Now in its fifth year, the 9-month programme brings together high-potential professionals from across the built environment industry to take part in a unique programme of leadership and innovation. The course kicks off with a two day residential in January, followed by a series of innovation workshops, and will culminate in an evening of presentations to industry leaders in September 2018. The programme takes participants on a journey to develop skills in personal leadership, collaborative thinking, business model development, innovation and storytelling.

Future Leaders provides a forum for tomorrow’s leaders to grapple with the most critical issues that the sector will face in the future, and challenges participants to work collaboratively to address these. Graduates from the programme are able to join the exclusive Future Leaders 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 2018 Future Leaders:

Lauren Williams, Associate Director – Sustainability, AECOM

Ciaran Garrick, Architect, Associate, BIM Manager, Allies and Morrison

Steven Kellett, Sustainability Manager, Argent

Ajay Shah, Principal Environmental Designer, Atelier Ten

Michael Karling, Project Engineer, Banyards

Kanav Gupta, Architect, Barr Gazetas

Charlotte Hardy, BREEAM UK New Construction Scheme Manager, BRE

Simon Waters, Project Manager, Canary Wharf Contractors

Mark Poulter, Associate (Mechanical), ChapmanBDSP

James Spears, Principal Engineer, Cundall

Paolo Vimercati, Associate Principal, Grimshaw

Lucy Puddle, Senior Development Manager, Grosvenor

Niall Robertson, Director & Sustainability Lead, Project & Development Services, JLL

Tom Byrne, Energy Manager, Landsec

Avni Mehta, Commercial Manager, Development, Lendlease

Kieran Hedges, MD/Head of Acquisitions, Maantra

Hero Bennett, Senior Sustainability Consultant, Max Fordham

Ewan Cross, Senior Renewables Engineer, Rolton

Heidi Barnard, Head of Environment & Compliance, Saint-Gobain

Thomas Roberts, Project Manager, Sir Robert MᶜAlpine

Mina Hasman, Associate, Skidmore Owings and Merrill

Rachael Graham, Founder, SolaGrow

Tom Larsson, Development Executive, Stanhope

Katerina Mercury, Retail Asset Manager, The Crown Estate

Richard Twinn, Policy Advisor, UKGBC

Mathewe Bennett, Preconstruction Manager, Willmott Dixon Construction

Simon Tranter, Principal Sustainability Manager, Willmott Dixon Interiors

Cat Hirst, Director of Learning & Innovation at the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), said:

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome 28 of the built environment’s brightest stars to Future Leaders 2018. Investing in the development of forward-thinking individuals is crucial to reimagining our industry and ultimately delivering a radically improved built environment. This latest cohort will develop skills to drive positive change and add to the incredible wealth of innovation and thought leadership within the programme’s growing alumni network.”


Notes to editors

More information on the UKGBC Future Leaders programme is available here.


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.