Future Leaders

UKGBC’s Future Leaders programme brings together ambitious, high-potential professionals from across industry to take part in a unique programme of leadership and innovation.
Future leaders


June 13, 2019


Research & Innovation, Education & Leadership



Get involved: Applications for Future Leaders 2020 are now closed. Details for the 2021 programme will be announced in due course. For more senior individuals, our Change Accelerator programme is still accepting applications. If you have any questions please contact learning@ukgbc.org.

2020 will be the 7th year that UKGBC convenes a group of Future Leaders comprised of committed, enthusiastic individuals presented with the challenge of confronting critical issues facing the industry, including the climate crisis, while working collaboratively to address them through the development of innovative ideas to inspire the radical transformation of the built environment.

The five-month Future Leaders programme is designed for forward-thinking professionals with 5-10 years’ experience – the cohort will work in teams and develop the capability and skills to drive radical transformation and sustainability, while progressing and boosting confidence in their own individual leadership journeys. They then return to their respective organisations equipped with this new thinking and inspiration, continuing to collaborate through involvement in the Future Leadership Forum, which now boasts over 150 members.

The 2020 programme

Part 1: Explore and initiate 2.5 day Workshop (London) 22-24 January 2020

Sustainability and Radical transformation

Part 2: Develop and refine 2.5 day Retreat (Stroud) 9-11 March 2020

Personal Leadership

Part 3: Action 1 day Showcase event (London) 11 June 2020

Participants will benefit from a range of expert inputs and high profile key note speakers, and will work to develop an innovation idea on key built environment sustainability challenges which are developed through the programme.

Get involved: Applications for the 2020 Future Leaders programme are now open. Click here to download an application form. The deadline for applications is 11 October.

Future Leaders are drawn from a range of backgrounds from the built environment sector, and are selected based on an enthusiasm to learn, an openness to new ways of thinking, and a desire to challenge the status quo. It is not a prerequisite to have sustainability in the job title – in fact the diversity of perspectives is crucial to the programme’s success.


  • £3,999 + VAT for members
  • £5,499 + VAT for non-members

This programme is designed to inspire the next generation of leaders who will transform the sustainability of the built environment. This transformation will not come about by business as usual, but through a radical and fundamental shift, in which sustainability and innovative thinking are strategic drivers. See below for testimonials and impact stories.


“The UK Green Building Council has equipped us to be able to tackle some of the built environment’s most significant challenges and shown the power of storytelling. It’s been one of the most immersive experiences of my career and invigorating and inspiring to be surrounded by such passionate people.  I’m looking forward to joining the alumni network and continuing to develop ideas which can be applied to my organisation and the wider industry.” – Emily Hamilton, Sustainability Manager, Grosvenor

Express an interest:  Please contact Zachary Rootes

Leadership Strategic Partners

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  • grosvenor
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