This event is now over and took place on Tue 24 Sep 2013

Event Summary

Looking at the future of board reporting, this session, we will examine the place of the Virtual Boardroom and look at how board meetings are being made more effective by IT and lead to more effective conversations.

Participants will be:

• Discussing the ways that digital technology and enhance the governance of their organisations
• Considering practical issues to pay attention to – legal and good governance practices that can enhance decision making of the effectiveness of your meetings
• Viewing a practical demonstration of simple and secure ways to read and annotating your board papers.
• Hearing about the Board intelligence hub – using the power of technology to improve the content of board materials and improve governance processes
• Making technology available to a wider audience

Participants are encouraged to share new practices that have energised their boards and come to a clearer understanding of what board needs.


Tess Woodcraft is a freelance consultant. She is a trainer/consultant at the Centre for Strategy and Communication. Recent clients include the Diana Memorial Fund, Guinness Trust, Mencap and Education Action International.

Woodcraft started her career in publishing and went on to be an academic lawyer, before starting work in the voluntary sector. She spent a few years working for the trade union NALGO and then moved into journalism where she worked on BBC Radio 4 and presented a current affairs programme on Channel 4. Tess works on diversity and strategic corporate communication.

She then moved to be head of communications for Islington Council, spending two years there before co-founding the Centre for Strategy and Communications. She works with clients to develop their influencing skills and their own best personal style, and also on corporate communication strategy, helping organisations to increase their impact.
Tess has been on a number of charity boards and served as Charity Commissioner.
She can be contacted at

OnBoard consultant, Tesse Akpeki is a lawyer, an accredited CEDR mediator and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. She has served as an Equal Opportunities Commissioner, a non-executive board director of West London Mental Health, and is currently a governor of Independent Students House (ISH) and Chair of its Governance Committee.

She is an associate of Partners for Innovation Inc., Perrysburg, Ohio, USA and a cooperating consultant of Marga Incorporated , New York USA . She is also an approved NCVO consultant and an Independent Theatre Council trainer. Tesse is an associate of the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at the CASS Business School, and the Centre for Strategy and Communication.


5pm: Registration
5.30pm: Seminar
7.30pm networking


£30 excluding VAT


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