As we mark the start of Black history month, it's clear that our sector still has some way to go in terms of improving representation at leadership level. According to ACEVO’s Pay and Equalities Report 2021, while awareness of diversity, inclusion and representation continues to rise among CEOs, it does not correspond to a sense of urgency when it comes to the need for action. Although only 25% of the leaders questioned were happy with the ethnic diversity of their boards, less than half (43%) said they planned to address this lack within the next year.
ACEVO said that while it was positive that leaders are continuing to identify the lack of diversity, equity and inclusion as a sector-wide issue, more ambitious action is needed quickly to see a marked change in representation in charities.
Of course, having the opportunity to step into senior leadership positions remains key to changing diversity at the top, so positive action initiatives that enable this are crucial. Two examples addressing this gap in Bristol are Race And The City and Stepping Up Bristol.
Bristol City Council's Race and the City 2 provides opportunities for leaders and stakeholders across the city to connect, collaborate and recruit a more diverse workforce. Its next recruitment open day is on Thursday 7 October 4pm-6pm at City Hall where candidates can meet a wide range of potential employers who will be showcasing job roles. The event provides a space for candidates to ask any questions relating to the vacancies as well as being offered support in the application and interview processes.
Stepping Up Bristol is a leadership development programme for women, disabled people and people of colour. It combines learning with mentoring from diverse role models to support a new generation of leaders.