Career nuggets - The Academy

A Workplace Excellence Program for Accelerated Career Progression.

Our Approach

Career Nuggets – The Academy is a career support hub and ecosystem based in London.The Academy’s mission is to develop workplace excellence for individuals in the BME community from university students, to graduates, experienced professionals and leaders.

Our Added Value

The academy delivers a continuous learning and development programme. This is headed by the founder, career experts, mentors and coaches who set out to educate, empower, and enlighten mentees through career counselling and leveraging a nurturing extensive network of 2000+ BME professionals who share insight and real experiences.

The Network

Our programmes has had tremendous breakthroughs in achieving its goals. So far we’ve empowered 2000+ professional recipients, secured 50 work placements and supported 50 individuals in securing roles to progress their careers. Of the 15 individuals that were mentored this year in the wake of Covid19, 8 have secured jobs. The impact of Career Nugget support hub and ecosystem is clear to see.

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We are delighted to welcome you to our Academy, Workplace Excellence Programme

Our aim is to educate, empower and enlighten the BME community to contribute towards workplace excellence and diversity for the shared benefit of our society.”

Morenike Ajayi MBE (Founder)


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Head of Treasury Europe, GXO Logistics

Kemi Bolarin is the Head of Treasury Europe at GXO Logistics.  She joined GXO in July 2021, previously she was Director, Treasury at GTT Communications and prior to that, Group Treasury Director at Travelport. Kemi is a chartered accountant (ACA) & qualified corporate treasurer (AMCT) with over 25 years’ experience in the banking and corporate sector, working in various treasury and finance roles. Outside structured work, Kemi is a board member of a multi-academy trust and the Dean of Career Nuggets Academy. She is actively involved in delivering mentoring to schools and young female leaders; and engaged in various initiatives towards inspiring the ‘future’.

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Group Head of Internal Audit

Tayo Oyinlola – Group Head of Internal Audit – Weir Group: Tayo is a qualified chartered certified accountant who is passionate about internal audit teams working collaboratively across organisations to provide strategic insight to current and emerging risks. 
While passionate about the value of an effective internal audit function, Tayo is also enthusiastic about equipping people with skills that can help them reach their full career potentials, control their finances and stay out of debt.
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Global Head of Technical Operations

Ayo Popoola (Bsc, MA, Prince 2, AWS Practitioner) is currently the Global Head of Market Operations Technical Operations at Citi Group.
Having studied banking and Finance he started out his career as a Trading Floor Analyst in 1994. His role has expanded over the years to leading multiple teams across the front office functions in Investment Banking to include regional and Global leadership of Equities and Derivs, Prime Finance, Global Futures Execution and Market Operations. He loves to mentor and coach the up and coming leaders.

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HR Director

Funke Sadare is a Senior HR Executive with operational and strategic HR experience with over 15 years’ experience in various sectors. Her core expertise lies in nurturing a high performance culture through action learning and talent development.

Funke is success-driven and leads passionately by expending her strong coaching and mentoring skills on professionals within her circle of influence. She believes that every professional must master their craft to the point where they are too good to be ignored.

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Director of Regulation & Compliance  

‘Tunde is a Director of Regulation & Compliance providing consultancy services to financial institutions through his Tolfe Consultants Practice.‘Tunde has over 23 years experience in the financial services industry and has held senior compliance roles at a number of global financial institutions.

A keen mentor, in particular to those looking to pursue careers in the financial services industry, Tunde regularly mentors young people and speaks at seminars as a way of giving back to his community. 

Kenny Ajayi

Associate Director of Quality Improvement & Safety

Kenny was appointed as Programme Director – Patient Safety at Imperial College Health Partners in July 2016, he is now the Associate Director for Quality Improvement and Safety.  

Prior to joining the partnership, he held a director role in a consultancy providing risk management services to the NHS, local authorities and the private sector. 
Kenny brings a range of public sector as well as commercial and consulting experience to the partnership.


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Mentoring & Counselling

“Career Nuggets reviewed my CV and with intensive coaching they counselled me and gave me the confidence to successfully move from a middle to seniormanagement role.” 

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"Career Development..."

“Career Nuggets are real pioneers in the BME community. I fully recommend them for anyone who wants to break barriers in their career.”
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"Career Coaching..."

“Career Nuggets helped me with my CV review. They provided 1-2-1 career coaching sessions and mock interviews. They excelled at successfully helping me secure a new job.”

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“Access to Career Nuggets 2000+ Network has been invaluable. I would have been unable to find this valuable network of experts who have helped my career on my own.” 

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Start Dates: 

Next Session is on 25th January 2022 –

Sessions are on Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm 

Location: Online/Virtual – ZOOM



The Academy delivers an 8-week career coaching, mentoring, management, and leadership development programme aimed at workplace excellence and accelerating career progression.


- Access to all 8 modules
- Access to mentors and CN network
- Free attendance to all CN events, including the annual soirée (£90).


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Next Session is on 25th January 2022 

Sessions are on Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Limited Spaces.