Ade Sawyerr BSc (Administration) Management Option, MBA. FCMC
Ade is a management consultant with several years experience of working on economic, enterprise and community development issues. He is a founding partner at Equinox Consulting a consultancy set up 30 years ago to provide an integrated approach of consultancy, training, and research on issues that affect disadvantaged, socially excluded and ethnic minority communities in Britain and abroad. Ade has been at the forefront of enterprise and social enterprise development strategies.
He has conducted research into entrepreneurship, designed several enterprise development and inward investment programmes for local areas, directly counselled small and medium enterprises on set up and growth strategies, formulated and developed business plans in several industrial, financial and commercial sectors.
He has also developed, designed and delivered several enterprise skills programmes targeted at both start-ups and established growth organisations, led seminars and spoken at conferences. He has extensive experience in formation of business associations and chambers of commences helping them to deliver services to their stakeholders.
He has developed and managed loans and grants funds set up by development agencies to assist small businesses in local areas and worked on procurement projects that would engage small businesses in local purchasing initiatives. His work on enterprise development has taken him outside Britain to South Africa, Gambia, Italy, Zimbabwe and Ghana where he has appraised, monitored and evaluated projects.
Ade has undertaken research, consultancy and training assignments or a variety of topics including examining barriers to employment for young people and people from disadvantaged communities and designing and implementing hard and soft skills training programmes to improve their chances of employment, progression and retention in the job market.
Ade provides management support and consultancy to a large number of third sector organisations developing strategic and delivery plans, undertaking feasibility studies for community centres and facilities, appraising, reviewing and evaluating community development projects. He has also organised capacity building, training and leadership programmes directed at strengthen the management and staff capability, facilitated in strategic awayday seminars and conferences and implemented several community consultations. He has also conducted research on the state of the sector and the challenges faced by the third sector.
Prior to setting up Equinox Consulting, Ade had worked as a general manager in a medium sized business, had operated his own travel agency, worked as a systems engineer for IBM and as an assistant accountant in a bank. He holds an MBA from Manchester Business School, a B.Sc Administration Management from the University of Ghana; he is an approved consultant of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, a Certified Management Consultant and a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultancy.
Ade is active in community work, an ex governor of a primary school, and ex chairman of the Ghana Union London and an ex chairman of Gadangme Nikasemo Asafo a small cultural and educational charity. He sits on the advisory board of the black business brokerage service and was a trustee of London Community Foundation. Ade is a prolific writer and has published several articles on business and community development as well as on cultural issues.
DESIGNING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES.
Motivated by the desire to find solutions to seemingly intractable solutions for disadvantaged and emerging communities, Ade uses his vast experience gained in working with black and minority ethnic communities and his expertise as a competent business analyst to research and develop proposals for cohesive and integrated communities.
Ade has spent the last 35 years working as a management consultant in the UK, focusing on enterprise support, regeneration, community engagement and development and employment develop strategies. He has designed, developed and delivered training programmes on business, community management and employment skills and also undertaken policy research to inform decisions on the black and minority ethnic and other disadvantaged communities. He has consulted for a large number of community organisations, implemented capacity building programmes and explored strategies for building community cohesiveness and integration.
He has been active in community activity with a large number of facilitating and grassroots organisations and involved in the cultural, political, social and economic advancement of the African heritage community in the UK
His background qualifications are in management, a Bsc Administration in Management completed in University of Ghana in 1971 and an MBA from Manchester Business School in 1982
Ade writes on a variety of community, cultural and diversity issues and he is a powerful and insightful speaker at conferences and seminars
He spends a lot of his time at seminars, conferences and workshop on issues such as
- Politics of Africa and the Caribbean
- Inter-generational activities amongst the young and old
- Culture of Africa especially Ghana and specifically Gadangme Culture
- He is a member of the London Gadangme Speaking URC Fellowship
- He is also a member of the Sickle Cell Society and plays an active role when he can
COMPETENT & VERSATILE
Multi faceted with a profound insights on several issues that he uses to help people and organisations. A clear thinker who is constantly working on issues that affect the community around him. Trusted a valued colleague and friends who constantly tap into his ability to help find solutions to problems.
PROJECT APPRAISALS AND EVALUATION
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND CONSULTATIONS
FACILITATION AND STRATEGY SEMINARS
CAPACITY BUILDING AND TRAINING
BID AND PROPOSAL WRITING
ADVANCED COMPUTER SKILLS
- Proficient in the use of computers in building and generating networks and familiar with major software and productivity packages
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office 365 for business
- Proficient in the use of several statistical packages
- Excellent skills in speaking, reading and writing in English
- Excellent skill in speaking reading and writing of Ga
WIDE LENS SHARP FOCUS.
A MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT with several years’ experience in small and medium enterprise development, business planning, proposal structuring, feasibility studies, investment appraisal, project evaluation, management development and business training, project management, organisational restructuring, financial and economic analysis, market research and marketing, for small businesses as well as clients in the public, voluntary and private sectors. Work experience has included both long and short term assignments.
1979 – 1980 Group Manager, Cobdorf Group of Companies
1976 – 1979 Managing Director, Afro Asian Travel Centre
1972 – 1975 Systems Engineer, IBM World Trade Corporation
Developed and implemented training programs for management, systems analysts, programmers and operators in various computer installations.
1971 – 1972 Assistant Accountant, Ghana Commercial Bank
Working for businesses and community organisations and local and other statutory authorities demands that you know how they function, the best way is to serve on some of the numerous community organisations that exist and give your time to some of the most passionate causes.
2002 – 2006 Advisor Board Member, Black business Brokerage
2004 – 2006 Chair, GaDangme Nikasemo Asafo
1997 – 2001 Chairman, Ghana Union London
1992 – 1998 Executive Member, Brixton Business Forum
1994 – 1999 Governor, St Nicholas School, Purley
2001 – 2003 Council Member, London Civic Forum
COMMUNITY SERVICE REWARDS.
Communities can be transformed if all work together, the public sector initiating projects, the private sector contributing to projects in the localities they operate in, civil society organisations participating to ensure that project targets are met and communities benefit.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
The tangible benefits of any association is subantial improvements to the fortunes of the organisation
In looking at a way forward we commissioned Equinox Consultancy to conduct a community needs assessment on our behalf. The Trustees were presented with a draft report in March 2014 and the implications are being explored to inform a strategic plan for WACA. We are aware that key priorities identified by participants in the survey are: Education, Health and wellbeing and arts and culture. The way forward will be a key theme for our AGM. We would like to extend our thanks to Equinox for the work completed and to WBC for funding the work.
A key feature of this research is that the Black Caribbean community was involved in developing the recommendations that are put forward in this report. I hope these will be used as a foundation upon which the council can take action and embed practices that build stronger relationships and a better understanding of the Black Caribbean community in Lambeth. This report does not mark the end of a process but the beginning of a new way forward. I hope that the recommendations put forward will help the council work cooperatively not only with our established communities, but with our new communities too.
“the ACCF launched the business plan to the community and have received favourable response to the contents and the work programme. The plan was also presented to the leader, Leicester city council and his associates and they too offered their congratulations on the comprehensive research and vision.”
Chairman, African Caribbean Citizens Forum
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