Our people.

Our board.

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”

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

Turkhan Makhmudov

Non-Executive Director.

Turkhan Makhmudov is an accomplished adviser and member of Management Boards, including start-ups and early stage businesses. He brings vast operating experience combined with qualifications in behavioural science, finance and business management and life sciences.

His 20 year career in global companies brings experience in strategic planning, marketing and brands, public affairs, and strategic communications. His career includes leading roles within the likes of BBDO Worldwide and British American Tobacco.

He brings to the Better Boards board his hands-on practice and research expertise in strategy development, scenario planning and behavioural distortions in strategic planning process with the aim to help Better Boards grow.

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.

Mark Runacres

Mark Runacres is an experienced businessman and diplomat who brings a wealth of experience in boards from both the public and private sectors.

His diplomatic career took him to New Delhi, Paris, and New York as well as several posts in London such as that with the Department of Trade and Industry.

Currently he serves as Non-executive Chair at the Sustainability Advisors, a partner at The Hearth Education Advisory and an Associate at The Ambassador Partnership. He is also serving as a Non-Executive Director and on the Advisory Boards of several other companies.

With this storied career Mark sees the essential nature of board evaluations and the advantage that Better Boards’ approach brings.

Chris Low

Mark Runacres is an experienced businessman and diplomat who brings a wealth of experience in boards from both the public and private sectors.

His diplomatic career took him to New Delhi, Paris, and New York as well as several posts in London such as that with the Department of Trade and Industry.

Currently he serves as Non-executive Chair at the Sustainability Advisors, a partner at The Hearth Education Advisory and an Associate at The Ambassador Partnership. He is also serving as a Non-Executive Director and on the Advisory Boards of several other companies.

With this storied career Mark sees the essential nature of board evaluations and the advantage that Better Boards’ approach brings.

Our revolutionary approach to board evaluations works.

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