This event is now over and took place on Thu 10 Jul 2014

Event Summary

When we listen, when groups are able to make good decisions, when people feel understood, the quality of leadership is enhanced. How can you help governing boards and groups to become more effective? Facilitative skills are increasingly becoming a core competency for leaders, managers, consultants, coaches, trainers and others who work with groups. It is not just for facilitators anymore.

Advanced Facilitation will put the spotlight on essential facilitation techniques for seasoned consultants, trainers, board and committee chairs, CEOs or executive directors, and others who work with governing boards and/or advisory groups.

The day will cover the following:

  • Approaches to facilitation - vital advanced facilitation skills
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Using post it notes for impactful facilitation
  • Dealing with resistance
  • Using post it notes for powerful faclitation
  • Resolving conflict and confronting difficult issues
  • Moving towards agreement
  • Developing you facilitation toolkit - outstandning facilitation and facilitation techniques 
  • Using facilitation to address governance and strategic issues
  • Productive meetings - adopting a framework that results in high quality decisions
  • Adopting a framework that results in high quality decisions
  • Modelling Positive Attitudes
  • Tips and tools that help

Advanced Facilitation will assume knowledge and experience. Participants would have facilitated groups and be looking to hone their skills further. Participants will benefit from filling the pre-session questionnaire sent as part of the preparation for the course. It will also be the next step for participants who have attended the Vital Facilitation course.


Tesse Akpeki is a consultant in leadership, management, governance and personal development. She heads Bates Well Braithwaite’s Onboard programme based in the City of London.

For thirteen years she played a role in shaping the governance programme at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations in England. Attending a one-year leadership development programme run by Learn As Lead, San Francisco, USA, she completed intensive training on Community Development and Appreciative Inquiry and is a graduate of Creating the Future (USA). A qualified coach, facilitator and mediator, she brings a practical slant to the work she undertakes. Working with over 1000 non-profit boards nationally and internationally, she acts as a Leadership Coach, and undertakes governance reviews. She has authored 20 governance books and blogs for Civil Society Media in England. As a lawyer, she has served as a non-executive director and is a Governor of International Student House and Chair of its Governance Committee. Clients have included TimeWarner International, The Home Office, Amnesty International, Citizens Advice, NCVO, National Trust, BACP, YHA, Fostering Network, WaterAid, Action Aid, National Trust, UnLtd, Charity Aid Foundation, Centre for Strategy and Communication and Centre for Charity Effectiveness to name a few.

Mark Trezona 

Mark is Managing Director and Head of New Partnerships for BridgeBuilders S.T.G. Limited, the company he co-founded with his partner in 2000. He has an MA in Management Learning & Leadership (MAMLL), specialising in Organisational Communications and in 2010 achieved an MA with distinction in Performance Making from Goldsmiths University.

He has worked as an independent trainer, facilitator and consultant since 1990. During this time his work has included all aspects of training from needs analysis, programme design and delivery through to evaluation in a wide range of management, communications and interpersonal skill development. His training repertoire includes advanced communications, selling; marketing and customer care along with appraisal and interview skills, negotiation skills, managing conflict, public speaking and advanced presentation skills.

His specialist expertise is in leadership and management, team development, learning, creativity, communications and performance. His approach uses the best use of Appreciative Inquiry (finding out what is already working well), reflective practice and experiential learning, rehearsal, and – when helpful – arts-based activities such as story telling, improvisation, theatre games and visual arts. He has extensive experience in devising and crafting programmes for workshops, ‘performances’ and conferences. He is co-author of “Did It Deliver? – evaluating arts-based training inside business” published by Arts & Business (2001).

He deliberately works across sectors with organisations of all sizes. His organisational development experience includes programmes with Universities, HEFCE, UUK, OU Worldwide, UFI Ltd, Wandsworth Borough Council, MTV Europe, AMEX, Arts & Business and Arts Council England.



9.30am - 4.30pm seminar
4.30pm networking and drinks

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