Future London Leaders

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Sponsored in part by Lovell and Re and hosted by Lewis Silkin, the Future London Leaders programme is exclusive to Future of London members. It has been designed to identify and nurture the career development of London’s most promising public-sector practitioners, with a focus on regeneration, housing, transport, infrastructure and economic development.

Since its inception in April 2010, 210 candidates have graduated from FLL and the Leaders Plus masterclass series. These alumni are moving up through delivery and decision-making roles across London’s public and private sector, working  to deliver a truly liveable London.

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The programme aims to:

  • Develop candidates’ network and increase exposure to senior cross-sector professionals
  • Build real, working understanding of the multidisciplinary aspects of regeneration
  • Develop candidates’ leadership and management skills, experience and confidence
  • Encourage awareness of personal strengths and areas for development
  • Encourage active career planning
  • Provide a ‘safe space’ to discuss ideas, problem-solving, and the wider world

Key elements of the programme include:

Mentoring: Each candidate is matched with a senior cross-sector mentor, ensuring an ongoing focus on their development, and allowing a forum for discussing ideas from the formal sessions.

Leadership skills: The programme includes intensive development sessions focused on building leadership and management skills and personal confidence. This element is run with Miffa Salter and Andrena Cumella of respected provider Urbancanda.

Field trips: Candidates are given inside access to areas of London undergoing major change or facing significant challenges, where they get a chance to ask questions of the public- and private-sector practitioners involved – these are particularly linked to policy issues, leadership and stakeholder relations. Past visits have included Brixton and Croydon town centres, Southall, Dalston, Crossrail’s Canary Wharf Station, and St Clements Community Land Trust.

Networking, ethics and mainstream programming: A bespoke professional ethics workshop is now a regular feature of the programme, as is a topic-based networking event. Candidates are also invited to participate in FoL’s wider programme, and to join in alumni network activities from the outset.

The Future London Leaders Prospectus can be downloaded here [PDF].

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For further information on the programme, please contact Lisa Taylor.

Future London Leaders is sponsored by Lovell, Re and Lewis Silkin