business. He started his career at KPMG.

Yasin holds a Law degree from Sussex University and in 2009 was made a Fellow of the ICSA (now the Chartered Governance Institute).

Yasin excels at creating and maintaining relationships. He holds a firm belief that achieving the right complement of skills on the board is the key to unlocking a company’s potential.

Our revolutionary approach to board evaluations works.