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UKGBC announces 2020 Future Leaders

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today announced the 2020 cohort of its prestigious Future Leaders programme.

Now in its seventh year, the 5-month programme brings together high-potential professionals from across the built environment industry to take part in a unique programme of leadership and innovation.

It kicks off with a two-and-a-half-day innovation workshop in London at the end of January, followed by a series of innovation webinars, and a residential retreat in May, culminating in ‘Festival of Ideas’ with industry leaders in June.

The programme takes participants on a journey to develop the capability and skills to drive change and sustainability, while progressing and boosting confidence in their own individual leadership journeys.

Future Leaders provides a forum for tomorrow’s leaders to confront 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.

Graduates from the programme are able to join the exclusive Future Leadership alumni network, which brings opportunities for continued professional development and access to a growing number of thought-leaders right across the built environment value chain.

Our 2020 Future Leaders:

– Hannah Farahar, Development Project Manager, AECOM

– Claire Burgess, PR and Communications, Argent (starting from March 2020)

– Julia Messenger, Sustainability Advisor, BAM

– Matthew Lindsay, Project Manager, Biotechture Ltd

– Leila du Toit, Sustainability Manager, Canary Wharf Group plc

– Ann Xu, Analyst, CBRE

– Richard    Vockins, Sustainability Consultant & ESG Programme Manager, CBRE

– Richard Sheppard, Principal Engineer, Cundall

– Mariya Tsvetkova, Associate, FORE Partnership

– Amanda Sheppard, Asset Manager, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

– Charlotte Sythes, Development Manager, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

– Drew Pinazza, Head of Public Spaces, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

– Erion Thaci, Project Manager, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

– Darren Pitts, Project Manager, Heathrow Airport Ltd

– Swati Singh, BREEAM Manager, High Speed Two Ltd

– Kate Donnovan, Project Manager, Lendlease

– Robert Taylor, Product Manager – Residential Heating, Mitsubishi Electric UK Living Environmental Systems

– Sylvester Harker, Estates Manager, Retirement Villages

– Karl Desai, Advancing Net Zero Projects Manager, UK Green Building Council

– Charlotte Nye, Foundation Manager, Willmott Dixon

Elfrida Hamilton-Russell, Head of Learning and Leadership at UKGBC, said:

“We are very pleased to welcome this group of the built environment’s brightest stars to Future Leaders 2020. With the climate crisis having rocketed up the agenda in the past year, there has never been a more pressing time to invest in the development of forward-thinking individuals who can reimagine and transform our built environment for the better.

“The 2020 cohort contains a fantastic mix of skills and experience and we look forward to developing and challenging these stand-out individuals through our unique programme of leadership and innovation.”

Applications for the 2021 cohort of Future Leaders will open in the summer. Applications are currently open for UKGBC’s Change Accelerator programme, which gives middle to senior level business leaders cutting edge leadership insights alongside the opportunity to reframe their current business challenges and deliver meaningful change.


UKGBC is an industry-led network with a mission to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment.

A charity with over 400 member organisations spanning the entire value chain, we represent the voice of the industry’s current and future leaders who are striving for transformational change.

We inspire, challenge and empower our members, helping them to identify and adopt the most sustainable, viable solutions.

We also engage our members in advocating a progressive message to government, informing and influencing policy.

Together for a better built environment


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