Future Focus Group

Future Focus Group Program – Melbourne’s own emerging civic leaders program. A unique opportunity for selected emerging leaders in Melbourne to better understand, connect within and contribute to Melbourne while building their leadership capabilities.

Committee for Melbourne continues its commitment to the development of emerging leaders into skilled, committed and connected civic leaders who have an enduring positive impact on Melbourne through the Future Focus Group (FFG).  The Program runs over 15 months, is a transformational experience for the emerging leaders who participate, with over 400 graduates to date.

Now in its third decade, FFG features an induction event, group projects in diverse teams, 15 evening workshops and active one-on-one mentoring.  FFG also provides opportunities to build enduring relationships with other participants and alumni.

FFG is open to member organisations of the Committee, as well as to Victorian Government Departments.

Participants in the Class of 2019-2020 – the last in a 21 month format – commenced in February 2019, are in three project teams and will graduate in November. The Class of 2020-2021 commenced in February 2020 – those participants are also in three project teams and they will graduate in June 2021.

Nominations for the 2021-2022 Program are now being sought, with a start of the Program in February 2021. The Program will be delivered in accordance with prevailing social distancing protocols in Melbourne.

Please contact Future Focus Group General Manager, Matt Gaffney for further information or on how to apply.


What does a typical FFG participant look like?

The typical attributes of a candidate for the Future Focus Group are:

  • 8 to 12 years’ work experience, combined with some management experience
  • An appetite for some independence, initiative and ambiguity during the Program
  • Able to commit to the Program for its duration, including attendance at the Induction event, at 12 or more of the 15 monthly workshops and at Project Team meetings and other interactions
  • A strong interest in making Melbourne a better place
  • Recognised by leaders of the organisation as a likely future leader of that organisation
  • A keen desire to develop leadership skills through a practical learning model in a challenging and diverse team environment

Contact us for further information or on how to apply

A transformational experience

From big business through to universities and genuine not-for-profits, FFG attracts participants from every sector of the Committee’s membership base. This broad exposure enables participants to develop connections and work with colleagues outside their usual circles, creating a network of professional relationships and friendships that can last a lifetime.

A critical – and unique – component of FFG is the group projects which run for over 12 months.  Some of the successful FFG projects to date include Open House MelbourneThe Melbourne Prize and the Free Tram Zone.

The Committee will develop 10 to 12 potential FFG group projects where the purpose of each of those projects is to contribute to Melbourne’s Road to Recovery in one or more of the Committee’s 4 Focus Areas, namely

  • Future Economy
  • Liveability
  • Urban Optimisation
  • Infrastructure & Sustainability.

These 10 to 12 potential FFG group projects will be showcased to the FFG participants at their induction event, with each project team to consider those potential projects and shortlist three of them before the end of the induction event for further exploration.

A participant’s Project Team experience is complemented by:

  • An initial wide-ranging induction event with a significant focus on potential group projects for each newly-formed Project Team
    15 monthly workshops, which will be a mix of in-person and virtual and have guest speakers, subject matter specialists and Panel members dealing with the following themes

    • Stakeholder engagement skills
    • Political awareness skills
    • Scenario planning skills
    • How decisions are made in Melbourne (including the role of advocacy, the Federal Government, Victorian Government and Local Governments)
    • What I’ve experienced and learned as a leader (with a Panel session framed by a particular leadership focus)
    • “Melbourne unearthed” (including access to iconic Melbourne buildings and venues)
  • A one-on-one mentoring relationship with a Melburnian with leadership responsibilities outside the participant’s organisation
  • Opportunities to build enduring relationships with other FFG participants and, in time, with members of the FFG Alumni Network

FFG Alumni Network

Future Focus Group Alumni Network of informed leadership inspires graduates to continue making a contribution to our city.

Alumni benefits

  • Invitations to exclusive alumni events and special offers
  • Opportunities to continue making a positive, tangible contribution to Melbourne through ongoing involvement with Future Focus Group, the Committee and members
  • Opportunities to mentor other

Alumni members

Our Future Focus Group alumni graduates include chairs, chief executive officers, executive directors, chief financial officers, general counsels and many other high calibre professionals. Their influence on, and passion for, Melbourne provide a conduit for positive, ongoing development and connectivity of our city.

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