Young Leaders

The mission of the Young Leaders Group is to provide a unique forum for the industry leaders of tomorrow to engage with the leaders of today, and to connect local expertise with global knowledge across the entire spectrum of real estate disciplines.

Young Leaders

ULI’s Young Leaders programme is open to all real estate professionals under the age of 35 and provides professionals in the early stages of their career with a unique forum to network with their peers, gain exposure to senior industry professionals and continue their professional education and development.

ULI has approximately over 350 actively engaged Young Leaders based in the UK, who regularly participate in a broad range of events from lunch-and-learn meetings and networking receptions to cross-border study tours and an annual summer school.  ULI UK Young Leaders also benefit from a mentorship programme that matches young real estate professionals with industry veterans for a 12-month period.

Programme Benefits

ULI Young Leader membership provides access to an esteemed group of future and current industry leaders.  When you join ULI, you receive access to its many resources, publications, and opportunities, including:

• Access to exclusive ULI local and global events and a global network of real estate professionals

• Access to the Institute’s resources and publications

• Subscription to Urban Land Magazine

• Annual Emerging Trends Europe publication

• Special membership prices at the Institute’s online bookstore

• Reduced fees on upcoming industry-leading conferences and events

• Guaranteed invitation to the Young Leader Summer School

• Networking opportunities at the global, regional, and local levels

• ULI’s online member directory

• National Council membership

• Support from ULI’s expert staff

Membership for young leaders costs from as little as £115 per year and offers discounted prices to all of ULI’s events including the Annual Conference in Paris and the CPD-accredited summer school programme.

Join ULI today

Join ULI UK Young Leaders LinkedIn Group here.



Hala El Akl

PLP Architecture

YLG Co-Chair

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Charles Royle 


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ULI UK Placemaking Masterclass 

Placemaking can be traced back to the 1960 when urban pioneers such as Jane Jacobs and William H Whyte discussed the idea of cities for people, in opposition to cities for cars, as the current Mayor of New York City Robert Moses had been planning. As the term indicates, placemaking is about making places, hence it relates both to the process and outcome. What better person to invite to talk about placemaking than Ed Watson, Executive Director for the West End Partnership. With over 20 years of experience in shaping … Read More

Lunch & Learn with Jon Zehner, LaSalle Investment Management

Surrounded by platters of sandwiches, fresh fruit, and cheese, the Young Leaders spent a Wednesday lunchtime with Jon Zehner, Global Co-Head of Client Capital Group at LaSalle Investment Management, to learn more about his life, career and contribution to the ULI. The proud father of a British Army Captain, and undoubtedly European in all but accent, Jon is not your average American. Having spent 28 years at JP Morgan, working across three continents, with a subsequent spell at AREA, Jon joined LaSalle in 2012. He is responsible for capital raising … Read More

A workspace or a social experience? A tour of Sky Central

Author: Rob Enright, Blackstock PR Last month a small group of ULI members had the privilege to tour the tallest commercial timber structure in the UK. Neil Usher, Director of Workplace at Sky, Wayne McKiernan, of PLP Architecture, and Arup’s Carolina Bartram guided the group through a structure that really is a social experience. The building is a modern, people-centric workplace. The tour took us through a 37,700m2 building that has been designed to encourage flexibility, openness, ease of access and communication. Along the way we journeyed through 18 ‘neighbourhoods’ … Read More

Global Palestine – Connected Gaza

“This is about how a region has developed, how it could evolve, and if there are any lessons that we can apply in other parts of the world – regardless of where they are and what they are doing,” began AECOM Vice President, Christopher Choa. It is with this excitement that he outlines his plans for what seems an impossible project, in which the discourse of disenfranchisement and humanitarian crisis is set aside to showcase Gaza’s extraordinary potential: talented youth, a 40-km waterfront conducive to walking streets and tramways, a … Read More

Lunch & Learn with Todd Lundgren at CallisonRTKL

In the latest of the Lunch and Learn series the ULI Young Leaders sat down with Todd Lundgren to hear about his career and CallisonRTKL’s participation in the ULI. Todd is the Executive Director and Regional Practice Leader for the UK and Europe at CallisonRTKL. He wanted to be an architect since the age of 15 and said that his family heritage may have played a part. His great grandfather was an architect in New York City and Todd still has some of his original hand drawings. Todd’s architecture degree … Read More

Lunch & Learn with Roger Madelin, British Land

On a particularly cold day and in the wake of the US Presidential Elections the day before, there were certainly a lot of heated discussions between the Young Leaders gathered at the Printworks in Canada Water. However, British Land’s Roger Madelin – with his wealth of experience and personal charisma – successfully managed to direct the attention of the YLs back to the present. From his aspirations to become an RAF pilot to being one of the most renowned developers in the country, Roger has always been fascinated by the … Read More

ULI UK 2017 Mentorship Programme

The ULI UK Mentorship Programme provides Young Leader members with a valuable opportunity to connect with senior industry leaders, to discuss matters related to real estate and professional development in a confidential and intimate setting. It is also a unique opportunity for mentors to give back and contribute to the future of our industry. This year we have introduced group mentoring to allow more mentees to join the programme and to facilitate networking and knowledge sharing amongst peers. Each group will comprise 4-6 mentees per mentor and an appropriate mix … Read More

2017 Mentorship Programme

Applications for the 2017 ULI UK Mentorship Programme are now closed. ULI UK Mentorship Programme is a group mentoring programme that provides Young Leader (YL) members with a unique opportunity to discuss relevant issues related to real estate and professional development with their peers and an established member of ULI in a confidential and intimate setting. Each group consists of 5-7 YL members under the age of 35.  Members are from diverse professional backgrounds with an appropriate mix of companies within each group. The mentor is a senior level executive … Read More

Realities of Renting Round 2. -The ULI UK Young Leaders explore Build to Rent

The ULI UK Young Leaders and expert speakers were back together to explore key issues in Build to Rent due to popular demand. With a panel of experts crossing the entire lifecycle of Build to Rent development, the whistle stop run though of issues facing the sector provided some interesting insight on opportunities to overcome them despite the early start to the day. With Adam Challis Head of Residential Research, JLL providing an outline to the sector and the appeal to investors and policy makers, the group were taken through … Read More

Battersea Power Station- Infrastructure Unlocking Regeneration

Wonderful blue skies greeted guests at the ULI Battersea Power Station Site tour on Thursday 3rd November. The gargantuan, grade II* listed power station was in clear view, and the cold Autumnal air contrasted with the hive of activity going on around the site. The day started with a presentation by Ian Dodds from Skanska, who shared the impressive numbers behind the regeneration of Battersea Power Station. With seven schemes due to be completed by 2025, the size of the project matches the development itself. Around $8-9 billion will be … Read More