Rajinder Mann OBE, has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the Network for Black Professionals (NBP), the leading social justice organisation.
Rajinder – a high profile figure in the social justice field – is currently the Executive Director of the NBP’s Black Leadership Initiative (BLI), a programme that focuses on practical measures that improve the career opportunities for BAME staff and managers in the Schools, FE and HE sectors and beyond.
The BLI was conferred the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award in 2012 in recognition of its flagship Mentoring Programme and was previously awarded the British Diversity Award Gold Standard for Education in 2005.
Rajinder has over 30 years experience in FE, adult, youth and community education and policy development. She was Director of Community Education at Bilston Community College then Principal Officer for Lifelong Learning at the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. She also has local government experience in policy development at Birmingham City Council and Wolverhampton City Council, and has also worked as a Race Equality Officer at NIACE (National Institute of Adult Continuing Education) developing strategies and policies aimed at community cohesion.
Significantly, Rajinder was a founding member of the NBP, Vice Chair of the ground-breaking Commission for Black Staff in FE, and has been instrumental in the success of the NBP and BLI.
With a Bachelor of Education Degree and a Master of Social Science Degree from Birmingham University, Rajinder was appointed an OBE in 2011 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her services to BAMEs in the community.
“I am delighted with the opportunity to continue the legacy and build the work of the NBP into its next phase,” Rajinder said. “It is a privilege to serve our members nationally ensuring that our voices are heard, especially at a time when race equality is at risk of falling off the agenda.”
Rajinder will be replacing current Chief Executive Robin Landman OBE, who is leaving after 15 years as the head of the organisation, and as CEO since 2005.
Robin said: “This appointment represents change and continuity for the NBP. Rajinder is well known to our members and stakeholders and has been instrumental in the success of the NBP and, of course, the BLI and this will be important for the future prospects of the NBP at a challenging time for all Third sector organisations. I am confident the NBP will be safe in her hands”.
Commenting on the appointment, NBP Chairman Nirmal Borkhataria said: “The NBP Board is so pleased with Rajinder’s appointment. She will no doubt build on the legacy of all the hard work the NBP represents in championing racial equality issues as well as helping so many BAME members in many sectors succeed and progress in their careers”.