Future Generations Leadership Academy
The Future Generations Leadership Academy is a partnership programme led by the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, Sophie Howe.
In order to achieve the aspirations of the Well-being of Future Generations Act, the Commissioner set 6 priority areas for her term. One of those priority areas is ‘skills for the future.’ This programme will support young people with opportunities to learn and enhance their skills, to ensure we have strong leadership in Wales today and in the future.
This ambitious and innovative 10-month programme will see partners from across Wales’ public, private and third sector collaborate to support 21 young leaders.
We hope the programme will help support and strengthen policy and practice across Wales.
We also hope the Academy will promote cross sector collaboration by enabling existing leaders in Wales to connect with and learn from the next generation of leaders, to build a pool of young leaders in Wales who have the right skills for the future.
During the programme the participants will challenge current thinking through reverse mentoring and collaborate with experts and decision makers on the most pressing challenges. This programme will help our young leaders to build the skills, knowledge, and networks they need to make decisions for better public services in Wales now and in the future.
BBC Cymru Wales
Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner
Elenid Haf Roberts
North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority
Arts Council of Wales
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Cymru
Transport for Wales
Wales Millennium Centre
National Assembly for Wales
Public Health Wales
Natural Resources Wales
Kimberley Tariro Mamhende
University of South Wales
The Academy curriculum is designed and delivered to develop the leadership potential of 21 individuals, and includes:
The Big Challenge
A process that will run throughout the entire 10-months where the cohort will work together to prioritise, problem solve and offer solutions to the big challenges facing Wales, through the lens of the 7 Well-being Goals: a prosperous Wales; a resilient Wales; a healthier Wales; a more equal Wales; a Wales of cohesive communities; a Wales of vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language; a globally responsible Wales and the five ways of working. Participants will collectively identify a challenge facing Wales now and in the future, and will work with experts to identify possible solutions.
One Young World
Participants will attend and take part in international conferences including One Young World Summit in London. These opportunities are designed to offer an international leadership perspective.
A series of interactive and practical workshops that will focus on building the skills needed to lead for future generations. These include: Understanding Self & Others; Future Trends & Scenarios; and Mental Toughness.
Leadership in Action
A series of sessions to build knowledge and insight by learning from the expertise and experiences of current leaders practicing the 5 Ways of Working: Long-term, Prevention, Integration, Involvement, and Collaboration.
This innovative element of the Academy will see us turn the traditional mentoring process on its head. You will participate in mentoring training including a practical workshop in preparation for being matched with a current CEO in Wales who you will work with to explore organisational culture and workshop solutions to challenges faced by their organisation.
The cohort will be expected to provide constructive challenge and insight to a collection of public bodies. We anticipate this taking place at a Public Services Board.
Summer School & Leadership Retreat
These two residential opportunities will happen during the latter half of the 10-month programme. They will offer an opportunity for you to network with current and future leaders outside of the Academy and offer additional experiences for you to develop your skills, knowledge and confidence.
This celebratory event will bring the pilot of the Future Generations Leadership Academy to a close in October 2020. This will be an opportunity to reflect on your experiences and to share your learning with the rest of the Academy team and external guests.
We will share the journey of our participants through blogs, social media, our newsletter and vlogs.
Expressions of Interest
Expressions of interest are now open for our 2021 programme. We are calling on organisations or individuals who are interested in becoming partners to contact us. Partners will be expected to pay a fee, and will receive a range of benefits. Please contact Jacob Ellis for further information: Jacob.firstname.lastname@example.org
Interest from potential partner organisations:
We welcome interest from organisations in Wales who would like to explore the opportunity to become an Academy partner. Please complete an Expression of Interest form and a member of our team will be in touch regarding the 2021 programme
Interest from prospective participants:
We are welcoming early interest from prospective participants for our 2021 Leadership Academy: Please complete an Expression of Interest form and a member of our team will be in touch when applications open for the 2021 intake.
Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
is an independent statutory role, acting as the guardian of future generations. The Commissioner has duties to advise and assist public bodies in their implementation of the Well-being of Future Generations Act. The Commissioner must also monitor and assess the progress made by the public bodies and promote sustainable development.
are a pioneering youth leadership development charity promoting the issues of social mobility and equality. Our mission is to open pathways to power for a diverse young people who have talent, but lack opportunity. We equip under-represented young people with the knowledge, networks, skills and confidence to fulfil their leadership potential, find new opportunities and transform the world around them through social action.
Simply Do Ideas
is an award-winning cloud-based, digital platform enabling organisations to capture, evaluate and support challenge-led business improvement through Open and Closed Innovation. Experts in digital change management from startups to large corporate and public sector organisations, Simply Do has worked with over 80 organisations across the UK, including clients from academia, engineering, healthcare, financial services and government.
We are also appreciative for the support Academi Wales have provided to the programme which includes inviting the cohort to the Academi Wales Summer School and workshop facilitations.
The Future Generations Leadership Academy Advisory Board includes representation of each of our partners and others who can provide expertise and knowledge. They include:
Advisory Board Chair and Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
Citizens Cymru Wales and Cardiff University Community Gateway
Head of Policy, Public Health Wales
Public Health Wales
Head of Strategic Planning, University of South Wales
Artistic and Creative Director, Wales Millennium Centre
Head of Strategy, Scouts Cymru
Programme Development Director, Costain
Environmental Consulting, Celsa Steel
Staff Officer, South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner
Board Representative, Arup
Leadership and OD Coordinator, Academi Wales
Rhodri Talfan Davies
Director, BBC Cymru Wales
Natural Resources Wales
Head of People Services, National Assembly for Wales
Discipline Lead – Environmental Consulting, Costain
Transport for Wales