About London Leaders  

The purpose of the London Leaders programme is to demonstrate the power of leadership, collaboration and innovation in tackling the sustainability challenges inherent in global cities such as London. 

Each year the London Sustainable Development Commission, with the support of the Mayor of London, identifies and nurtures some of London’s most exciting and innovative new leaders in sustainable business and communities, supporting them to demonstrate sustainability in action and the contribution of green entrepreneurs to the London economy and the city’s quality of life. 

London is already one of the most sustainable major cities but this initiative, now in its sixth year, aims to help make the capital a world leader in social, environmental and economic sustainability. 
Since the programme was created 80 London Leaders have been supported, constituting a wealth of expertise and experience in sustainability leadership which the programme harnesses for the benefit of London.

How are the Leaders supported?  

During the year of their appointment each London Leader is supported in a range of ways, for example, through training and master classes, pairing with an experienced and relevant mentor, a raised profile and opportunities to network and connect with those individuals or organisations well placed to help these green entrepreneurs succeed.  

Examples of London Leaders training partners include Lloyds Bank and the Pop-Up Business School, mentors include the CEO of Café Direct, the former Head of Innovation at Virgin Atlantic, the lead on food and land use at Friends of the Earth and a Director at Thomson Reuters. 

For more information, please visit out training and mentoring page  

Can I apply to be a London Leader?  

Yes! A call for applications to selection the new 2014-15 cohort of London Leaders is open between Monday 1 September and Wednesday 24 September 2014.

To apply, please download and complete the application and equal opportunities form here

(Please note - this is not a funding opportunity) 

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Also for information, the London Leaders' Charter and Memorandum of Understanding is here

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact programme manager Jem McKenna-Percy via

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    The Commission welcomes the support of Guardian Sustainable Business and Central Working as key media and innovation partners to this year's London Leaders programme.