Pathway to Success programme features in Oxford Publication


Operation Black Vote's Pathway to Success programme has been featured in an Oxford Publication. The appearance comes in the 18th Issue of the Floreat Magdalena. The programme which aims to nurture the country's future Black and Minority ethnic leaders and takes place next spring, is the second edition of the scheme after 2019's launch.

The scheme allows participants to engage with leading figures in political and civic governance in the UK as well as a number of academics and experienced practitioners in the political and financial world.

This now includes Baroness Lane Fox and Sarah Healey for the upcoming session.

The feature itself offers a number of testimonials from the initial cohort. 2019 participant Laks Mann, the LGTQ+ Lead for the Mayor of London's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group described the experience of staying at the Magdalen College as a wonderful, in what he viewed as an "incredibly inspiring, informative and insightful week". He also spoke of the value of being in the company of "delegates from such a diverse background". He was not the only participant to offer his thoughts. Reggie Nelson, who today is a Graduate Analyst at Legal and General Investment Management as well as Group Chair of the ACCA Emerging Talent Advisory Group offered his view on the importance of visibility in helping to shape aspirations. In the feature he's quoted as having said:

I know from personal experience that it's hard for you to aspire to something if you don't see people who look like you doing it."

He added:

"You think, 'Am I good enough to be in that environment?'. This programme helps to provide visibility in a space where many bright, talented and impressive individuals might never have access: politics."

There were further insights from Frank Starling on how credible mentorship had proven to be 'a crucial component' of the course and a separate mentor who commented on his excitement for what lies ahead for the programme.

The programme is run in partnership with the University of Oxford’s Magdalen College and Blavatnik School of Government, the House of Commons and Lloyds Banking Group. Magdalen have also now committed to running the programme for a further 3 years.

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