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Published on September 20th, 2013 | by HOHBrian


Get on Board

Future Leaders invited to Get on Board

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 and The Governance Forum, Get on Board specifically targets young undiscovered talent that is currently underrepresented 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, BLF 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 Practitioners (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 who work in grass roots organisations have been exposed to the leadership that they serve. So many 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 un-noticed 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.”

Get on Board 2013/14 begins on the 8th October. To find out more simply email or visit  Applications must be completed and returned by Monday 30th September.


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