Applications are now open for the 2021 Change Accelerator cohort. See below for details, prospectus and application form.

The Change Accelerator is a three-month programme is aimed at middle to senior level business leaders (+15 years’ experience) working in the built environment with real influence over business strategy, and with a remit for change.

This year, it runs from September to November 2021 and aims overall to facilitate a systemic shift in the sustainability of the built environment. By the end of the programme, participants will gain a new perspective and be connected to a network of peers who will support them in the delivery of bold and sustainable outcomes for their own organisations.

The Change Accelerator objectives are to:

  1. Expose participants to cutting edge leadership insights, delivered through a mix of learning techniques and peer-to-peer dialogue.
  2. Redefine own leadership purpose, understand how to influence systems and hone storytelling techniques to maximize influence and deliver transformational change at organisational level.
  3. Apply a new frame of thinking to existing challenges, leveraging shared insights and developing a strategy to positively achieve sectoral change.

The programme consists of the following key components:

  1. Purpose 
    Kick-off call – 2nd September
    Residential session – 9th-10th September (including overnight accommodation)
  2. Storytelling (1 day central London)
    12th October
  3. Systems change (1.5 days central London)
    24th – 25th November

Participants work on their own business change which they define through the programme. To support this – between the sessions, participants are given tasks to complete. The learning between session is estimated as 2 days in total.

As with our other executive programmes, applications are highly competitive, and we accept a maximum of two applicants from each organisation.

If you have any further questions, please contact Elfrida Hamilton Russell.


The cost per person for the full programme is as follows. These have a 20% discount in light of COVID.

  • UKGBC members: £2799*
  • Non-members: £4399*

*Discounts and bursary places available for public sector, SME and not-for-profit organisations. Please contact us for more information.


‘This programme gave me pause to reflect on my leadership style and by doing this I have reviewed both where I am and where I wanted to be and change my operating model; bringing in storytelling, values and personal purpose. This has bought benefits both to myself and the business as it has given me strength and an authentic voice within the organisation’

Angela Rondeau, Mistubishi Electric

‘A superb, inclusive programme with the power to fundamentally increase the pace of positive change within an organisation.’

Cressida Curtis, Brunswick Group

‘Inspirational, thought provoking and challenging. A programme that has provided me with the necessary tools to create the changes needed, within the built environment.’

Stephen Watson, Willmott Dixon

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