Designing Resilience

Motivated by the desire to find solutions to seemingly intractable problems for disadvantaged and emerging communities, Ade Sawyerr, a management consultant uses his vast experience gained in working with (BAME) 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 development strategies.  He has designed, developed and delivered training programmes on business, community management and employment skills and undertaken policy research to inform decisions on the (BAME) black and minority ethnic and other disadvantaged communities.  He has consulted for many community organisations, implemented capacity building programmes and explored strategies for building community cohesiveness and integration.

He combines his work as a management consultant with a lot of activism in community  and grassroots organisations.  He is also  involved in the cultural, political, social and economic advancement of the African heritage community in the UK

His background qualifications are in management. He holds a Bsc Administration degree in Management from the University of Ghana (1971) and an MBA from Manchester Business School (1982)

Ade writes on a variety of cultural and diversity issues in the community and he is a powerful and insightful speaker at conferences and seminars


Ade Sawyerr has interests in a variety of issues that he finds time to discuss or speak or write on on (BAME) black and minority ethnic issues in addition to his voluntary activities. He is very much a thought leader of African, Ghanaian, Gadangme and Ga issues. 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
Community Service is Rewarding 

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.



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 General Manager, Cobdorf Ghana

General Manager responsible directly to the Board of this family-owned concern.  I 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, sportspeople, 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 WTC Ghana

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, GCB, Ghana

Involved in various aspects of retail banking and appraisal of proposals for funding small businesses.

Community Involvement

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


Competent. Versatile.

Multi-faceted with 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 communities around him.  Trusted and valued colleague with clients who constantly tap into his ability to help find solutions to problems.

Business Planning

Collecting information from proposers of the project, carrying out secondary and primary research formulating a strategic plan that provides a guide to further action on the governance and management, the services and goods, the markets and marketing, the production and service management, the capital and resource requirements and the equity and debt requirements of the project

Project Appraisal and Evaluation

Appraising projects and applications for funding to ensure that they meet the criteria that has been set up by funders and ordering the projects based on the priorities of the funders and evaluation projects that have been delivered using baseline information to determine that the goals and objectives have been met, targets delivered to provide the desired impact and that lessons have been learned

Policy Research

Designing robust methodologies and undertaking research on issues affecting black and minority ethnic communities who are normally referred to as ‘hard to reach’ but are traditionally excluded communities

Community Consultations and Engagement

Devising innovative and appropriate methodologies to enable us to consult with the black and minority ethnic communities so that we can elicit their views on issues that are of concern to them and engage them in such a manner that they can also participate and decision making at the local, regional and national level on issues that affect them

Facilitation and Strategy Seminars

Helping organisations to develop action plans based on facilitation strategies that enable the review of the organisation, the statement of purpose of the future based on the present strengths and weaknesses of the organisation and the parameters and variables that will enhance future focus and performance

Capacity Building and Management Skills Training

Providing training programmes in business skills, community organisational management skills and seminars, soft employment skills and board and trustee seminars and training programmes across different sectors.

Bid and Proposal Writing 

Development of proposals for the implementation of projects ensuring that the goals, objectives, inputs and targets and impact are clearly stated and that evaluative capacity is built into the proposals that are developed and a community delivery plan with costings is provided

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 Communication Skills 
  • Excellent skills in speaking, reading and writing in English
  • Excellent skill in speaking reading and writing of Ga


Recent Work

Exciting and interesting projects.  Grateful to have added value to many issues that confront BAME, black and minority ethnic people in Britain.  Worked on developing, designing and delivery training courses in business skills, employment skills and skills for the management of community organisations.  Developed systems for monitoring and appraising business and community projects, undertaken feasibility studies and business and delivery plans in a variety of fields.  Policy research work on black and minority community issues have been very fulfilling.  Continue to work on community consultations, engagement and involvement projects.  Always finding solutions to seemingly intractable problems by designing inclusive methodologies.

A selection of recent projects are described below

Ubele Initiative

Working with two organisations:- 198  CAL Gallery and Carnival de Pueblo to provide them with hands on advice on business planning, trustee and board recruitment, social impact analysis and funding sources.

Lambeth Council

Development of a Voluntary and Community Sector Strategy for the Borough of Lambeth following consultations with a survey of the sector and key informant discussions with members of the sector constituted into a steering group.  The project also involved the examination of models from other local authority areas and background research to investigate new and innovative models of making the voluntary sector work in partnership with the voluntary and private sector to tackle social need in the borough.

Lewisham Sports Consortium

Working with a community organisation that has acquired council-owned land under the community ownership and management of assets scheme that they have turned into 7 footballs pitches for community use to develop a business plan and explore more ways of generating income and seeking funding to further transform the facility into a fully-fledged sustainable community centre

Gloucestershire County Council

Review of support services to carers from the black and minority ethnic communities to ensure that they receive appropriate support from the county to enable them to provide better care

Lambeth Council

Insight research into the Caribbean community to find out why they are dissatisfied with the services delivered by the council and with recommendations as to how they can be better engaged with the council to codesign, co-develop and co-deliver services within a cooperative council

Ekaya Housing Association

Facilitation of an away day seminar to ensure that the social landlord delivers a more appropriate portfolio of services to the tenants by providing value

Watford African Caribbean Association

Outreach into the community to determine emerging needs and emerging communities and how these can be addressed by a community organisation that needs to refocus its activities to become relevant to its younger members and newer communities coming into the area

International Organization for Migration

Research the views of Nigerian professionals in the UK to determine how they can be encouraged back home to assist with the development effort

Black Issues Matter  

Equality is the single most important issue in the world today. Whilst it must have been a minority issue in the past, it has become a majority issue with the changes in demographics of this country which has become a multicultural multiethnic place.  It is only when BAME black and minority ethnic people are able to benefit socially, economically and politically that they can contribute their best to the continued development of Britain.



Objective Focussed

It is always a pleasure to have a meaningful relationship with a client.  At the start of the process is a need to listen and determine what the client’s objectives are and to design a methodology that ensures that the client is always at the centre of the process. This is especially import when working with BAME, black and minority ethnic communities and other who feel that they are traditionally excluded and regarded as hard to reach.

“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.”
Clive Saunders, Chairman, Watford African Caribbean Association
“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.”
Cllr Lorna Campbell, Cabinet member for Equalities and Communities Lambeth Council
“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

Tangible Improvements

The tangible benefits of any association are substantial improvements to the fortunes of the organisation



Excellent Instruction

Educated at some of the best institutions on the world and classmate of some of the best in the land.

Academic Qualification
Professional Qualifications 
  • 2000 Approved Consultant, National Council for Voluntary Organisations
  • 1997 Fellow, Certified Management Consultant 
  • 1992 Member, Institute of Management Consultancy

The Client Must Come First!