Black Leaders still Missing in Action

Tuesday 8 February 2022

Meera, a former Director of Children’s Services, has over 35 years experience in the social care sector. Meera was integral in the design of the Black and Asian Leadership Initiative (BALI) for The Staff College to support aspiring Black leaders. She is the author of ‘Black Leaders Missing in Action’, ‘Cultural Competence’ and co-authored ‘Leading in Colour: the Fierce Urgency of NOW!


’ published in 2021. It is a call for action, primarily aimed at white leaders, CEX’s, Board leaders across the public sector. It sets out the issues facing their Black staff and communities, challenges and supports white leaders to lead sustained action to tackle these issues. Meera is co-lead for the ‘Leadership in Colour’ programme commissioned by the All London Directors of Children’s Services (ALDCS) and as part of that programme delivering Cultural Competence training to all DCS’s and two cohorts of London BALI.

Meera started life as a looked after child and in 2006 she became disabled overnight; she is a breast cancer survivor following treatment in 2020 and lives with a number of long-term health conditions. Meera continues to support BALI and contributes towards anti-racist and culturally competent approaches to support organisations, individual practitioners and their communities. She is a member of the Department of Health and Social Care Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Advisory Board. Meera has a BA (hons) Social Policy and Administration, Certificate of Qualification in Social Work and an MA in Business and Public Sector Strategy.

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