Future of Greater Manchester appoints Judi Greenwood as programme lead

Future of Greater Manchester, FoL’s new northwest cousin, has appointed Judi Greenwood as programme lead, charged with expanding the non-profit’s acclaimed leadership offer.

Future of Greater Manchester is backed by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and helps urban practitioners connect across sectors, develop their leadership skills and share best practice.

GMCA Chief Executive Eamonn Boylan mentors and is an active champion, saying: “We must work across sectors and boundaries to tackle the challenges we face. This programme is critical for developing and equipping GM’s senior talent pool to do that.”

Since 2020, 75 senior leaders have participated in the core GM Leaders Plus programme, and applications are now open for 2023.

Judi is known across the sector as director of Regeneration Brainery, and says “I’m excited by the opportunity to strengthen GM’s senior talent pool and to develop the diverse leadership we need for the future.

“Our priorities for 2023 include a Speaker Diversity Network to give under-represented groups more profile, visits between regions to share best practice, and developing mid-level leadership courses.”

She joins Future of Greater Manchester and Future of London Executive Director Lisa Taylor, who will stay on through 2023/24 as advisor, board chair and to support the transition.

Future of London started in 2010 as an inclusive membership network for the built environment. The non-profit focuses on leadership development, best practice, connection and diversity for public-, private- and third-sector practitioners in housing, regeneration, local economy and infrastructure.

Future of Greater Manchester also addresses socioeconomic impact, community engagement and integrated health care, all in line with regional priorities.

The two organisations have a combined network of more than 5,000 practitioners across the UK, including nearly 700 increasingly influential alumni.

Lisa spearheaded the Manchester initiative in 2017 at the urging of Chris Paddock. A Mancunian working as London director for Regeneris (now Hatch), he wanted to adapt Future of London’s value to his home city.

The concept won the support of GMCA Chief Executive Eamonn Boylan and Sir Richard Leese, then Leader of Manchester City Council, and is now backed by GMCA, Hatch, Arup and Trowers & Hamlins.

Having survived lockdown with GM content but London-based staff, Future of Greater Manchester is ready to take off.

“We planned for a Manchester base since concept stage,” says Lisa, “and Judi is absolutely the right person to take the programme forward. Her energy, sector knowledge, network and her passion for fair access and real-world leadership development will help expand our offer in a meaningful way.”

Judi will also retain a strategic role at Regeneration Brainery, whose focus is on providing property sector access, support and training to under-represented young people.

Watch this space for her early impressions as we ramp up for 2023!