Fostering and Developing the Next Generation of BAME Leaders in Housing


Pam Dusu

Senior Project Development Lawyer, Globeleq

Pam received her legal training at American firm Shearman & Sterling before moving on to the largest law firm in the world, DLA Piper LLP. She is now a Senior Lawyer at energy developer Globeleq, having spent time working in East Africa advising the Government of Rwanda on its Energy and Infrastructure projects. 

Pam is co-founder of Creating Pathways – a mentoring programme for ethnic minority junior lawyers in commercial and corporate practice. 

Olu Olanrewaju

Chair, Leadership 2025

A member of the Royal Institution of chartered surveyors with MBA from Kingston University and alumni of the Directors Programme at Cranfield Business School.

He is currently Director of Altair International. Altair International provides advice and support on a wide range of issues related to the development, funding, governance, and management of affordable housing across the globe. Recent assignments include preparation of feasibility studies for Africa’s first Green city in Kigali Rwanda, setting up a new housing fund in Nigeria, negotiating World bank loans for affordable housing in Nigeria, Rural housing modelling in Krygstan and setting up of a new urban park company in Beira Mozambique. Clients range from National governments, Development finance institutions, Private equity firms such as the World Bank, the International finance corporation IFC, German Development Bank KFW, Federal government of Nigeria, Infraco Africa.

Olu has had significant experience of leading major housing companies in the UK. He was Chief Executive of United HA, Managing Director Midland Area, Divisional Director Midland Heart, Managing Director PCHA, Executive Director East Thames, and Executive Director London& Quadrant. These businesses owned and managed homes with market value from £100m to £20bn. He was until recently Chairman of Inquilab, he is co – founder and Chair of Leadership 2025 a charity set up to improve BME representation in the affordable housing sector. He is Chairman Altwood Housing Group, a family owned private property development and management company based in London. He is also co-founder of The African housing company a residential housing development company recently set up to deliver green and affordable housing in Africa.

Kate Philpot

Senior Director of Global Sales Enablement, Getty Images

Kate Philpot is Senior Director of Global Sales and Service Enablement at Getty Images. She is responsible for a global team leading company-wide commercial training programmes, which support employees both in improving key soft skills and developing product, systems and process knowledge. 

Kate joined Getty Images in 2015 as Sales Training Manager for EMEA, after 15 years of sales, sales leadership and HR experience at Shell UK, Mars and Glaxo Smith Kline. She also spent several years working in France as a self-employed consultant delivering commercial negotiation, sales skills, leadership and management training across Europe.

Tracey Downie

Executive Director of Housing Management, Homes for Haringey

Tracey has worked in the social affordable housing sector for over 25 years, delivering housing management, community and customer services, primarily in London-based Housing Associations. Tracey began her career as a Housing Management Trainee in Birmingham, working in some of the most deprived areas of the city and, as a Housing Officer (Race), tackling racial harassment across South Birmingham. Whilst taking a 5-year career break to focus on her young family, Tracey wrote a research paper which was published as part of a Department of Health study, was appointed to sit on Leasehold Valuation Tribunals and started her Non-Executive career as a Trustee with St Christopher’s Fellowship. Over the last 15 years, Tracey has held Senior, Executive and Non-Executive roles which more recently included Chair of Penge Churches HA, Director of Housing and Communities for One Housing and is currently the Executive Director of Housing Management at Homes for Haringey.

Tracey is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Quality Management, the Chartered Institute of Housing as well as the Institute of Leadership and Management, and routinely mentors young (generally BAME) housing professionals to reach further and excel. 

Date: 24th September 2021

Time: 13:00 – 15:30

Venue: Central London

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