Tesse Akpeki

Tesse Akpeki

Lawyer, chartered secretary, coach and mediator, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution

A lawyer, chartered secretary, coach, facilitator and accredited Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution mediator, Tesse works with knowledge of company secretarial matters, governance,leadership challenges and group dynamics.

Tesse is interested in change management, board development, personal development, strategic diversity and relationship management. She works with boards to enhance their effectiveness and to minimise and manage risk. She has served as an equal opportunities commissioner. A consultant with OnBoard (a division of Bates, Wells and Braithwaite Solicitors) and an approved National Council for Organisations consultant. A trainer with Independent Theatre Council, she is an associate of the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at City University's business school and of the Centre for Strategy and Communication. Tesse has been appointed as consultant to Marga Inc, based in New York, USA and of Partners for Innovation based in Ohio, USA.

Appointed as non-executive director in April 2002. Tesse is a member of the quality and risk management committee, the remuneration committee and the Mental Health Act managers committee. She has recently been appointed as Trustee of International Students House.

 

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Avoiding governance shambles

The Co-op's current troubles is a classic case of how bad governance can cripple an organisation says Tesse Akpeki.

 A new year, a new start, a new board?

New Years resolutions are a bit like trustee board decisions; made in earnest, but often not actioned. Tesse Akpeki looks at how trustee boards can stick to their resolutions in 2014.

Flat shoes

Tesse Akpeki invokes a fashion metaphor to summarise her learning from this year’s BoardSource event in Los Angeles.







Russell Brand (copyright Eva Rinaldi)

With Trustees' Week round the corner, Tesse Akpeki reflects on how last year she encouraged the PM to promote trusteeship.

Realising the potential of governance

Tesse Akpeki pays tribute to the Acevo Governance Commission but warns against reinventing the wheel.

Soured relations between a charity's management and its staff

A chair and a governance consultant advise a charity where staff are felling under pressure after its plans to cut costs and expand ran into difficulty.

The perfect pitch pays for good leadership

Governance specialist Tesse Akpeki shows how charity leaders can become pitch perfect.

Quaker decision-making – a triumph in board transparency

Tesse Apeki is impressed by the way Quaker organisations use real-time reporting in board meetings to ensure transparency

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