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.
1983 – date Partner, Equinox Consulting
Responsible for the day to day operation of this management consulting firm that focuses on enterprise and community development projects as they affect inner city and ethnic minority communities in Britain. I am responsible for the writing and supervision of most proposals and tenders for work. I have also led multi-disciplinary teams of associates to execute different types of projects. These include business skills training, management development programmes, studies for the setting up of enterprise agencies, counselling small business people conducting research, looking at mechanisms to promote and develop entrepreneurs in local areas, providing advice and specialist assistance to companies with potential for growth. I have worked for Local Authorities, TECs, City Challenges and Task Forces, Employment Service and a whole host of trusts and Charities that are involved in enterprise promotion.
1979 – 1980 Group Manager, Cobdorf Group of Companies
General Manager responsible directly to the Board of this family owned concern. Had full responsibility for the operation of all aspects of the groups work. I was in direct contact with the banks who were interested in revitalising this company after the death of the owner and founder. Successfully completed a restructuring and rationalisation, of this medium-sized highly diversified company involved in the production and marketing of food products, agriculture, property and tyre-re-treading, to ensure that the functions of production and service delivery, marketing, and finance were properly co-ordinated.
1976 – 1979 Managing Director, Afro Asian Travel Centre
Managed the day to day affairs of this travel agency involved in charter flights and tours. Expanded the company’s client base to include special event flights for seminars, conferences, sports people, pilgrims to various other countries apart from usual travel to Europe and America. Initiated an aircraft brokerage service for other operators including the state-owned airline and integrated linkages with hotels to provide a complete package tour operation.
1972 – 1975 Systems Engineer, IBM World Trade Corporation
Appointed to assist in the computerisation of several small and large organisation in both the private and public sectors. This involved the conducting of surveys to determine computer needs, the design of appropriate operating systems environment, development of application programs and the provision of on-going management support for the installations.
Developed and implemented training programs for management, systems analysts, programmers and operators in various computer installations.
1971 – 1972 Assistant Accountant, Ghana Commercial Bank
Involved in various aspects of retail banking and appraisal of proposals for funding small businesses.
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.
1998 – 2010 Trustee, The London Community Foundation 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.