Celebrating 106 Leaders programme graduates

Candidates, mentors and programme facilitators past and present from Future of London’s Leaders programmes gathered at the Building Centre on July 2nd for the graduations of Future London Leaders Round 7 and the inaugural round of Leaders Plus – and to mark a special milestone for the Leaders programmes.

As Future of London’s Leaders programmes continue to grow, so does the size, quality and reach of our Alumni Network. With the graduations of these two cohorts, programme alumni passed the ‘100’ milestone with 106 candidates having completed one (or both!) programmes. Many graduates and mentors from previous rounds joined in the celebration for an evening of drinks, nibbles and networking.

These 106 graduates work in 38 organisations across London’s public, private and third sectors, taking on roles of increasing responsibility and seniority. Many alumni continue to contribute to the Leaders programmes and Future of London’s wider work, from speaking at and hosting events to nominating their own staff to Leaders programmes and mentoring new candidates.

The evening included a welcome and some context from Future of London Chair David Lunts; Visakha Sri Chandrasekera reflecting on Lovell’s involvement over the eight rounds of the programme; and an introduction to Alumni Network activities from 2013-14 Steering Group reps Holly Mann and Philippa Bloomfield. Still, the focal point was the graduation of the two cohorts.


The 16 candidates on Future London Leaders Round 7 graduated first. Their course kicked off in January 2014 and included:

  • Support from a senior mentor
  • Leadership skills training with Urbancanda’s Miffa Salter and Andrena Cumella
  • Practitioner-led site visits to King’s Cross, and to the Lee Tunnel site at Beckton
  • A policy discussion on localism and community engagement, with guest speaker Tony Burton
  • Learning-based networking opportunities, at an ethics and professionalism workshop facilitated by public interest practitioner and FLL mentor Stephen Hill, and a panel discussion on the art and science of networking
  • Inspiring PechaKucha-style presentations on candidate ideas on ‘one change for a better London’

Leaders Plus graduation

We also celebrated the graduation of Leaders Plus Round One, which started in October 2013. In addition to having access to a senior mentor, the 13 Leaders Plus candidates participated in masterclasses and workshops across three streams:

Personal development

  • Applied Leadership Skills, led by Urbancanda’s Miffa Salter
  • Leadership and Innovation, led by Miffa Salter

External affairs

  • Reputational Risk 1: Facing the Press, led by Paul Blanchard of In the Hotseat
  • Reputational Risk 2: Facing the Public, led by Miffa Salter
  • Working with Stakeholders: Community Projects, led by Bracket’s Alison Coward

Management and delivery

  • Attracting Inward Investment, led by Pat Brown (Central) with a senior-level panel including Robert Gordon Clark (LCA), Pat Hayes (LB Ealing) and Matt Mason (Crosstree)
  • Finding Funding, led by Mark Baigent (Greenwich) with a senior-level panel including Gerry Hughes (GVA), Stuart Scott (GLA), Jamie Ratcliff (GLA), Peter McBride (TfL) and Yinka Bolaji (Genesis)
  • Procurement Masterclass, led by Lewis Silkin’s Clare Reddy and Owen Williams
  • Communicating the Vision, with panel Maggie Rafalowicz (Campbell Tickell), Russell Brown (Hawkins\Brown), Finn Williams (GLA), and Bally Meeda (Urban Graphics), who also led a workshop

We congratulate all of the latest programme graduates, and welcome them officially into the Alumni Network. From the energy in the room, the celebration is the beginning of many new relationships, programme ideas and alumni activities. We look forward to welcoming the next cohorts on to the programme in Autumn 2014.

For more information on becoming involved with the Leaders programmes, please get in touch with Jennifer Johnson.

Morgan Sindall investments logo This event was kindly sponsored by Morgan Sindall Investments.