CX GEM Leadership Network Events

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

2022 Programme

8th February 2022, 13:00 - 15:30

Essential Workers, Mental Health and COVID-19

Racial and ethnic disparities have once again been front and centre in the aftermath of this pandemic. How do we work together to fight against this inequality and create a fairer society for all? Join us as we tackle this difficult topic through a candid roundtable discussion.


Tanya Carter, FCIPD, Chief People Officer, East London NHS Foundation Trust

Dr. Shaun Davis, Global Director of Compliance & Sustainability, Royal Mail

Marjorie James, FCIPD, Group Director of People, YMCA St Paul’s Group 

Abi Jacobs, Director of Strategic Partnerships, L&Q

24th March 2022, 13:00 - 15:30

Showing Up As Your Whole Self: Why Authenticity Is The Key To Career Success

The stereotype of the ‘angry black woman’ needs to stop if we are to make any real progress towards equality. In this roundtable we’ll discuss why this is such an important issue to tackle and how we can go about creating new stories that empower our black female leaders.


Stacey Kruckel, Chief Marketing Officer, Capco

Becky Utuka, Director of Development and Sales, Gateway Housing Association

Ninesh Muthiah, Chief Executive, Home Connections

26th April 2022, 13:00 - 15:30

The Lone Voice in the Executive Team

Being the ‘first’ or ‘only’ leader of colour on a board is daunting and comes with a very unique set of challenges. In this roundtable discussion, we’ll hear first-hand stories from leaders of colour and how they navigated those lonely positions, and what it means for those who are to follow.


Mary Mosope Adeyemi, Executive Director – Credit Risk Management, Goldman Sachs

Nusheen Hussain, Executive Director of Business Development, Home Group

Lara Oyedele, Board Member, Housing 21

Yinka Bolaji, Executive Director, Property and Development, Wandle Housing Association 

14th June 2022, 13:00 - 15:30

EDI – The Talent Show Where Everyone Can Win

Having a systematic and business-led approach for achieving your diversity goals is the only way to make real progress towards equality. In this roundtable discussion we’ll talk about how to create a robust, action-focused EDI strategy that links with your corporate strategy and drives towards holistic business results.


David Blower, Executive Director – Corporate Services, Stonewater

Ruth Cooke, CEO, GreenSquareAccord

Geeta Nanda, Chief Executive,Metropolitan Thames Valley (TBC)

Marjorie James, FCIPD, Group Director of People, YMCA St Paul’s Group

6th October 2022, 13:00 - 15:30

Where are the GEM CEOs in Housing?

A shocking 61% of housing associations have no leaders from ethnic minorities and that needs to change. Join us as we discuss the current state of the problem and work to find some solutions to support and nurture the next generation of GEM CEOs.


Victor da Cunha, Chief Executive Officer, Curo Group

Chan Kataria OBE, Group Chief Executive, emh group

Caroline Pillay, Senior Partner, Airey Miller

1st December 2022, 13:00 - 15:30

Diversity Fatigue: Winning the Hearts and Souls of Those Not Affected by Discrimination (Being a Leadership Ally - Part 3)

In this roundtable discussion, we’re going to talk about reinvigorating the BLM conversation amongst white allies who have grown fatigued of the constant focus. How do we keep them engaged and aligned with the cause? Join us and let’s plot a way to do so.


Fraser Longden, Chief Operations Officer, Wickes

Jamie Ratcliff, Executive Director of People & Partnerships, Network Homes

Carole Richardson, Executive Director of People and Culture, NorthStar Housing