Black on Board

BoBcoverBlack on Board 2018 – 20

Olmec is offering the Black on Board training programme in partnership with Metropolitan, the Aziz Foundation and UNIFY, the BAME (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic) cross housing group.

The Black on Board programme aims to improve the racial diversity on Governing Boards of all kinds of organisation, from civil society and public sector organisations to private sector companies, by delivering professional training that prepares people to become effective Board members.


Black on Board is a community board training programme for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) housing association staff and residents. It is designed to train and mentor candidates to take up board positions. The programme runs over 14 sessions and includes support to identify and apply for board positions. Our focus within the BME community is people of colour including Black, Asian, Latin American and Arabic communities to address under representation of our communities at board level.

Between 2018 and 2020 we will offer 40 places on the programme, and support 30 people into board positions.

What will it cover?

  • Role of the Board
  • Board recruitment and induction
  • Decision making
  • Meeting conduct
  • Governing documents
  • Managing risk
  • Managing performance
  • Strategic and operational planning
  • Applying for places
  • Legal obligations
  • Employing people
  • Managing finance

Who is it for?

Housing association staff from entry level through to senior management level and social housing residents.
We will help your professional development and provide you with
skills, networks and reflective time to grow and progress.

Who will deliver the programme?

The programme is delivered by Olmec, an award winning race
equality organisation in partnership with Metropolitan, the Aziz Foundation and UNIFY the BAME (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic)
cross housing group.

How do I apply?

Metropolitan staff: please complete the application form via the Metropolitan portal and intranet:
or internally: http://intranet
Residents: please download both forms below. Instructions are given for how to submit them.

You will be contacted by a Black on Board team member for an interview.

For more information contact:
t: 07872 507 489

Key dates

Applications and Nominations: By 29 July 2018


  • 6 August 2018
  • 6 September 2018

Programme course dates

  • 20 September 2018
  • 4 & 18 October 2018
  • 1 &15 November 2018
  • 6 & 20 December 2018
  • 10 & 24 January 2019
  • 7 & 21 February 2019
  • 7 March 2019

Race Equality through economic and social justice