This year, we celebrate a decade of UKGBC’s Future Leaders programme bringing together high-potential professionals from across the built environment industry to take part in a unique process of leadership and innovation.  

The programme kicks off with a two-day innovation workshop in late January, followed by a retreat in March and will culminate in a celebratory evening showcasing the cohort’s sustainability pitches to industry leaders in June 2023. The programme takes participants on a journey to develop their innovative thinking, business idea development, personal leadership skills, collaboration 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 invited to join the exclusive Future Leadership Forum network of over 270 leadership alumni, which brings opportunities for continued thought leadership right across the built environment value chain. 

Our 2023 Future Leaders:   

  • Akshaya Kumar, Bentall Green Oak 
  • Alice Johnson, Grenadier 
  • Amy Banks, Laing O’Rourke 
  • Angeliki Krania, Lamington Group 
  • Daniel Huxton, Arup 
  • Elisa Bruno, Arup 
  • Elliot Wellbelove, Hanson UK/Heidelberg Materials 
  • Francesca Prestinoni, Hilson Moran 
  • Gabriel Zhiri         
  • Giacomo Mari, Gensler 
  • Hannah Giddings, UKGBC 
  • Hannah White, Fabrix 
  • Iliana Koutsou, London Borough of Barnet 
  • Jack Bain, Mitsubishi Electric Europe 
  • Jack Hawkins, GPE 
  • Jennifer Waterhouse, Crown Estate 
  • Joe Benatmane, JLL 
  • Joe Forde, BRE 
  • Kai Liebetanz, UKGBC 
  • Liz Liddell-Grainger, JTP Studios 
  • Luke Marchant, Gensler 
  • Martin Kemp, BRE 
  • Michael O’Gorman, Troup Bywaters + Anders 
  • Nazakat Azimli, Laudes Foundation 
  • Riyaan Patel, CBRE 
  • Tarryn Sinclair, Countryside Partnerships 
  • Tom Pemble, Troup Bywaters + Anders 

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

“We are delighted to welcome 27 of the built environment’s most promising individuals to the 2023 Future Leaders programme.”

“This year we received a record number of applications from all corners of the industry, highlighting the continued commitment to drive positive change as we enter the fourth year of the decade of action.”

“We look forward to working with the cohort to develop the skills, courage and mindsets that will support the built environment’s transformation into one which enables people and planet to thrive”

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