GM Future Leaders

6 months of place leadership – and a lifetime of connection!

GM Future Leaders is Future of GM’s leadership programme for rising cross-sector talent – people starting to lead teams and/or manage major projects and stakeholder groups.
Following a fantastic pilot in 2023 – see participants here – we launch our first full course in 2024, including mentoring, visits and more, and including two bursary places for community & voluntary organisations.

Future of GM serves place-focused practitioners, from planning to procurement, development to health, and all sessions offer leadership skills and insight for any role.

The 6-month course combines skills workshops, field trips, a mentor, fantastic senior and peer connections and a final group assignment. All sessions are confidential and our expert facilitators provide just the right blend of safe space and challenge for a rich development experience that’s tailored to GM.

We welcome public, private and third sector, for greater understanding of the context we operate in and actively encourage nominations from under-represented groups. See the current cohort here, and check out sister programme Future London Leaders, now on Round 36!

Topics for 2024 are below – each morning workshop is paired with a relevant workshop or a field trip that puts these concepts into action:

  • Understanding and optimising your leadership style
  • Expansive thinking
  • Managing your inner saboteur
  • Building trust as a leader
  • Inclusive leadership
  • Impactful and motivational leadership
  • Developing your professional brand
For information or to inqurie about Round 2, please email:

Huge thanks to early programme champions GMCA and Hatch Urban Solutions, and to session hosts Trowers, Arup, Cushman & Wakefield, Muse and Rider Levett Bucknall. If you’d like to partner on our place leadership programmes, please email

Some 2023 feedback:

“A super supportive and innovative environment with like-minded professionals to learn about your personal strengths and areas for development.”

“The course exceeded my expectations in that it got me thinking about the ‘politics’ of day-to-day interactions.”

“One of the most interesting and useful sessions I’ve attended in years. A real eye-opener for understanding what stress is, how it impacts on me and how I can manage it.”