Green Park, the executive diversity recruitment specialists, has released its third annual Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business Index to celebrate the professional achievements of Britain’s ethnic minority leadership community and their commitment to delivering positive change.

This year’s Index includes leaders from across the UK private, public and third sectors, highlighting the importance that ethnic minority role models have in helping to inspire the next generation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) leaders.

It is designed to highlight the talent, experience and expertise of ethnic minority leaders who are still currently chronically under-represented at board level in both private, public and third sector organisations.

Green Park applies a strict selection criterion to identify 800 ethnic minority individuals that comprise the talent pool from which the Top 100 will be selected, with the majority occupying director, executive and non-executive positions.  To establish the final shortlist for the Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business Index, Green Park applies a propriety scoring methodology judged by an independent panel of experts, which identifies candidates’ professional achievements and commitment to delivering positive change.

The expert judging panel includes Ken Olisa OBE, Chief Executive Officer of Restoration Partners; Karen Blackett OBE, Chairwoman of Mediacom Plc; Natasha Adams, Chief People Officer at Tesco; David Tyler, Chairman at J. Sainsbury Plc; and Amee Chande, Non-Executive Director of BBA Aviation Plc.

Raj Tulsiani, CEO of Green Park, said:  “If we are to truly change attitudes to diversity and inclusion in senior leadership across the public, private and third sectors we need to highlight that there are already talented candidates doing incredible work. The problem is that there are not enough of these leaders. We need action to ensure BAME talent in the leadership pipeline can break through the glass ceilings that remain in many organisations. Organisations also need governance structures that will appeal to the widest possible talent pool and to ensure an inclusive environment to prevent a talent drain.”

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About Green Park

Since its inception in 2006, Green Park has become one of Europe’s most trusted suppliers of executive search, senior interim management and diversity and leadership development consultancy across the Private, Public and Third sectors. An award winning supplier, Green Park has consistently featured at the top of the recruitment industry league tables, most recently named in Recruiter as No. 1 in the Hot 10 Public Sector Providers, No. 1 in the Productivity Hot 20 & No. 2 in the Recruiter Hot 100.

At Green Park we are passionate advocates of the power of diversity as a source of competitive advantage, setting a benchmark for innovation and commitment to consistently attract diverse groups of appointable candidates.  In 2012 we were appointed founding members of the National Equality Standard, representing the only recruitment firm on the founding board. We also host the Diversity Recruitment Institute for Value and Excellence (DRIVE) dedicated to sharing global best practices in D&I made relevant through research and toolkits useful in a UK context.