About BME London Landlords

At a time when collaboration has never been more relevant or necessary; the sector as a whole faces immense challenges and uncertainty in delivering services within the current operating environment. In January 2016 twelve BME housing associations (later 2 more BME RSL's joined) chose to embark on a series of collaborative projects to in order to: 1. Deliver enhanced value for money for their residents, communities and organisations 2. Share best practice. 3. Provide opportunities for their residents to access to services, such as employment support, that they would not otherwise be able to deliver alone
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Our Mission & Vision

Our vision and mission is to successfully collaborate to create greater social impact

Our vision is to be a leading example of successful collaboration and social innovation; together we will increase our capacity, pool our resources, add value and achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness. We will sieze the opportunity be a key influencer in the housing sector and wider society; as sustainable community facing social enterprises we will use our collective insight and bargaining power to shape relevant policy and seek to create greater social impact

Mission and Purpose

Overall, it is recognised that what we have achieved so far has provided an important basis for our group to build trust and has given us the opportunity to learn how to work together in a relatively low-risk capacity. This has meant that we now have the necessary foundations in place so that we can work towards delivering more large-scale and higher-impact projects as part of our business plans moving forward.

We understand that these types of projects will most certainly require even more individual and collective investment, and commitment compared to current projects. However, it is envisaged that they will ultimately enable our group to achieve a greater return on our investment. This will in turn directly benefit our customers and communities as well as the wider social housing sector.

Mission

To work together in partnership to deliver ambitious, innovative and influential projects that provide positive outcomes and enhanced value for money for our residents, communities and organisations.

Vision

Our vision is to be a leading example of successful collaboration; together we will increase our capacity, pool our resources, increase our social value with  greater efficiencies and greater impact. We will also be a key influencer in the housing sector; using our collective insight and bargaining power to shape relevant policy and our service delivery


 

Our Goals

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Achieving our vision through specific goals

The group has identified three goals:

1. Delivering More

Delivering more for our customers; improving their access to services that support them to sustain their tenancies and transform their life chances.

2. Advocacy

Advocating for our communities; using our collective knowledge / understanding of BME issues to positively influence relevant housing policy and using this insight to shape our services.

3. Collective Bargaining Power

Harnessing the group’s combined bargaining power; increasing overall value for money for members by effecting projects that ‘enhance’ the delivery of each organisation’s mission.

Who We Are

Our Chair & Member Organisations

BME London consists of 14 CEO’s, the executive leads of some of arguably the most dynamic community facing social enterprises that currently exist in London today. As providers of social housing (affordable homes that have benefitted from public investment) each organisation is subject to delivering its services to BME communities within the context of a highly regulated sector that demands the highest standards in organisational governance and consumer standards.  Each organisation having existed for over more than 30 years, provides services to some of the most disadvantaged communities in London. The collective experience of each organisation gives a telling insight to the journey’s, experience, challenges and everyday realities of the communities they serve. Managing staff teams ranging from 2 to 40 members and serving management boards who provided strategic guidance and operational oversight, BME London membership recognises the leadership role that London as one of the most diverse world cities demands.

Chair: Gina Amoh

Chair: Gina Amoh

Chair

Gina is a veteran of the housing industry with over 30 years’ experience, and almost 18 years as Chief Executive of Inquilab. Named in the top 50 Power Players in the housing sector 2019, Gina has been instrumental in developing BME London’s project Leadership 2025  with G15 and Private Sector partners, an initiative with a long-term ambition of supporting the creation of a housing sector that is vibrant and diverse at all levels, with better representation of individuals who are from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds at leadership levels. Gina as Chair of BME London works closely with Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and L&Q on the Build London Partnership

Jai Dosanjh

Jai Dosanjh

CEO - Arhag HA

Bashir Uddin

Bashir Uddin

CEO - Bangla HA

Ben Laryea

Ben Laryea

CEO - Ekaya HA

Khalid Mair

Khalid Mair

Chair - Imani Housing Coop Ltd

Neil Ayre

Neil Ayre

CEO - Odu Dua

Suzanne Wolfe

Suzanne Wolfe

CEO - Industrial Dwellings Society

John Delahunty

John Delahunty

CEO - Innisfree HA

Aziz Rahim

Aziz Rahim

CEO - North London Muslim HA

Leslie Laniyan

Leslie Laniyan

CEO - Shian HA

Devan Kanthasamy

Devan Kanthasamy

CEO - Tamil Community HA

Ricky Scipio

Ricky Scipio

CEO - Westway HA

F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is there a need for BME Register Social Landlords?

Most BME Registered Social Landlords were formed subsequent to Urban riots in the 1980’s where Lord Scarmen’s public inquiry report findings in the aftermath of disturbances that took place, that BME communities needed to have more of a stake in society. Because of the race disparity inequalities that existed at time in accessing decent housing, the regulator of social housing at the time responded to challenges put forward by a growing movement of community activism that provided clear evidence of discrimination to BME communities, by developing in partnership with the Federation of Black Housing Organisations the BME Housing Strategy, which saw over 100 BME Registered Social Landlords developed in the UK.

What does BME London do?

BME Communities are still experiencing significant disparities and inequalities in housing, employment, health outcomes, social mobility and many more indices. By coming together collectively 14 BME London RSL’s whose primary stakeholders represent the majority BAME communities based in London are now working together to highlight structural inequalities, leverage their assets and resources to work with partners to deliver projects and programmes that provide innovative solutions to address the disparities that exist.

Who do you work with?

BME London RSL’s already work with local authorities, larger mainstream housing associations, regional authorities and private sector organisations.  BME London Landlords as a collective are keen to work with larger corporate businesses and philanthropists to partner and develop dynamic socially innovative projects, products and programmes that advance ESG’s, SDG’s objectives, socially innovative work towards greater social impact. BME London has already led the way with the Leadership 2025 programme, and the Build London Partnership.