Black and Asian Leadership Initiative (BALI) Cohort 7

Key Dates:

  • 2nd-3rd September, Birmingham (two day residential)
  • 21st November, London (day 3)

The two day residential will be structured around the different stages of development of a career from middle to senior leadership. It is designed to provide opportunities for participants to reflect on how the journey can be different for Black and Asian leaders, helping them to take decisions about how they should respond and focus on the added value that Black/Asian leadership can bring.

The aims and objectives are to:

  • Explore some of the key features of successful leadership of Children’s Services at a senior level;
  • Build awareness of the personal and professional challenges associated with being a Black or Asian leader;
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to develop strategies for successfully dealing with these challenges and become a more confident leader;
  • Introduce concepts relating to other styles of leadership from around the world;
  • Consider how Cultural Competence can support improvement for individual leaders, organisations and communities;
  • Inspire authenticity in leadership;
  • Create the opportunity for participants to establish a support network.

A further one day BALI session will take place on 21st November in London. Participants will be expected to complete some work between the two events.

The programme is aimed at experienced middle leaders working in children’s services, who identify themselves as being from a black or minority ethnic background and have the support of the organisation that employs them. An email will be sent to your line manager or other relevant senior officer, when you enter their contact details as part of the application process, asking whether your application is supported. Places are limited and should the programme be oversubscribed, priority will be given to applicants who are able to make the most compelling case for being offered a place.

This will be judged by reference to the following criteria:

  • Your commitment to a career in children’s services
  • Your potential to become a senior leader in children’s services
  • The match between this programme and your own development needs

Applications will be open from 20th May and will close on 17th June 2019. This is also the deadline for supporting statements from line managers. Late applications may not be accepted. Once your application has been submitted and the round is closed, you will be contacted to confirm the outcome.


Applications now closed


Alumni have told us the programme is:

Exactly what I needed at this stage of my career.
Inspirational, informative, encouraging, motivational - just wonderful.
Exactly what I needed at this stage of my career.
A brilliant experience and has provided me with tools to develop as an aspiring leader. Many thanks!


Please note this programme is complementary to and does not replace the Aspirant DCS Programme.

Cost is £695 + VAT

For any other information please contact the team at or call 0161 826 9450