Leadership Programme
Delegates 2022

Our Leadership Programme is a 6-month transformative programme, that brings together a cohort of high performing Black professionals from across all corporate industries. The curriculum is designed to accelerate the careers of mid-senior level black professionals.

The programme applies a blended learning approach to support different learning styles, including group coaching and training, practical exercises, webinars, networking, and in-person seminars.

The course provides stimulating content delivered by coaches, business leaders, and inspiring speakers with extensive experience coaching black professionals.

THE COHORT

CHERISE THORNICROFT

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Cherise Thornicroft

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Recruitment Manager

Montagu Evans

Expertise: Mid - Senior Level Resourcing & Selection - Early Careers Recruitment - Process Improvement/Culture Change/Talent Management using talent acquisition practices

Company: Montagu Evans

Title: Recruitment Manager

Area of Expertise: Mid - Senior Level Resourcing & Selection - Early Careers Recruitment - Process Improvement/Culture Change/Talent Management using talent acquisition practices

What leader [historic or present] would you say has influenced you the most?: Sharmadean Reid/Shaa Wasmund

Bio:  Hello - I'm Cherise, a CIPD qualified Recruitment Manager with 8 years in experience in managing recruitment processes within the Property, Travel & Hospitality sectors. I've worked on building recruitment infrastructure from the group up in start up companies which led to more efficient processes and cost reductions. I have also led early careers programs for graduates, interns and apprenticeships. I have previously managed and developed international recruitment teams. I've enjoyed working for companies that are preparing for growth/change whilst helping to structure processes, teams and culture to enable it to all happen. I am passionate about the candidate and hiring manager experience and the work I do helps to prepare business to hire exceptional talent. For me the best part of my role is building strong, lasting relationships and providing opportunities to underrepresented talent.

IRENE MOORE

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Company: JLL

Title: Associate Director


Areas of expertise: The Party Wall Act & Access Agreements (Access to Neighbouring land)

What leader [historic or present] would you say has influenced you the most? Nelson Mandela

Bio:  Irene is an Associate Director at JLL heading the Neighbourly Matters team and specialises in the Party Wall etc Act 1996 with over 13 years’ experience acting for both homeowners and developers by providing strategic advice on the Act including scaffolding/crane oversail licences. Some of Irene's clients include the Crown Estate, The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Aviva, L&G, Barclays Bank, Santander, The City of London, etc. Irene possesses a LLB Law degree with a vast experience in the construction and built industry.
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Moore

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Associate Director

JJL

Expertise: The Party Wall Act & Access Agreements (Access to Neighbouring land)

IZUKA SOLIGBO

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Surveyor

Francis Blackstone Surveyors

Expertise: Residential Property Surveys/valuation, Facilities Support Services Management, Managing Community Services

Izuka
Soligbo

Company: Francis Blackstone Surveyors

Title: Surveyor

Areas of expertise: Residential Property Surveys/valuation, Facilities Support Services Management, Managing Community Services

What leader [historic or present] would you say has influenced you the most? President Paul Kagame of Rwanda
 
Bio:  BSc (Hons) in Social Sciences 2.1, MSc in Project Management Distinction, AssocRICS Chartered Residential Surveyor and Valuer. My Alumni are The Open University and Anglia Ruskin University ARU.

I am interested in the social construction of communities and the dynamic belongings and associations formed. For this reason, I take keen interest in what happens in social communities and continually seeking the right opportunity to influence and shape them. I set up and ran a young people’s drug awareness training project, ‘Drop d Drug’, in London Borough of Barking and Dagenham from 2008 to 2010. I produced a drug awareness video in collaboration with local groups and young people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85GUWciCwjE

I have developed significant interest in web and mobile based application developments in social media and work-based services. I have had several unsuccessful attempts over the last ten years; however, I am currently developing a promising large scale mobile social media eco system with my partner. Also, I designed and developed a residential survey inspection and report generation Mobile App in 2016 and have successfully used the App to completed more than 1500 inspections - Surveyor Survey Scriber https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.surveyscriber.android

JERRAN WHYTE

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Company: Belvedere Wealth Management

Title: Principal Partner

Area of expertise: Financial Advice, Wealth Management, Investment Management

What leader [historic or present] would you say has influenced you the most? My parents are my heroes.

Bio:  Belvedere Wealth Management (BWM), setup in 2017, is led by Jerran Whyte. With over 12 years of wealth management advisory experience both UK and Internationally, BWM boasts to have clients in the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia as well as a physical presence in the UK and Namibia. We are proud to be directly authorised by the FCA to manage clients here and internationally. Direct authorisation means we report directly into the FCA, which means we are heavily regulated and are expected to have robust processes and protections in place. Jerran is also a board member of the Windrush Housing Association.
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Jerran

 Whyte

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Principal Partner

Belvedere Wealth Management

Expertise: Financial Advice, Wealth Management, Investment Management

KELLY MATTHEWS

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Head of Department

Savills

Expertise: Pitching & winning business, growing market share, negotiation all related to residential lettings

