BME London and L&Q join forces to unlock smaller housing associations’ development capacity.

Press Release – BME London and L&Q join forces to unlock smaller housing associations’ development capacity. (click here for full press release)

Many Housing Associations (HAs) of all sizes wish to develop more. However, the current operating environment challenges those seeking to develop, and in particular, smaller HAs.

A group of BME London Housing Associations are looking to work with L&Q as part of a development strategic partnership to help unlock smaller HAs’ development capacity and bring forward a range of much needed new high quality affordable homes.

The BME London HAs and L&Q have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), which outlines the key principles of the collaboration. This partnership aims to achieve the development of at least 200 new Affordable Homes by March 2022, increasing supply in and around London and addressing the housing need that is prevalent in the capital… Continue reading “BME London and L&Q join forces to unlock smaller housing associations’ development capacity.”

Housing sector leaders promote leadership diversity

The Leadership 2025 Advisory Board has been established to support housing associations to implement the five recommendations of the Leadership 2025 Review on creating a more diverse sector, and to monitor their progress.* At this inaugural meeting, the Mayor of London’s Office confirmed its commitment to ensuring that the capital’s housing sector can draw on the talents of people from the widest possible range of backgrounds. The Board includes: Gina Amoh (Chair) – Chief Executive of Inquilab HA and Chair of BME Landlords London. David Montague – Chief Executive, L&Q Jamie Ratcliff – Assistant Director of Housing, GLA Shaun Scantlebury – Director, EY People Advisory Services Elly Hoult – Chair, CIH Futures Emma Maier – Editor, Inside Housing And is supported by Altair Specialist Housing Consultants.  Continue reading “Housing sector leaders promote leadership diversity”

BME London Response To London Mayors Vision for a Diverse and Inclusive City

BME London’s housing organisation’s map of operation covers nearly every Greater London borough each with the management infrastructure, necessary administrative capabilities to be the conduits to expedite the execution of strategic project initiatives with the financial management expertise and credibility to leverage added value and the investment required to targeted BME communities to benefit, and realise much of The Mayor’s vision for a diverse and inclusive city with the efficacy required.

BME London proposes that The Mayor’s Office, The GLA engage with BME London further to explore and take advantage of emergent impact opportunities developed by BME London’s collaboration initiatives to facilitate the priority outcomes stated with its consultation documentation.

By utilising BME London collaborative structure as a key strategic partner The Mayor will be able to further enhance its role as an enabler to leverage more from the resources available to effect its vision. With the Mayor’s office vision there is a clear opportunity to strengthen the impact that BME London can have playing a central role in targeting existing stakeholders and potential beneficiaries from BME communities by plugging into the delivery of GLA strategic plans across London.

Click here to see BME London Landlord’s full response.

Leadership 2025 – The Right Initiative

James Murray, Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Residential Development at Launch of Leadership 2025

Download The Altair Review – Delivering a step change in ethnically diverse leadership across the housing sector

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 OptivoLondon & 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.

Delivery Partners

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.

The Altair Review

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.