Black On Board

Why Black on Board?

Addressing Underrepresentation on UK Boards

DeMontford University produced a research paper that indicated that less than 1% of boardrooms across the UK had any Black or Minority Ethnicity (BME) representation.

This is concerning. If nobody that shares your experiences sits on the board of the NHS, the police force, schools, or businesses, who will represent your needs and concerns?

Black on Board Is a Direct Response to This
Lack of Representation

We train and mentor candidates to take on board positions, by providing a 14-session programme that supports people with a BME background to identify and apply for board positions.

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.

We focus on people of colour, including Black, Asian, Latin American and Arabic communities and support them in this process of self-empowerment and representation.

Our Black on Board delegates have had a life changing experience and further developed their confidence and knowledge. They have given themselves permission to be powerful and pursue the opportunities ahead of them.
Black on Board, MTVH Cohort 3 2021
Black on Board, Enfield, Islington, Southwark, Richmond and Wandsworth, Cohort 1, 2021
Black on Board, Peabody Cohort 2 2021

What Do Our Attendees Say?

“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”

Stanton La Foucade


“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”

Chana King


“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”

Dani Kow

What Does the Black on Board Programme Entail
The Black on Board Programme Takes You Through Everything You Need to Become a Board Member and Develop Your Leadership Skills
  • Role of the Board, and board recruitment and induction.

  • Decision making and meeting conduct.

  • Governing documents and legal obligations.

  • Managing risk and managing performance.

  • Strategic and operational planning.

  • Employing people and managing finance.

  • Applying for places.

Boost Your Leadership Skills

Black on Board Learning Options

The 2017 McGregor-Smith review suggested the UK 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”

Less than 1% of boardrooms across the UK have any Black or Minority Ethnicity (BME) representation*.
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
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