Kelly 
Matthews

Company: Savills

Title: Head of Department

Areas of expertise: Pitching & winning business, growing market share, negotiation all related to residential lettings

Bio:  I have been in the residential lettings industry since 2005 having started as a junior negotiator in the suburbs of London, I then moved to the prime central London market in Mayfair & Marylebone before moving to Oxford and joining Savills 9 years ago. I joined Savills as an Associate (negotiator) and have been promoted twice, firstly to Associate Director and then to Head of Department within the same year, I took a 9 month maternity break in 2016/17. Currently I am on the internal Savills promotion program to be become Director in 2023 and that is why I wanted to join your leadership programme, to give me to skills I will need to take the next step in my career and become and a strong and confident role model for my fellow ethic minority colleagues. It is extremely important to me to see more diversity and inclusion across all levels of the business, but in particular at Associate Director level and above. Being part of this program would enable me to become an inspiring and impactful mentor and member of the Savills community

LAWAL ZUBAIRU

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Company: Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Title: Senior Surveyor

Areas of expertise: Property & Asset Management

What leader [historic or present] would you say has influenced you the most? Nelson Mandela

Bio:  Having grown up in South Yorkshire, I made the move down to London after my time at University in Newcastle upon Tyne. I gained professional qualification as a Chartered Surveyor in 2009, and have since worked at a number of global firms in both the public and private sectors. I joined my current employer Grosvenor Britain & Ireland in 2016 and work as Senior Surveyor managing a team of five Property Managers who look after a portfolio of commercial property assets in Mayfair. When away from work, I enjoy socialising, music, travelling, and playing football and basketball.
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zubairu

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Senior Surveyor

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Expertise: Property & Asset Management

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Associate Director

Savills

Expertise: Asset management, Industrial & Logistics property management, pre-acquisition Due Diligence.

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MICHAEL SLAVEN

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Company: Savills

Title: Associate Director

Areas of expertise: Asset management, Industrial & Logistics property management, pre-acquisition Due Diligence.

What leader [historic or present] would you say has influenced you the most?  Martin Luther King

Bio: I have worked in property for most of my working life and have been privileged to work in the voluntary, public and private sectors in a variety of property related roles. I have been a member of the RICS for over 20 years and active in charity and voluntary organisations in the North West. I have positions at board level in a number of charities.

MORENIKE ONAJOBI

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Company: Montagu Evans

Title: HR Advisor

Areas of expertise: HR, Employment Law, Business Strategy

What leader [historic or present] would you say has influenced you the most?  Maya Angelou

Bio:  I have over 7 years of HR experience, specialising in employment law, organisational design and business strategy.

I have a proven ability to diffuse highly charged employment disputes and minimise legal risk as well as reputational damage, whilst also maintaining a safe environment for all parties involved. I have been with Montagu-Evans for over a year, and have since co-launched 'Open Circle' an internal network that focuses on educating, celebrating and promoting racial diversity.

I am passionate about the wellbeing of vulnerable, marginalised and under-represented groups. For more than 10 years, I have played an active role in ‘Initiatives of Change’ (Switzerland), where I have been directly involved in providing mediation and representation for those in war-torn countries and in the midst of national/international crises; namely, the #EndSars movement in Nigeria and the civil-political unrest in Syria.

Further to this, my passion for the transformative nature of the arts has led me to extensive consultancy work with Intermission Youth (Theatre), which has impacted the lives of hundreds of inner-London youth, who are at risk, or have history of offending. Additionally, I created a handbook for the ‘Principles in Finance’ and Barclays Bank collaboration, to support people leaving the incarceration system with managing their finances, such to reduce their chances of reoffending. This work was recognised by Her Majesty The Queen, resulting in a reception in Buckingham Palace.

I look forward to using the tools learned during this leadership programme to help me be a more well rounded person and professional.
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Morenike 

Onajobi

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HR Advisor

Montagu Evans

Expertise: HR, Employment Law, Business Strategy

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Finance Manager

Grosvenor Estate Management Ltd

Expertise: Insight, analysis, systems

Nicole
Mensah

NICOLE MENSAH

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Company: Grosvenor Estate Management Ltd

Title: Finance Manager

Areas of expertise: Insight, analysis, systems

What leader [historic or present] would you say has influenced you the most? I can't think of a famous leader that has influenced me more than my parents.

Bio:  I have worked in Finance for BBC Worldwide, Credit Suisse Investment Bank, Kaupthing Investment bank and now Grosvenor Estate Management Ltd.

