Tesse Akpeki Associates Ltd

The Chartered Governance Institute UK and Ireland is committed to promoting gender equality.   To celebrate International Women’s Day with the theme #BreakTheBias, CGI shares the stories of key women leaders in governance from around the world.  Tesse Akpeki FCG discusses her experience as a senior woman working in governance.   Tesse shares her perspective on how to break bias through initiatives and actions that support the creation of a gender equal, diverse and inclusive world.   She shines the light 💡 on the importance of heralding and supporting wellbeing, mental health and strengthening resilience.

Discover Governance – Case Study – Tesse Akpeki (cgi.org.uk)-Tesse was profiled by The Chartered Governance Institute during Black History Month – celebrating her role as a governance professional.

Leading HE board diversity and inclusion: Roles, Priorities and Practice is facilitating a new supporting Inclusive Board Community through a collaborative project set up by AdvancedHE and GuildHE. The ambition of the project is to enhance board diversity, inclusion, equity and equality. Tesse has been appointed  as lead convener of this inspirational and aspirational project.

Celebrating & Championing  Leadership While Dealing with governance, leadership and management challenges. 

Described by her clients as ‘a leading light’,  Tesse delivers her services with a smile, compassion, gentleness, care and kindness.   She brings hope through the prism of fun, joy, love, resilience, laughter and optimism.   Integrating  technical skills with human-centered approaches is key to purpose-driven organisations.

Clients enjoy working with Tesse Akpeki Associates Limited with the ease that comes with it as well as achieving lasting result.  We notice how much difference having great people as leaders make to organisations.  Finding and nurturing talent  and developing skills is key.  People simply flourish in organisations where they are set up to thrive and succeed.

Tesse Akpeki : Key note speaker, Leaders and Governance Strategist, Influencer, Coach,  Facilitator, Trainer, Relationship Development Adviser, Seeker,  Peace Maker and Bridge Builder

I strive to be the best that I can be so people can take of advantage of my pursuit of excellence and use it to the advantage of their organisation.   My love of knowledge and desire to learn comes with a deep curiosity to explore and be adventurous about organisational health, people and resilience.  As a person , I have experienced highs and low; organisations are no exception.   I am able to journey with my clients through their struggles, their bumps, their sufferings, their pain and their triumphs with the hope of coming out at the other side and ability to learn from failure.  I believe there is nothing like the joy of working with organisations to create and implement change that makes a difference while building sustainability.

I am a director of Tesse Akpeki Associates Limited  and Founder of the Well-being and Resilience Leadership Initiative.  I am an Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner and a graduate of the Inner Activist .  I  have an eclectic advisory portfolio that has evolved over the last 35 years.   I act as lead consultant for Bates Wells, Senior Associate for NCVO, Associate Trainer for Directory for Social Change , Senior Adviser for Trustees Unlimited Diversity Panel ,  Associate of Getting On Board , Adviser for BOND diversity international awards , Judge for the Charity Governance Awards hosted by The Clothworkers Company  , Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute (ICSA) , Mentor to members of the Chartered Governance Institute (ICSA), Practitioner of Client Centred Leadership, founder of Tesse Leads  and host of Tesse Talks.   I am an accredited coach of the Coaching Academy and an ILM certified coach, trained by the  MOE foundation . I am a member for the Buzz Launch Team for Weaving Influence and  review books on Netgalley. I review books for the Chartered Governance Institute (CGI )

I am also an advisor to Pyro Talks and the Institute of Risk Management

I have worked with “Tesse for well over 10 years and recommend her highly.  She brings to her work an emotional intelligence that helps her see through to the heart of an issue and get people working together constructively.  All delivered with humour, kindness and verve.  A rare combination of talents.” Philip Kirkpatrick, Charity & Social Enterprise Lawyer, Partner at Bates Wells

“What I admire about Tesse is her thirst for knowledge.  I mention a new take on governance, testing or leadership and before I know it, she is enrolled in an advanced study course and getting certified”. Carol Weisman, MSW, CSP


Useful Resources

Battle of the Board

It’s A Battle of the Mind by Debbie Allcock Tyler’s newest publication Foreword by Tesse Akpeki

Tesse Akpeki Governing with Intent

“Governing with Intent: An Enquiry into Trustee Board Effectiveness ” is another publication by Tesse Akpeki. Get it here.

Tesse Akpeki Wired to Govern Publication

Tesse co authored a publication, ” Wired to Govern ” with 2 senior colleagues. Download it here.

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