Only 13% of companies rated their organisations as having ‘excellent’ leadership programs at all levels – whether new, next generation or senior – with 87% rating their programs as ‘weak’ or ‘adequate’.
Deloitte global Human Capital Trends survey

A unique, world-class leadership programme that nurtures and supports next generation leaders to develop visionary and strategic competencies, to achieve excellence, and to act with clarity, courage, and integrity.

The next generation of leaders want to do things that matter and have a passion for making a difference. They are connected, collegial and focus on collaboration and creating shared value. Next generation leaders face new demands to be more resilient, to be culturally adaptive, to solve new and complex problems and to be inclusive, innovative and imaginative.

The Leasing Foundation Future Leaders is a programme of leadership development that identifies, nurtures and supports a network of exceptional people who are the future leaders of the industry. The programme is centred on authentic, relevant personal development and reflection.

During the programme, participants explore issues including how to connect strategy to purpose, how to identify, nurture and create excellence, how to act imaginatively and inclusively and how to focus on creating shared value. It recognises the common aspirations of emerging leaders to be models of thinking and acting, to challenge conventional wisdom and to empower others to act and to be values-based, reflective and purposeful.

Participants work together in a facilitated learning set where they can draw on each others’ experiences and insights and explore current and future leadership challenges. The programme is led from within the industry and is based on a modern self-organised learning approach that integrates with the demands of modern careers.


The Foundation’s Future Leaders programme provides an excellent opportunity to engage in a range of unique learning experiences. Gaining valuable insight from leaders in the industry and being able to network with other future leaders are the highlights of this innovative programme.
Amanda Scott, Leasing Foundation Future Leader 2014-16, RBS

Leasing Foundation Future Leaders is not a one-size-fits-all approach to leadership development. It is participation in a set of diverse experiences that enable individuals to engage in ways that best meet their interests and professional needs.

The programme provides a variety of learning opportunities – not just courses and modules, but opportunities to reflect on experiences and perspectives.

action learning

Future leaders share real problems in a small group led by a facilitator who helps develop real solutions based on challenge from, and with the support of, peers’ experiences and insights.

personal coaching

Personal development supported by experienced executive coaches that focuses on personal development agendas and whole-of-career planning.

knowledge sharing

In-depth discussions at workplaces that help participants understand business models, emerging industry challenges and the opportunities for collaboration.

the crucible

A closed door discussion with with senior leaders in the industry to explore the personal motivations, challenges and experiences of established leaders.

leadership summit

A learning-focused event exclusively for Future Leaders participants and alumni held alongside the Leasing Foundation Annual Conference.

networking dinners

Two networking dinners for our alumni community held in London where alumni can talk in a relaxed setting.

alumni community

An opportunity to build lifelong relationships with leaders of the future, and access to a network that will grow to 200 influential industry professionals by 2025.


Alumni of the Leasing Foundation Future Leaders programme are offered Fellowship of the Foundation and access to our community of experienced asset finance professionals.


The course provides invaluable insight into many of the largest leasing businesses in Europe, and the opportunity to network with fellow cohort members and some of the top professionals in the industry is what really sets the course apart. As it is run by the industry, for the industry, I have felt from the outset that the senior figures taking part in the project take an interest in those who are involved and I have made some fantastic connections which I hope to maintain over my career.
Matt Williams, Leasing Foundation Future Leader 2014-16, Close Brothers.

Alumni are the cornerstone of the Leasing Foundation Future Leaders community. The programme is managed by an Executive Committee drawn from our alumni community.



Wesleyan email


Santander Asset Finance email


Caterpillar Financial email


Caterpillar Financial email


Funding Circle email


Alfa email


Matthew Bull LHE – Mark Lees Cat Financial – Matt Phillips LDF – Laura O’Connell Wesleyan – Chloe O’Neill LHE  – Nick Damon Metro Bank – Craig Maddox Wesleyan – Rachel Lintott Aldermore – Trevor Bridgman Metro Bank


Ryan Brodley Alfa – Carl Daufer Santander Asset Finance – David Darmoulin ING – Carolyn Harding Netsol – Marco Praeschang NetApp- Christian Roelofs Grant Thornton – Martin Ward Shoosmiths – Chris Watts CAT Financial – Rachael Woods Wesleyan – Kim Hartley PEAC – Frederic Laurent Alfa – Mette Rolle Stephenson Harwood – Amanda Scott RBS – Matthew Williams Close Brothers – Mark Wilson Caterpillar Financial – Danielle Grey Lombard – Ross Rutherford FiF – Emma Tydeman Alfa – James Lovett Funding Circle – Jamie Chaplin MetroBank – Laura Capper Lombard – Mark Almond Grant Thornton – Paul Slapa Wesleyan


John Hooper Executive Coach – Peter Thomas Executive Coach – David Lees Action Learning Facilitator – Mike Randall Leasing Foundation Board


The Future Leaders programme has provided a thought-provoking platform to discuss real-world problems with some of the most impressive minds in the industry. This programme allows you build relationships with likeminded people and the diverse nature of the participants guarantees that every person can learn from other people’s experiences.
Ryan Brodley, Leasing Foundation Future Leader 2013-15, Alfa

Participants are recommended by sponsors from their organisations. They are individuals with potential to assume leadership positions and who will benefit from the self-organised learning opportunities in the programme and membership of the alumni community.

Participants are those who have significant potential to change the face of their organisation and the industry, can commit to working as part of a cohort and who will remain a supportive alumnus when the programme ends.

The fee for the programme is £3,250 for each participant. This funds the coordination and delivery of the programme by The Leasing Foundation, a non-profit organisation. The fee is payable when the programme starts.

Contact Peter Thomas, or any of the Executive Committee, to discuss participation in the programme.