Leadership 2025

“The CIH Presidential Commission on Leadership and Diversity identified some big sector challenges to facilitate inclusion at the top. Leadership 2025 is one powerful solution. I’m delighted to see the sector is ready to take action.”
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The Story So Far


Frequently Asked Questions

What is it?

Leadership 2025 is an intensive 9-month leadership development programme, in partnership with Roffey Park, available exclusively to senior leaders from BME backgrounds working in the housing sector. At its heart, Leadership 2025 aims to support and empower BME senior professionals to become sector leaders of the future. However, more than just leadership programme, Leadership 2025 seeks to positively disrupt the housing sector by challenging current perceptions and promoting the fact that diversity is not just something that ticks boxes but is actually good for business.

Who is behind it?

Three organisations – BME London Landlords, Optivo and L&Q, came together to initiate Leadership 2025

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Funders Group

The Leadership 2025 Funders Group, that has oversight of the overall programme and provides guidance and advice to the Shadow Trustees, comprises:

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Why was it set up?

In many areas, the housing sector is ahead of the curve on diversity and inclusion in employment. There is talent in the sector, but it is not coming through. In response to this challenge, BME London Landlords, L&Q, Optivo, in partnership with Roffey Park, have joined forces to develop a leadership programme – Leadership 2025. This programme will help guide senior BME leaders in housing to navigate the glass maze of executive leadership and become the sector influencers of the future.

But where the sector falls short is in the proportion of BME people in key leadership roles. It is disproportionately small with just 4% of senior leadership roles held by individuals from BME backgrounds, compared to a 14% BME make-up of the total population. Whilst there are a number of BME CEOs in BME HAs, these organisations tend to be between 50 – 5,000 units. The representation of BME individuals in larger HAs drops significantly.


Trustee and Support

The three shadow trustees, Olu Olanrewaju, Gina Amoh and Kate Dodsworth are supported by:

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Where it all started

The First Cohort

Leadership 2025 – Be a Part of Making a Change

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 Landlords flagship 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 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, with BME London Landlords 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.

The First Cohort

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.

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.

Delivery Partners

Other partners include Roffey Park, the internationally renowned leadership institute operating out of UK and Singapore, who 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, part of the steering group playing a crucial role in facilitating this partnership published The Altair Review outline a 5 point plan 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. Read the report now.