PRESS RELEASE: UKGBC Future Leaders 2023 opens for applications

UKGBC is seeking the best and brightest minds in the built environment to focus on critical issues facing the sector. 
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September 20, 2022

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Record-breaking temperatures, flash flooding and widespread drought this summer have presented the UK with a stark reminder that urgent action is needed to address the climate crisis. As the second largest source of carbon emissions, responsible for around a quarter of our carbon footprint, the built environment industry has a crucial role to play in putting the UK on track to deliver our climate targets. An important part of industry’s role in delivering net zero will include upskilling the existing workforce. Stakeholders across all areas of an organisation will need to better understand how their businesses’ operations contribute to the climate crisis and identifying what radical changes must be made.  

Designed to inspire the next generation of leaders, the Future Leaders challenge is for forward-thinking professionals with 5-10 years’ experience who are keen to confront critical sustainability issues facing the built environment industry. Through a focus on both personal leadership and radical sustainability transformation, delegates will build the skills and mindsets required to support their organisation to innovate and make change happen.  

Now in its tenth year, the 2023 programme will run over 6-months from January to June, featuring two intensive in person two day workshops, with expert speakers and facilitators, ahead of a showcase event in June. Delegates will collaborate remotely between these sessions to hone their leadership skills and co-create innovative concepts.   

Following graduation from the programme, the 2023 cohort will join over 270 individuals and continue to collaborate through involvement in the UKGBC Leadership Alumni group, which brings opportunities for further widening of networks and professional development and access to a growing number of thought-leaders right across the built environment value chain.  

The deadline for applications to Future Leaders 2023 is Friday 11th November 2022. Submit your application here. 

 Elfrida Hamilton-Russell, Director of Learning and Leadership at UKGBC: 

This year we celebrate a decade of running our flagship Future Leaders programme, bringing together emerging talent and the brightest minds in our industry. Over the last 10 years, our Future Leaders have returned to their respective organisation with a new way of thinking, as well as the confidence and mindset to challenge business as usual and ignite positive change across their workplace. If you think you have what it takes to drive forward innovative leadership, then this programme is for you.”