Ethnic Diversity Matters on Boards

Ethnic Diversity Matters on Boards


January 26


06:30 pm - 07:30 pm

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Black Professionals Scotland

Black Professionals Scotland & Changing the Chemistry would like to invite you to an event themed increasing ethnic diversity on Boards.

Black Professionals Scotland and Changing the Chemistry are joining forces to offer a free one-hour online workshop to take us into the world of Board membership.

We warmly welcome people from Black and Ethnic Minority communities to join us to learn more about being on a board, what you can get from it and what you might be expected to contribute. We also think this event will be of interest to current Board members who would like to understand the importance of ethnic diversity on Boards and how to support it.

If you are a professional who likes to learn, would you like to:

• Understand what a Board does?

• Know if you have the skills to be on a board (you may be surprised!)?

• Network with interesting, diverse people?

• Have an impact in an area about which you are passionate?

• Develop leadership skills and enhance your CV?


After introductions from Julie-Anne Jamieson and Anna Davis from Changing the Chemistry who are leading the event and co-host Enoch Adeyemi from Black Professionals Scotland the workshop will cover:

1. Understanding Boards:

• What Boards do

• Why diversity is important for Boards

• What skills/attributes you need

• What you will gain from being on a Board

• How much time it takes and re-imbursement

2. What is Changing the Chemistry (CtC) including CtC’s vision and purpose

3. “This is me”: individual stories from 4 experienced Board members:

Silka Patel: A strategic marketing expert with 20+ years’ experience of working within Technology organisations. Founder of Scotland Women in Technology group (SWiT). Also on the Boards of Technology Scotland, Glasgow Women’s Library, and on the Advisory Board of Glasgow International (GI).

Louise Power: Founder and CEO of iOrbit offering business support and solutions. Founder and CEO of The Power Hour Business and Community Social Enterprise, aiming to bridge the gap for people from black, Asian and ethnic backgrounds with diversity and social inclusion. Trustee at Changing the Chemistry and school governor.

Indranil Chakrabarti: 20 years’ experience working on international affairs over 3 continents in a variety of strategic, leadership and operational roles. Was Board Member of Harare International School, Harare Zimbabwe, American School of Brasilia, Brazil and LEA appointedSchool Governor of Mulberry School for Girls, Shadwell London. Most recently he has been on the shadow Board of the NSC (O), Cabinet Office, London

Zahra Hedges: Works for Scottish Government in Engagement and Project Management Children’s Mental, and for Samtaler, a Social Value Creation agency. Built, developed and sold her own retail/wholesale business before pursuing a career in social enterprise. Was Vice Chair of Social Enterprise Scotland.

4. Video testimonial

5. Current board vacancies

6. Time for questions / online chat and discussions

7. Next steps – how to join CtC

We look forward to welcoming you to this session. Joining instructions will be provided upon registering.

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