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 nearly 400 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

Leadership: Alex Jezeph, JLL and Chris Roche, The Collective


Join ULI UK Young Leaders LinkedIn Group here.


ULI UK Construction Masterclass with Peter Rogers and Tom Bradley

The ULI UK Construction Masterclass on 28th March, started with an introduction from Peter Rogers on his career beginnings. Since he was very young, Peter has been fascinated by how to assemble things: “I knew I wanted to build but I wasn’t sure what.” Peter went on to tell us about his first meeting with Sir Stuart Lipton. It was in the late 1970s, whilst he was the contractor and Lipton the developer of the commercial Cutlers Gardens scheme in the City. This was the beginning of the well-known long-time … Read More

2018 Mentorship Programme

Applications for the 2018 ULI UK Mentorship Programme are now closed.   If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, please contact Events & Network Manager, Agnes Gomori. 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 3-4  YL members under the age of 35.  Members are from diverse professional backgrounds with an appropriate mix … Read More

Lunch & Learn with Nick Cuff

Kindly hosted by JLL, the November 2017 Lunch and Learn provided the UK Young Leaders a chance to sit down with Nick Cuff, Land Director at Pocket Living. Nick started his presentation by giving some insight into his career path before giving a presentation on his current employer, Pocket Living, an innovative property developer, who build affordable housing for Londoners. Reflecting on his career, Nick identified strategies which have lead him to his position as Land Director at Pocket Living. Rather than rushing up the career ladder, Nick has taken … Read More

Lunch & Learn with Nick Cuff, Pocket Living

For a number of ULI UK Young Leaders, budget day had a treat in store…but not from the Chancellor. The day was the opportunity to share lunch with/ learn from Nick Cuff, Land Director at Pocket Living, the developer of affordable housing in London. Over lunch, kindly hosted by Alexandra Jezeph at JLL’s Warwick Street home, Nick (one of Property Week’s “Forty Under 40”) shared his career wisdom, as well as how Pocket is disrupting the residential market. Nick shared a number of invaluable thoughts on career progression. Three broad … Read More

Lunch & Learn with Rory Joyce, Principal of Brunel Planning

Rory Joyce, Principal of Brunel Planning, led a lunch and learn session for ULI Young Leaders on 24 October 2017.  Rory took us through some of the big and interesting projects he has worked on, from the Mall at Cribbs Causeway, to the refurbishment of Parliament, work for the Airports Commission, Poundbury, Coryton Oil Refinery and Northumberland National Park, and his role as Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Environment Select Committee. The discussion considered modular construction, and the perception of it in the UK as post war prefabricated … Read More

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