London Leadership Exchange with Common Purpose

Sunday, November 5, 2017Thursday, November 9, 2017
London, UK

Inspired by the Class of 2016, and as part of our growing relationship with international leadership organization Common Purpose, we are thrilled to announce our first ever international Leadership Exchange in London! 

The aim of this trip is to expand global perspectives and fuel intellectual curiosity for our Fellows and friends, while creating new memories and connections to the world and to each other. This will be an opportunity to gain insights into the challenges faced by our counterparts in organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in London. 

Participants will experience three full days of programming — including a meeting with City Hall, a visit to Olympic Park to learn about economic development impact, discussions with experts on healthcare, housing, crime, policing, public safety, transportation and infrastructure, and dinner and conversation with Common Purpose alumni. For more information, to view the tentative agenda and to register, see below. 

The cost is $2,100 for a shared room or $2,500 for a single room. Once you arrive at the hotel in London, this all inclusive experience includes: hotel accommodations for four nights (Sunday-Wednesday) at the Premier Inn, London St Pancras, three days of programming, all meals Monday-Wednesday, and travel costs around London during the program. The cost is $2,100 for a shared room, or $2,500 for a single room (airfare and transportation to and from the airport are on your own).

To secure your spot, a $500 non-refundable deposit is due by Friday, September 15. Your deposit will be applied toward your selected room rate. The balance will be due no later than October 15. Payments can be made to LGC via check, credit card, or wireless transfer. 

To make your non-refundable DEPOSIT payment online now, click here.

To register for in full at the SHARED room rate ($2,100), click here.
If you have a specific roommate you would like to request, please contact Program Manager Alisha Yadav at

To register in full at the SINGLE room rate ($2,500), click here.

Guests are welcome
Bring a guest! We welcome friends, family, children ages 15 and older, colleagues, and anyone interested in educational travel. Their participation in the program will be at the same rates stated above, including the deposit requirement. If your guest(s) stays with you but does not participate in the program, you will be required to pay the single room price ($2,500). Please note that meals, transportation, and other expenses will not be provided for your guest(s).

LGW is joining us
As part of our ongoing relationship with Leadership Greater Washington, we have extended the invitation for their members and staff to join us in London. We look forward to their participation.

TENTATIVE AGENDA (Subject to change)

Day 1 - Monday, November 6

 9:00 a.m.

Arrival and welcome

Greater London Authority, City Hall

 9:15 a.m.

Welcome to City Hall and Setting the Context

  • Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport
  • Alison Coburn, Chief Executive, Common Purpose International

 9:45 a.m.

Current perceptions and group expectations

The group share their existing knowledge and perceptions of London and what they hope to take from   the three days.

10:30 a.m.

London: A global city

High level overview of key issues for London

  • Professor Tony Travers, Director of LSE London, London School of Economics

11:30 a.m. 

London: Where cultures collide

The importance of Cultural Intelligence in a global city, the ability of leaders to cross divides – of   generation, sector, faith, gender and – and to thrive in these multiple cultures

  • Julia Middleton, Founder and Group CEO, Common Purpose Charitable Trust

12:30 p.m.

Lunch and visit preparation

 1:30 p.m.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Economic Regeneration and Development – An overview of the legacy of the London Olympics

  • Neale Coleman, Deputy Chair, London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Visits across the Olympic Park
    • Sir Ludwig Goodman (SLG) Health and Wellbeing Centre –  An integrated health and wellbeing centre on the site of the Olympic Park.
    • Here East – A new digital quarter for east London, the former Press and Broadcast Centres for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
    • East Village Development – a large scale mixed-use urban regeneration project on the Olympic Park.

 4:30 p.m.

Debrief and reflection

 6:00 p.m.

Dinner at Tramshed

A restaurant within a former East End tram-generator building

Day 2 - Tuesday, November 7

 8:30 a.m.

Welcome to Day 2

 9:00 a.m.

Understanding London -- Conversations on the challenges and opportunities

  • Craig Mackey, Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police
  • Mike Brown, Commissioner, Transport for London
  • Dr Helen Walters, Head of Health, Greater London Authority
  • Charlie Parker, Chief Executive, Westminster City Council
  • David Orr, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation

10:30 a.m.

Visits – Perspectives on Healthcare

  • Bromley-by-Bow Centre – an innovative social enterprise providing health and wellbeing and other services tailored to the needs of the local community and delivered in partnership
  • South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust – provides mental health and substance misuse services to people from South London
  • Imperial College Health Partners – bringing together groups that commission local services, National Health Service (NHS) providers and leading universities to support North West London health system through collaboration and innovation.
  • Unite the Union – leading trade union in the health sector with 100,000 members in the NHS (Europe’s largest employer), and part of the ‘Save our NHS’ campaign.

12:00 p.m.

Lunch and visit debrief

 2:30 p.m.

Visits – Perspectives on Housing

  • Pocket Living - a property development company working smarter to deliver affordable housing in London
  • Pembury Housing Estate – most know for the Hackney riots, Pembury was once plagued by crime, ranging from gun activity and drugs to robberies
  • Providence Row – tackles the root causes of homelessness to help people get off, and stay off, the streets
  • Elephant & Castle regeneration project – a £1.5b partnership between local government (Southwark) and developer (Lend Lease) to build a new neighborhood and nearly 3,000 new homes

  5:50 p.m.

Debrief and reflection

 6:30 p.m.

Dinner at Dishoom with Common Purpose Alumni

Dishoom pays homage to the Irani cafés that were once part of the fabric of life in Bombay.

  • Shamil Thakrar, Co-founder, Dishoom
  • Dal Babu, former Borough Commander, Metropolitan Police
  • Vaughan Jones, former Chief Executive, Praxis
  • Kate Slemeck, Chief Operating Officer, Royal Free Hamstead NHS Trust

Day 3 - Wednesday, November 8

 9:00 a.m.

Welcome to Day 3

 9:30 a.m.

Visits – Perspectives on Policing, Crime and Public Safety

  • Harringey Police – explore issues of public order with the Borough Commander in a diverse north London borough where riots took place in 2011.
  • Lewisham Police Safer Neighborhoods Team – meet officers building working relationships and working in partnership at community level to tackle violence and crime.
  • XLP – a charity at the cutting edge of urban youth work, creating positive futures for young people at risk of gangs, growing up on deprived inner city estates.
  • Metropolitan Police – meet senior officers leading on counter-terrorism in the capital city.

12:15 p.m.

Lunch and debrief

 1:30 p.m.

Visits – Perspectives on Transport and Infrastructure

  • Cross Rail – the new high frequency, high capacity railway for London and the South East.
  • TfL’s Surface Transport and Traffic Operations Centre (STTOC) – works to monitor, control and police the capital's surface transport networks. The centre is also world-leading in its use of traffic modelling.
  • Port of London Authority – using London’s rivers and waterways to transform future transport and mobility around the city.
  • GATEway project – Greenwich Automated Transport Environment research project aiming to understand and overcome the technical, legal and societal challenges of implementing automated vehicles in an urban environment.

 4:00 p.m.

Programme debrief & final reflection

 5:00 p.m.


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