OLA ALADE

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Company: The Arch Company

Title: Asset Manager

Areas of expertise: Landlord and Tenant, Sales & negotiation, Property Strategy

What leader [historic or present] would you say has influenced you the most? Barack Obama

Bio: Ola is an Asset Manager at The Arch Company with experience in Industrial, Office and retail property. He also has previous experience in healthcare property, working with Primary Health Properties and NHS Property Services. Ola has been shortlisted for Young Surveyor of the Year awards twice and has experience at speaking at industry events such as MIPIM UK 2019. Ola is interested in more speaking engagement and developing his article writing about the property industry.
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Asset Manager

The Arch Company

Expertise: Landlord and Tenant, Sales & negotiation, Property Strategy

Ola

Alade

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Economist

Civil Service

Expertise: Economic Appraisal, Data Analysis

Ola
Idowu

OLA IDOWU

​Company: Civil Service

Title: Economist

Areas of expertise: Economic Appraisal, Data Analysis

What leader [historic or present] would you say has influenced you the most? Malcolm X

Bio:  I am a government economist with 5 years experience providing economic appraisal of a number Business and Energy related policy areas. I also have experience hosting panel discussions, delivering workshops and managing teams. Previously a part of the 2015-16 Operation Black Vote Civic Leadership cohort. Currently undertaking a MSC in Economics.

SELINA BAPTISTE

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Company: Opal Build Ltd

Title: Commercial Manager/Quantity Surveyor

Areas of expertise: Commercial Management/Quantity Surveying professional in the Construction industry. Including Commercial, Residential, Education and Healthcare

What leader [historic or present] would you say has influenced you the most? Previous Management

Bio:  I currently have 8 years experience within the built environment as a Quantity Surveyor/Cost Consultant. I have worked on a variety of projects throughout the UK and EMEA. Working on all aspects from Pre-Construction to Completion of Projects advising clients on costs through feasibility studies to practical completion; to the Commercial Management of Subcontractors from Procurement through to sign off of final accounting and contract documentation. I have applied for a governor roles through the STEM network, but was unsuccessful. I was previously a Committee Chair for Schools and Universities for MATRICS (Members and Trainees of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), in which I held talks and attend career events to educate those that are not aware of the different roles within the industry or not aware of the industry at all. As a recently MRICS Surveyor I would like to look at next steps to progressing further within my role, either through a company or setting up and developing on my own.
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Commercial Manager/Quantity Surveyor

Opal Build Ltd

Expertise: Commercial Management/Quantity Surveying professional in the Construction industry. Including Commercial, Residential, Education and Healthcare

Selina

Baptiste

SEYI SOBODU

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Company: Montagu Evans

Title: Special Project Lead

Areas of expertise: Finance, Strategy, Business Planning

Bio:  Finance Consultant / Head of Finance with over 18 years’ Progressive Operations, Finance, and Resource Management experience. An agile individual; helping to drive efficiency within Finance through standardisation, automation and simplification of systems and processes. Demonstrated ability to streamline operations and establish cross functional partnerships in challenging environments to deliver remarkable results. Experience of SAP & Yardi Voyager implementation.
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Special Project Lead

Montagu Evans

Expertise: Finance, Strategy, Business Planning

Seyi

Sobodu

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Human Resources and Operations Officer

Cambridge Econometrics

Expertise: Recruitment, Staffing and Retention, Employee Relations Management and Performance/training need management

Vivian Ifeoma
Adeyemi

Company: Cambridge Econometrics

Title: Human Resources and Operations Officer

Areas of expertise: Recruitment, Staffing and Retention, Employee Relations Management and Performance/training need management

What leader [historic or present] would you say has influenced you the most?  My parents have influenced me the most. I also draw motivation from my personal tutor and lecturer, previous and current line managers and female leaders in politics especially Mrs Obama.

Bio:  I am a HR professional with Associate CIPD level 7 and have about 13 years experience including training to date. I currently work for an Economic Consultancy as HR and Operations officer based in Cambridge, UK. I am responsible for the Human Resource Management and Operations of about 40+ economist across our offices in Budapest, Brussels, Cambridge and Massachusetts. My biggest achievement is rising from an administrative role to a managerial role with over 45% salary increase in a short space of time. My professional and academic achievements includes gold award achieved for championing Green Impact at work, award for outstanding academic performance and fully funded Masters degree

VIVIAN IFEOMA ADEYEMI

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YOHANCE HARPER

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Company: Quadrant Estates

Title: Associate Partner

Areas of expertise: Development, strategic asset and investment management, Finance

What leader [historic or present] would you say has influenced you the most? Ray Dalio

Bio:  Yohance is an Associate Partner at Quadrant Estates where he focuses on the asset and development management of c.500,000 sq. ft of new build offices in London.

Prior to this, Yohance studied and worked in architecture on commercial projects in the UK and luxury residential abroad before joining CBRE in 2014. Yohance spent a year in investment valuations before joining CBRE’s Capital Advisors. There he was a non-discretionary advisor working debt and equity investment strategies focusing on development. This included fund structuring, investment management, strategic development management, asset repositioning and development finance.

Outside of his professional role Yohance is an honorary lecturer at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning, visiting lecturer at The University of Westminster, and a visiting research fellow in the economics department of Goldsmiths University. He also holds academic and committee roles at The ULI, RICS and UCEM. He has received various awards from the RICS and BPF and most recently the British Council for Offices Rising Star. In 2021 he began the conversion of a warehouse for his home which will be featured on Channel 4
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Associate Partner

Quadrant Estates

Expertise: Development, strategic asset and investment management, Finance

Yohance

Harper

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