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Alliance of Sport partners with ASPIRE to increase boardroom diversity

The Alliance of Sport has gained three new Board members thanks to ASPIRE, a pioneering programme by BeOnBoard which aims to increase the diversity of third-sector boardrooms in Bristol.

Did you know that from the top 500 charities in the UK, only 8% of Trustees are ethnically diverse, of which only 2.9% are women of colour?

This lack of diversity saw BeOnBoard, the award-winning Equality and Diversity Leadership Consultancy, launch the ASPIRE boardroom development programme on Martin Luther King Jnr’s birthday earlier this year. The dream is to change the face of Bristol’s VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) boardrooms for good.

ASPIRE is matching its first 12 aspiring Trustees with six local VCSE organisations. They are an intersectional mix of people who hail from different sectors, ages and social backgrounds. Half of them already have experience of being a Trustee.

The Alliance of Sport is delighted to welcome three members of the cohort to its Board of Trustees as observers:

  • Emmanuel Kamuhanda – Unique Nursing, Support & Healthcare Worker
  • Olubodunrin Tokosi – Dept. Levelling Up, Governance & Strategy Lead
  • Karen Michael-Cox – I3WORKS, Principal Consultant 6

James Mapstone, Alliance of Sport’s Co-Founder and CEO, said: “We are delighted to welcome Emmanuel, Olubodunrin and Karen to our Board as observers. We thank ASPIRE for helping us increase the equality and diversity of our boardroom.

“The Alliance of Sport co-manages the Levelling the Playing Field project, which makes it even more important that we exemplify the positive change we’re trying to effect in society.”

Aspire is funded by the National Lottery with a grant that will cover a six-month pilot project to test new ways of diversifying VCSE Boardrooms which have less than one in 10 Trustees who are ethnically diverse. It runs from May to October and at the end an impact report will be produced to evidence the need for longer term investment.

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