The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales is pleased to announce the names of the first cohort of young people to participate in the Future Generations Leadership Academy.

The Future Generations Leadership Academy will be delivered in partnership with Uprising Cymru and Simply Do and is a ten-month pilot programme with the Well-being of Future Generations Act at its heart. 14 organisations across Wales including Arup, Wales Millennium Centre, National Assembly for Wales, Public Health Wales and Celsa Steel have come together to support this programme.  

Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales said: 

“This new pilot programme offers our talented leaders of tomorrow an opportunity to be part of building a movement of change, to create a Wales that brings to life the vision and ambition of the Act. 

“Thinking long-term and creating policies that address the needs of future generations is core to developing the leadership skills within our public services in Wales. Across the world, we are seeing young people mobilise and act on issues such as climate change and it is important that our young leaders have a seat at the table so they can hold our current leaders to account. 

“I want this Academy to provide the focus and opportunity for existing and future leaders to collaborate and develop policies that are equitable and sustainable. This is an exciting and necessary part of my role in helping to drive the required cultural change so that our public services are truly supporting and leading a better Wales.”   

Key features of the programme include: 

  • Reverse Mentoring for current leaders to learn and upskill from future leaders 
  • Workshops such as Future Trends and Influencing Others 
  • Leadership Summer School 
  • Internship opportunity with a public body in Wales 


Dan Tram, Arup Group

Chloe Winstone, Principality Building Society

Emily-Rose Jenkins, Transport for Wales

Bethany Roberts, Public Health Wales

Hayley Rees, National Assembly for Wales

Molly Palmer, Wales Millennium Centre

Mishan Wickremasinghe, University of South Wales

Chris Roscoe, Natural Resources Wales

Rebecca Brown, office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Anna Bailey, BBC Cymru Wales

Helen Atkinson, Scouts Cymru

Gabriella Niza, Celsa Steel UK

Alexandra Fitzgerald,  South Wales Police & Crime Commissioner

Joshua Beynon

Kirsty James, RNIB Cymru

Gwenfair Hughes, Arts Council for Wales

Elenid Haf Roberts, NorthWales Fire and Rescue Authority

Ashley Bale

Emma Hattersley, Cardiff University

Jonathan Grimes, Costain

Kimberley Mamhende


“I wish the Future Generations Leadership Academy’s first band of apprentices the best of luck as they embark on an invaluable programme of seminars and experiences. The National Assembly for Wales is proud to support this initiative, as part of our backing for skills development in Wales and commitment to staff development in order to support a Parliament which is fit for the future. By applying the principles of the Well-being of Future Generations Act, these future leaders will be fully equipped to tackle the challenges which lie ahead, and will inspire colleagues and others around them to do the same.”
Manon Antoniazzi, Chief Executive of the National Assembly for Wales | Manon Antoniazzi, Chief Executive of the National Assembly for Wales
Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Wales, Professor Julie Lydon, said: “The aim of the Future Generations Leadership Academy clearly resonates with the work of the University of South Wales, to support partners and stakeholders in the development of their future leaders, decision-makers and influencers. We work with students and employers to enhance the knowledge and skills required for effective leadership and management in the complex environments faced by organisations.

“Alongside the first cohort, which includes our own Students’ Union President Mish Wickremasinghe, we look forward to working with the Commissioner’s Office and our fellow member organisations to establish solid foundations for the leadership academy and help to contribute to the prosperous future of Wales and beyond.”
Professor Julie Lydon, Vice-Chancellor, University of South Wales | Professor Julie Lydon, Vice-Chancellor, University of South Wales