Future Vision

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.


Delivered in collaboration by the Leadership Centre and the Birmingham Leadership Institute. This highly acclaimed programme offers a unique experience for senior leaders who recognise that what they already know and how they already lead is not sufficient to meet the nature of the challenges they are facing.

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.

 Key Information

Dates: See below

Duration:  1 year

Format: A mix of residential in the UK & US, face-to-face workshops, online workshops and 1:1 coaching

Fee: The participant fee is on a sliding scale, dependent on the size and scale of your organisation. As a guide, the fee for large private sector organisations is £14,995+VAT and for large public sector organisations is £12,250+VAT. The Leadership Centre offers a limited number of bursaries up to £4,000 to ensure a genuinely diverse range of suitable participants can access the programme. 

Faculty: Christopher Pietroni, Kathryn Perera and Axelle Bagot, accompanied by a wide range of guest contributors.

Apply by: April 2024

Who is the programme for?

Exercising leadership in complex contexts inevitably requires working across traditional organisational, professional, political and spatial boundaries. Future Vision is therefore an explicitly cross-sector programme for up to 25 participants selected to ensure that the cohort can benefit from a genuinely diverse range of experiences and perspectives. In a given year, a Future Vision cohort might include:


  • Elected officials e.g. local authority Leaders and Police and Crime Commissioners
  • Local authority Chief Executives
  • Chief Constables and Chief Fire Officers
  • Senior Officers from the armed forces
  • Senior figures from the diplomatic service e.g. an Ambassador
  • NHS Chief Executives from across the system
  • Senior leaders in public health
  • Senior civil servants from across Whitehall
  • Senior leaders in pre-18, further and higher education
  • Charity and third sector Chief Executives
  • Senior figures in the business community.

Benefits for you

This is best described by some of our previous participants:

Focus and Structure

The programme is divided into several blocks across the year. Attendance at the core blocks is essential. The forthcoming cohort will contain the following:


Face to Face Elements


24 Hour Design Event, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor

15th – 16th May 2024

24 hours spread over two days where participants and faculty co-design the content for the programme. This is an opportunity to meet other cohort members and to shape the year’s programme content around your own personal leadership interests.



4 days & 4 nights, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor

14th – 18th July 2024

A week of immersion into the aspects of systemic leadership prioritised during the design event. The programme is built around a variety of inputs from a range of experts and frontline practitioners who are working to create change at a system level across organisations and within places. There is also time for peer learning and consultation during intensive small group work on your system leadership challenges.



Full day, The Exchange, Birmingham

24th September 2024

A one-day focus on an aspect of systems leadership prioritised during the design event.



4 days & 4 nights, Boston, Massachusetts

13th – 17th October 2024

A week of discovering cutting-edge insights, leadership development and learning with peers from around the world. Draws on our extensive academic and practitioner partners including from MIT and Harvard Kennedy School.



2 days, 1 night, Cumberland Lodge

20th – 21st November 2024

30 hours spread over two days, to check in on progress with your leadership challenges and to help you debrief your Boston experience.



Full day, The Exchange, Birmingham

6th February 2025

A one-day focus on an aspect of systems leadership prioritised during the design event.



24hrs, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor

5 – 6th March 2025

24 hours spread over two days. A final wrap-up of the programme.


Virtual sessions

In addition to the core dates above. There will be three, two hour facilitated virtual Zoom sessions in between face to face element of the programme.

Leadership Development Framework (LDF)

Most developmental psychologists now agree that what differentiates leaders is not so much their philosophy of leadership, their personality, or their style of management, but rather it’s their internal worldview or ‘Action Logic’ – how they construct reality and respond to emerging situations, and plan for the future. The Harthill LDP assesses the current ‘meaning making’ stage of the individual and identifies possible steps to move forward in their development.

You will also receive a report and a one hour debrief with an expert in LDP.

1:1 coaching

Each participant will have the opportunity for 6 x 1 hour sessions of 1:1 coaching over the duration of the programme. The sessions will be delivered by members of the faculty team who will be familiar with the programme content and therefore able to support you in the practical application of your learning to your own leadership challenges.


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