CX BAME Leadership Network Events

Connex’s immersive programme for innovative BAME executives in the affordable housing sector

2021 Programme

Campaigners state that the term BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic), is redundant, inaccurate and neglects the diversity, humanity and lived experience of those from ethnic minority backgrounds.   The UK arts sector  have long ago dropped the use – is it time for the  housing sector to follow suit?


Amanda Parker, Director of Inc Arts UK

Christopher Keena, CEO, Brand Advance

Mushtaq Khan, CEO, Housing Diversity Network


What do our non Black, Asian and  Minority colleagues really think about the challenges facing BAME and why? How does corporate culture influence the dynamic for non BAME colleagues who want to help? What are the challenges preventing progressive action being taken?


Kate Dodsworth, CEO, Gateway HA

Simon Fanshawe OBE, Partner, Diversity by Design

Helen Webb, Chief People Officer, Co-op Group

In recent times boardroom diversity is a topic that has gained significant traction and considerable action has been taken to achieve better representation of females in the boardroom. BAME representation has until recently largely been left out of the conversation.


Louisa Joseph, Founder, BAME to Boardroom

Sarah Pierman, CEO, Dynamic Boards

Vipul Thakker, Group Director of Corporate Services, Notting Hill Genesis


Three leaders will talk us through their journeys of how they evolved into truly authentic leaders over their careers, and how their approach to leadership has developed and been influenced by the exigencies of the circumstances their journey has taken them on.


Yewande Akinola MBE, Ambassador for Clean Growth  and Infrastructure, Innovate UK

Inderjit Dehal, Director of Quality and Professional Development, Nord Anglia Education

Nathan Laryea, Commercial Director, Gartner


Twelve months on, have BLM corporate pledges stood the test of time? How have companies ensured that they stay committed to addressing racial inequalities in their workforce?  In this joint event with the CX Housing, we will discuss how leaders have challenged systemic racism over the last year.


Cordelia Johnney, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Lead, Stonewater

Bendita Cynthia Malakia, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Hogan Lovells

Jo Portlock, Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions 



Imposter syndrome spans sectors and roles and those who suffer from this  experience a chronic sense of self-doubt that persists despite evident success. While imposter syndrome is a phenomenon experienced by women and men it has been argued that women of colour suffer more from this.


Dr Raj Persaud FRCPsych, consultant psychiatrist, broadcaster and author

Nadine Pemberton, Interim Director of Legal, Gambling Commission

Jahanara Rajkoomar, Director of Community Investment, Metropolitan Thames Valley

Yetunde Dania, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins