CX GEM Leadership Network Events

Check out some of the roundtables we had in 2021.

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  affordable 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

24th September 2021, 13:00 - 15:30

Fostering and Developing the Next Generation of BAME Leaders in Housing

For the aspirating BAME professional, the path to the C-Suite can seem more of a tightrope than a ladder with few making it to the top. As visible senior executives what role can we play to foster the next cohort of BAME leaders and talent pipeline?


Pam Dusu, Senior Project Development Lawyer, Globeleq

Olu Olanrewaju, Chair, Leadership 2025

Kate Philpot, Senior Director of Global Sales Enablement, Getty Images


20th October 2021, 13:00 - 15:30

How to be a Good Leadership Ally - Part Two

The much anticipated follow up on our roundtable earlier in the year where we discussed some of the internal challenges that organisations are facing while working towards workplace inclusion. What do our non BAME 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 challenges are preventing progressive action being taken?


Kate Dodsworth, Director of Consumer Regulation, Regulator of Social Housing (speaking in personal capacity)

Simon Fanshawe OBE, Partner, Diversity by Design

Helen Webb, Chief People and Services Officer, Co-op



Although not mandatory, many organisations have started publishing figures on ethnicity pay, recruitment and retention. Capturing data is not the same as reporting an ethnicity pay gap, but it demonstrate the importance of data collection in starting the conversation about how to tackle workplace inequality. But are we focusing on the right thing? Should we focus on proper representation rather than pure pay gap percentages?


Florence Eshalomi, MP for Vauxhall

Fiona Fletcher-Smith, Group Chief Executive, L&Q

Anthony Horrigan, Chief Executive, Spktral