Black On Board Community

What is the Black On Board Community?

The Black on Board (BoB) community is a network of people committed to support BME people into governance positions and Olmec’s mission of race equality through economic and social justice. BoB community was founded by graduates of the BoB training programme.

BoB community is an environment for BME people to share lived experience and peer learning, and develop as community leaders and receive mentoring and training into board, senior management, community and civic leadership roles.

Why is Black On Board Important

The 2017 McGregor-Smith review suggested the economy could receive a £24bn annual boost if businesses stamped out ethnic inequality. It found that BME people were still often disadvantaged at work and that employment rates amongst the BME population was 12% lower than for white counterparts. They were more likely to work in lower paid and lower skilled jobs despite being more likely to have a degree, and just 6% reached top-level management positions.

The Parker Review 2016

“Understanding and responding to cultural and demographic change is a major commercial imperative both in the UK and globally. We must all recognise, business included, that the UK has changed dramatically over the past 40 years:

• Today, approximately 14% of the total UK population is a “person of colour”, or from a “non-white” ethnic group1 – up from just over 2% in 1971.
• By 2030, it is expected that the proportion will be closer to 20% of the total UK population.”

An Examination of the FTSE 100:

•             1,087 director positions in total
•             UK citizen directors of colour represent only about 1.5% of the total director population
•             90 individual directors of colour (four hold two Board positions)
•             Total directors of colour represent about 8% of the total (compared to 14% of the UK population)
•             53 out of the FTSE 100 companies do not have any directors of colour
•             Seven companies account for over 40% of the directors of colour
•             Five out of the seven companies have headquarters historically located outside the UK
•             Only nine people of colour hold the position of Chair or CEO

Black on Board Community: breaking the glass ceiling

Our focus is on working with communities in London, however the problem is a national one and crosses sectors, as our communities in London and the UK becomes increasingly diverse. London is the most ethnically diverse city in the UK with 34% of resident population made up of migrants (30% in outer London and 40% in inner London).


Black on Board Community was created by the students from the programme who were so positively affected by the training. The group realised that training and mentoring, allied to the building of community is a powerful tool. They wanted a grassroots member organisation that provided ongoing learning and peer support, open to everyone in the UK.

  • Address underrepresentation at board level through the building of the Black on Board Community 
  • Building empowered confident communities through networking and peer support.
  • Mentoring and networking within Black on Board Community.

Benefits of joining the Black on Board Community

What do I get?

· A say in the Black on Board Community: one member, one vote.

· An opportunity to stand for election to the BoB Committee

· Invitations general meetings & awaydays

· Peer mentoring scheme

· Discounted training

· Access to board vacancies & a monthly newsletter

· Opportunity to gain board & social enterprise experience

· Moderated FaceBook Group

Who can join?

Membership is open to anyone who:

• is aged over 16 old; and

• supports the aims of Black on Board Community

• supports the Olmec mission of race equality through economic and social justice

How do I join?

Complete the application form. The fee is £24 per year for annual subscription

For more information see below:

Donate to the Black On Board Community
Become a Black On Board Community Member

Race Equality through economic and social justice