Get on Board, an accredited programme, which prepares Birmingham’s promising young leaders for the responsibilities of the boardroom, is currently seeking applicants for its 2013 / 14 programme.
Run in partnership between Birmingham Leadership Foundation (BLF) the Governance Forum, Get on Board specifically targets young undiscovered talent that is currently under represented in boardrooms and leadership positions. Participants are taught the essentials of corporate governance through mentoring, board observations and visits to high profile city events.
Former course graduates include, Justice Williams MBE, Cosmopolitan magazine’s 2009 Woman of the Year; Anthony McCourt Birmingham Leadership Foundation Chair and former Director of The Cube; and ex Handsworth gang member turned author, Errol Lawson. Since 2011, over 60 successful graduates have been awarded with membership of the Association of Corporate Governance Practioners (ACGP) and are now sitting in the boardrooms of local organisations such as The Drum, Nehemiah Housing and national environmental charity Groundwork.
Karl George, Programme Tutor and Founder of the Governance Forum says:
“It is recognised that too few people who are from inner city communities or work in grass routes organisations could benefit from the undiscovered talent which exists within the city’s young population. Get on Board, along with the support of BLF, aims to address this gap by supporting young adults who may be lacking in governance expertise but have the passion and potential to succeed in the boardroom.”
Mashkura Begum, Executive Director of Birmingham Leadership Foundation says:
“As a charity Birmingham Leadership Foundation is passionate in ensuring that opportunities, such as Get on Board, are made available to under the radar talent which often goes unnoticed by the City’s mainstream leadership. Get on Board is free of cost to participants and plays a vital role in addressing a lack of diversity commonly found in the boardroom.”