Career Development Programme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff

Liverpool John Moores University is launching The ‘Nia’ Programme – to help progress careers for our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff.

Adopting the Swahili name ‘Nia,’ meaning ‘purpose’, the programme will be delivered by The King’s Fund to help create an inspiring and motivating career vision for colleagues. Staff registered on the virtual three-day programme will receive individual 1:1 personal coaching sessions.

By the end of this personal development programme professional services and academic staff attendees will amongst other things:

  • Understand the skills and qualities that aren’t taught in school – influence and the power of personal impact that make you stand out in a crowded marketplace.
  • Learn why in-house ‘Brand You’ matters more than ever in accelerating and progressing your future career.
  • Understand how to successfully access and leverage the hidden job market through intentional networking and contacts.
  • Develop a clear understanding of the difference between career achievement and career success.

The sessions will run:

  1. 22nd April 2022 (09:00 – 15:30)
  2. 10th May 2022 (09:00 – 15:30)
  3. 20th June 2022 (09:00 – 15:30)

Moni Akinsanya, EDI Manager said: “This ‘Nia’ Programme will provide a supportive space to debate/discuss your unique experience as ethnically diverse staff, reflect on your current role and engage proper self-reflection on how you can make the most of your unique difference to achieve excellence in your chosen career path. I expect minority staff to be released to undertake this very important training.”

Meet the trainers:

Jackee works in the NHS, health and social care sectors, in finance and education and in the cultural arts sectors. She works with directors, senior leaders, board level executives and emerging leaders. She supports leaders who are committed to investing in ongoing personal and professional development to improve overall performance and generate results and outcomes that maximize impact in a fast-changing environment. Jackee is also an accredited coach, counsellor and coach supervisor.




Mark Patterson

Before joining The King’s Fund, Mark held senior strategic roles in the NHS, UK civil service and local government. He has postgraduate qualifications in executive coaching and group action learning, a Masters in leadership and is an experienced executive coach. He is a qualified British Psychological Society occupational testing practitioner and is accredited to use a wide variety of psychometrics tools. Mark is a facilitator, educator and coach with experience in supporting strategic change, service improvement, leadership, and wider organisational development interventions.



The King’s Fund is an independent charity helping to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; developing individuals, teams and organisations; promoting understanding; and bringing people together to learn, share knowledge and debate.      

Please note that spaces are limited, so to avoid disappointment please register as soon as possible.

For all enquiries, please contact the Equality Team directly at



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