Latest News | 3 November 2020

New firm aims to create more BAME leaders

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The founder of leadership development and consultancy company Ignite Your Inner Potential is set to launch a new business aimed at creating more senior leaders from the black and ethnic minority community in the uniformed services.

Former police chief Kul Mahay, who was once the most senior Asian officer in the UK police service, has joined forces with Army veteran Samuel T Reddy, to create TriPotential.

The not-for-profit firm will look to help the military, police and emergency services recruit and retain the highest calibre of BAME staff possible – with the potential of them becoming leaders of the future. It also aims to help those leaving the services to transfer their skills to other roles.

Due to launch in early 2021, TriPotential is hoping that with financial backing, it will be able to offer its services for free.

Kul said: “When I left the police five years ago, after more than 30 years’ service, I had no idea how to move forward in my new life.

“A programme like TriPotential, where the skills I had learned during my time with the police, could have been identified and adapted to transition into other organisations, would have been perfect.”

Supporting BAME communities is something Kul has always been passionate about, having advised the police force following the death of teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993.

He also co-founded the Black Police Association, supporting BAME colleagues and the police service across the UK, and was one of the very first vice-presidents of the National Black Police Association.

He said: “Over the past several decades our important uniformed services have worked tirelessly to recruit more candidates from our BAME communities. Yet we still seem to find it challenging in achieving this.

“We are committed to looking at the issue much more holistically, to help these important organisations recruit high calibre staff from BAME communities and to support them to excel in our vital uniformed services.”

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