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There is not enough representation of talent with Black Heritage backgrounds in the boardrooms of our biggest businesses. The BoardStars™ programme is hoping to change that.

BoardStars™ is an evidence-based programme to elevate and illuminate brilliant Black Heritage talent from successful executive careers to the FTSE 250 board rooms, helping them transition into FTSE 250 Non-Executive positions within 2-years of their initial involvement.

The two-year programme has been developed by Prof. John Amaechi OBE, Founder and Leadership Transformation Expert at APS Intelligence, and is supported by Lloyds Banking Group as the founding sponsor and Green Park as the principal Executive search partner. The BoardStars™ programme builds on APS Intelligence’s proprietary STARs™ programme which has a proven track record of helping FTSE clients decrease disparities in the promotion of Black and Ethnic Minority colleagues.

The first BoardStars™ cohort brings together eight experienced FTSE board Chairs, including Sir Robin Budenberg CBE, Chair of Lloyds Banking Group and eight talented and driven C-suite Executives. The programme involves a bespoke leadership inventory, a series of engagement sessions between Chairs and Executives, and coaching sessions with Prof. John Amaechi OBE.

To learn more about the BoardStars™ programme please explore the FAQs below. To apply to join the second cohort of BoardStars™, if you are a FTSE Chair or an aspiring Executive, please email for further details.

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Why did you decide to support BoardStars™?

“I’m delighted to be working on this exciting initiative to encourage diversity, inclusion and belonging at Board level throughout industry.”

Dame Anita Frew
Chair of Rolls-Royce

“At Lloyds Banking Group, we have long recognised the benefits that diversity at decision-making levels can bring as we continue to support our customers and the communities we serve. We are proud to back this important initiative to support Black Heritage talent and drive more diversity across boardrooms in the UK.”

Sir Robin Budenberg CBE
Chair of Lloyds Banking Group

“I am delighted to put my shoulder behind this significant plan to reduce the barriers for talented Black individuals to become successful directors of British businesses. I believe that it will help Black executives to reach their potential and it will enhance the competitiveness of businesses where they join the board.”

David Tyler
Chair of the Parker Review on Ethnicity in Business

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