Black on Board

Black on Board (BoB) is a training programme and a community aiming to improve the racial diversity on Governing Boards of organisations in all sectors across the UK.

Our focus within the BME community is people of colour including Black, Asian, Latin American, Arabic and migrant and refugee communities to address under representation of our communities at board level.

Our training programme prepares people to become effective Board members. To date, 75% of Black on Board attendees have been successful in achieving board positions.

The Black on Board 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.

What do our attendees say?

Stanton La Foucade

“My greatest fear was inadequacy. A feeling of failure that disables one from not only seeing, but also believing ones’ purpose is achievable .. this programme has given me an understanding of organisational structures equipping me to positively contribute to strategic governance. More importantly though, it has help me to recognise my own self-imposed barriers to fulfilling my ambitions, and to use the power I always had to be all I can be”
***** review

Chana King

“The format of the programme is unlike any other I have encountered … Homework is not optional. Yes, it is hard to fit everything in, however to succeed, you must … I now have a great network to call on for expertise and guidance, I have made some friends and been open with people in a way I never thought possible. The experts you have access to in the sessions is incredible. Influencers and change makers. You cannot get close quarters to people like that anywhere else in quite the same way”
***** review

Dani Kow

“I found the delivery of the course to be singularly the most enriching experience I’ve had on a training course. In my life. It wouldn’t be hyperbole to say that it’s changed me as a person. I don’t allow my fear to hold me back in my life anymore, and I’m excited about what lies ahead for me now”
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Why do we need Black on Board?

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 group – 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

Race Equality through economic and social justice