We have a strong business case to increase the diversity of our senior leaders to build a leadership cadre that is more reflective of the population we serve than is currently the case. The London Borough of Merton has a population of 201,400 – the 23rd most diverse local authority nationally and the 18th most diverse London Borough with a BME population of 37%. Of our 2,457 staff, 542 are known BME. However, only 6% is represented in the top senior management tier. Merton Council is missing the opportunity to utilise the talent of BME staff in senior positions. Over the next five years, I would like to see a change in the picture of leadership in the Community and Housing Department and influence the wider Council Simon Williams, Director of Community and Housing – Programme Sponsor
Maureen, your coming to ISM has always been instrumental in transforming our students and faculty alike including myself. I have become much more aware of my possibilities and strengths, and capitalize on them every day. I am running the Executive MBA program and it would be great to have you in April to help our students to discover their own potential as leaders and entrepreneurs”Drissa Ouedraogo, Executive MBA Program Manager, Groupe ISM-Dakar
“This is Alima Mwemerabugabo from ISM in Dakar, Senegal. It was an honour to have you here in our school and on the behalf of all the women of our association I wanted to thank you very much for making time for us, for your support and your advices because it is really helping us managing and running our association. So THANK YOU VERY for that. …”Women Leader, International School of Management(ISM)
Reflections and Legacies of Leadership Learning in an International Context
This report explores the outcomes and impacts of the leadership learning journeys of the eighteen UK leaders from black Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds that completed placements in Barbados, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Singapore, Senegal and the United States of America. The paper gives prominence to the learning interventions and processes that helped these associates (recipients of the placements) to improve their overall performance and to take their leadership to a different level. The outcomes and impacts are evidenced by the words of the associates and their hosts. Foreword by Oliver Nyumbu, Former CEO, Caret
Nurturing ‘diversity in leadership’ in the cultural sector and more widely is as important as it ever was: diversity is a 21st Century reality. This is illustrated by the words of Lord Boateng at the CLP’s Powerbrokers Journeys & Discoveries event on 8 July 2010:
In our world ‘people of colour’ are in the majority… we are the face of 21st Century Leadership” Lord Boateng
This debate on ‘leadership and diversity’ at the Centro Cultural São Paulo was shaped as a BBC “Hard Talk”, it brought together an impressive list of senior cultural leaders and a younger generation including the two associates, Carole Morrison and Dawinder Bansal.
This symposium on leadership journeys was organised by in the National Art Gallery Committee Barbados in the context of the Caribbean Curatorship and National Identity Conference. An impressive panel of international cultural leaders including the two Associates, Delia Barker and Asif Khan.
We are proud to be working with Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College, one of the capital’s largest vocation education and training institutions. There are over 25,000 students, 2,500 are from 112 countries from around the globe. In July 2010, we began cultivating a relationship with the College which led to us working with the Ethnic Minority Staff Network to design and deliver a professional development programme for its members in 2011 in the context of Excellence Through Learner First – A strategic plan towards 2012. The outcome of which will support the implementation of the action plans through Action Learning Sets. We are also helping with the reposition and re-launch of the Network as an influential resource that reflects and celebrates the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of the College.
Building on the success of our work with the Network, Freshwaters has been commissioned to design and deliver a leadership development programme for middle-managers across the College in 2012.
Freshwaters is pleased to be participating in the UK Trade & Investment Aid Funded Business Service in collaboration with the British High Commission outward mission to the Caribbean Development Bank and other development aid funded businesses based in Barbados including the regional offices of the Inter-American Development Bank, Europe Aid and DIFID.
Our aspirations for this mission are to strengthen our existing relationships, cultivate new alliances and explore opportunities to help develop people, organisations, communities, and the economic wealth of the Caribbean. In line with our values and objectives to strengthen our international portfolio, we are passionate about sharing our expertise; learning from the Barbadian experience and transferring learning at all levels to ensure long term economic prosperity and sustainability across the region.