UK Green Building Council unveils 2020 Future Leaders

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The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has announced the members of its 2020 Future Leaders programme

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.

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.

The programme begins 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.

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.”

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


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