In 2012, the Leadership Centre launched its flagship programme, Future Vision. The overarching aim of Future Vision is to help senior leaders address the leadership challenges they are facing, helping to inspire and create a better future for citizens by enabling systems change through leadership development.

There has never been a stronger need for adaptive leadership that crosses boundaries. We live in an increasingly complex, interdisciplinary world. Unprecedented financial pressures on public, private and voluntary sectors have combined with ever-higher expectations of outcomes, making effective leadership of organisations all the more pivotal.

Future Vision is a cohort based programme, which each year invites 20 to 25 leaders from across the public, private and voluntary sectors to take part and work on these challenges. Every cohort is different, and it’s this diversity which is placed at the forefront of the desired membership each year. Each brings their own distinctive perspective to the group. A typical Future Vision cohort could include any of the following:

• Elected Council Leaders
• Local authority Chief Executives
• British Ambassadors to foreign countries
• Chief Constables
• Chief Fire Officers
• Generals in the Army, or equivalent in another one of the armed forces
• Health sector Chief Executives
• Directly-elected Police and Crime Commissioners
• Senior Whitehall civil servants
• Senior private sector leaders working in the public sector
• Charitable sector Chief Executives

Watch this short video to hear from participants and faculty about the Future Vision experience.



The overall design and delivery of the Future Vision programme is conducted by the Leadership Centre. But a unique feature of the Future Vision programme is that participants are heavily involved in the design, so that although the broad format is the same each year, the precise programme content, the areas covered, and the experts consulted all differ for each group.

The main structure of the programme is set across 5 blocks throughout the year which have a mandatory attendance, these are as follows:

Block 1 – Design Event

The first opportunity for participants to meet other cohort members, and the opportunity to shape the year’s programme content around personal leadership goals.

Block 2 – Immersion Event

Here the programme starts in earnest, immersing participants in the leadership thinking, practices and necessary skills they can use in dealing with their leadership challenges.

Block 3 – 24 hr Progress Event

This event provides the chance to check in on the progress leaders are making and look at further opportunities for learning.

Block 4 – Boston Trip

A week of discovering cutting-edge analytical techniques and briefings with counterparts from the USA. Has previously included days at Harvard Kennedy Business School, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Block 5 – Final Programme Event

The final event brings participants together to reflect on the year, what they have taken from the programme and how they have progressed on the leadership challenges identified at the beginning of the cohort.

For a more thorough overview of the programme and the process participants go through you can download the latest flyer for the programme here.

Joe Simpson, Leadership Centre, Director shares the underpinning principles and aims of Future Vision and what makes it the first and only programme of it’s kind.

Prof Christopher Pietroni, Director of the Institute of Leadership at Birmingham University & Future Vision Programme Director talks here about the unique experience of the Boston study visit.

Following the programme

The Leadership Centre offers support to make such longer-term development possible, and to help link together Future Vision cohorts with our wider network of collaborators in the public sector, there is the opportunity to join specific alumni vision events.

We’re now looking to expand and energise the vast network of alumni who have taken part in these programmes, with the aim that those who see the need to create real change can work together to bring it about for the benefit of citizens.

Here are David Bolger, Alumni Director and Sarah Lewis, Alumni Manager sharing their ambitions and details of the offer available to Future Vision alumni.

What have past participants said?

“I found Future Vision to be a profoundly transformational experience, and there is no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t have made the jump to leading the organisation that I now lead today without it.”

“I’ve found that it’s a great forum to unburden myself in. I’m surrounded by leaders facing very similar sets of problems to me – but as none of them work in my sector, it’s a very non-competitive atmosphere, where you can be totally frank in a way that you can’t always be with your immediate colleagues.”


“Without a doubt the best training or mentoring programme I have ever done.”

“It’s really opened my eyes to the bigger picture, and the emerging world we’re working in. I walked away from Harvard and MIT thinking ‘I have seen the future!’”

“I’m amazed at how much we cover in just the first 24 hours – and really excited about what we can do in a week, a month, or a year.”

“You tap into knowledge that you wouldn’t otherwise come across.”

Hear what participants have said about their experience of the programme and why they would recommend it to other senior leaders

Lisa Winward, Chief Constable, North Yorkshire Police

Javed Khan, Chief Executive, Barnardo’s

Cllr Jack Hopkins, Leader of Lambeth Council 

Peter Kelly, Centre Director, Public Health England, North East

Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive, Locality

If you found this section useful, you may also want to explore the following areas of our work:

2025 Leaders Programme

Alumni Vision

Leadership for Change


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