James Murray, Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Residential Development at Launch of Leadership 2025
BME London’s very own initiative Leadership 2025 is a push back against the imbalance of BME (Black and minority ethnic) professionals in leadership roles in the housing sector officially launched at City Hall in November 2017. The BME affordable housing sector which has over 70 organisations the UK who are considered BME led (meaning the majority of board members in most cases and senior executive officers come from a BME background) are the most powerful social businesses, in terms of economic assets and senior leadership in the UK today. In partnership with two of the largest leading mainstream housing associations in the UK, L&Q, and Optivo, BME London have developed a pioneering leadership programme, that other sectors within the UK will be taking note of and considering as issues of diversity in the boardroom and at senior executive level continues to be raised as the way to go for companies and institutions to meet the complex challenges society faces as we move forward.
Six participants have been selected for an intensive nine-month business school accredited programme with the aim of preparing them to become the sector leaders of the future.
Partnership with the BME 14
Sponsorship partners Optivo, London & Quadrant have worked diligently with BME London Landlords to get this ground breaking project off the ground from an initial idea from the Learning and Development stream of the BME London Collaboration Project which was formed by original 12 BME HA’s which has grown to what is known in some circles as the BME fourteen.
Roffey Park, the internationally renowned leadership institute operating out of UK and Singapore, are responsible for delivering the leadership 2025 programme along with 6 CEO’s from the G15 group of some of the largest Housing Associations in the country who will be mentoring each of the participants.
Altair the specialist housing consultancy who played a key role supporting the development of BME London Landlords sector leading collaboration project, are part of the steering group playing a crucial role in facilitating this partnership to enable the affordable housing sector to lead the way in its effort to bring about the benefits of diversity at the highest executive level.