The Network for Black and Asian Professionals was set up in 1998 to tackle under-representation in the FE sector. The organisation was instrumental in increasing the number of BAME principals, from just one in 1998 to 17 in 2013.
Former chief executive Rajinder Mann says the focus on race has dropped off the agenda since the body was shut down three years ago owing to a lack of funding.
“The closure also meant that training was no longer available and therefore the positive-action steps to grow BAME staff [numbers], as part of a sector succession-planning strategy, has been lost,” she adds.
“In 2002, the sector had the vision to set up the Commission for Black Staff in FE, which looked at the barriers to black staff progression. The focus on race meant we were able to track the number of black principals and senior managers; I am not sure who would have this information now.”