Leadership 2025 has now been successfully registered as a charity with the Charity Commission. As a registered charity, Leadership 2025 will be more widely recognised for its great work, be able to conduct more impactful research reports, collaborate with other public sector agencies and access funding from a range of diversified sources. This in turn will allow the charity to have a greater impact within the housing sector and beyond.
The benefits of diverse leadership teams is well documented. And Leadership 2025, with support from a number of allies, was set up with an ambition of providing solutions to address the huge lack of diversity in leadership and stimulating the housing sector to address inequalities.
Leadership 2025 is making progress to address not only the talent pipeline, but crucially encouraging organisations to focus on the cultural and systemic issues that create barriers for people of colour in their organisations.
Olu Olanrewaju, chair of Leadership 2025, highlighted the milestones at an event yesterday to celebrate the successful completion of the programme’s six participants and to announce the participants for cohort four. The event was sponsored by BAME Recruitment.
“The successful alumni have confirmed the premise that the talent is there but needs the opportunities to display their talents. Some have gone on to achieve promotions, or more senior roles in other organisations, some have become board members, with others taking prominent sector leadership roles.
However, we need more organisations to sign up to the 5-point plan of action or similar interventions to effectively eliminate the structural barriers preventing people of colour to excel and make lasting changes at all levels, in particular leadership levels where the tone is set.
We look forward to continuing our mission with renewed vigour and enthusiasm””.
Leadership 2025 has been a standing item at the Homes for Londoners Board meetings, chaired by the Mayor. The trustees are delighted that the GLA continues to shine a spotlight on performance. Tom Copley, Deputy Mayor of Housing was the chief speaker at the launch event to welcome the fourth cohort for Leadership 2025, congratulate the success of the year 3 participants, and celebrate its new charitable status.
The trustees recognise this is a national issue, so we need the whole sector to step up. As a registered charity, Leadership 2025 has a strengthened purpose to make this happen.
Leadership 2025 participants are chosen through a rigorous selection process from a range of housing organisations, including some of the largest and smallest in the country. In addition to the formal learning, they receive mentoring advice from current housing sector leaders; attend masterclasses on technical aspects of housing association leadership; and receive exposure to leaders in other sectors.
The Business school supported leadership programme is aimed at Executive and CEO ready senior leaders from a BME background.
To find out more about the Leadership 2025 initiative (from today to be known as a charity), the five-point action plan, or how to be part of the leadership index of champions for diversity, further details can be found at www.leadership2025.co.uk