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.


June 14, 2018


Research & Innovation, Education & Leadership



Get involved: Applications for the 2019 Future Leaders programme are now closed. Please contact Zachary Rootes to register your interest in future programmes.

The Future Leaders programme convenes 24 of the best and brightest minds in the built environment who get the chance to grapple with the critical issues facing the industry, and work collaboratively to address them.

Participants embark on their own leadership journey, and develop the skills to drive innovation and lead a truly sustainable business. They then bring this new thinking and inspiration back to their organisation, continuing the collaboration through involvement in the Future Leaders Network, which last year celebrated its 100th member.

The five-month programme, starting in January 2019, is designed for ambitious professionals with 5-15 years’ experience, and will fast-track their leadership journey, giving them the experience of transforming an innovative idea into a business reality.

Future Leaders can come from any background from within the built environment sector, and are selected by their enthusiasm to learn, an openness to new ways of thinking, and a desire to challenge current ways of working. It is not by any means a prerequisite to have sustainability in your job title – in fact the diversity of perspectives is crucial to the programme’s success.

“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

  1. Residential (2.5 days)
    23-25 January 2019, 15:00 Wed – 16:30 Fri (Manchester – two night’s accommodation included)
  2. Business Model Development and Storytelling (2.5 days)
    11-13 March 2019, 09:00 Mon – 12:00 Wed (London – accommodation not included)
  3. Leadership Insights (0.5 day)
    13 June 2019, 09:00 – 12:00

The Future Leaders programme has been developed in collaboration with our delivery partner Switch On. Switch On is a leadership consultancy – born from a disruptive innovation agency – dedicated to equipping leaders with everything they need to find and seize opportunities for continuous business breakthroughs that create value and drive impact within the Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous, Networked and Stressed (VUCANS) world.

Download the prospectus here, and the application form here.

To find out more about the business models created during the programme, download the 2018 Innovation Yearbook here.


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

Applications for Future Leaders 2019 are now closed.


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