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 Program (FFG). The Program runs over 15 months and is a transformational experience for those who participate, with over 400 graduates to date.

Melbourne’s own emerging civic leaders’ program, FFG is a unique offering for selected emerging leaders in Melbourne to better understand, connect within and contribute to Melbourne while building their leadership capabilities.

FFG is an outstanding opportunity to make real and enduring contributions to Melbourne’s Road to Recovery by being part of the delivery of Committee-sponsored group projects. Now in its third decade, FFG also features an induction event, 15 evening workshops and active one-on-one mentoring.

FFG is open to member organisations of the Committee and to Victorian Government Departments. We now also offer the program to organisations that are not yet member organisations of the Committee.

The 18 members of the Class of 2020-2021 worked in three project teams and they completed the program in May. The 17 members of the Class of 2021-2022 began in February, are working in three project teams and they will work together until May 2022.

The 2022-2023 Program will start in February 2022 and run for 15 months.  Given the impact of the ongoing lockdown conditions in Melbourne, the deadline for completed nominations has been extended to Friday 12 November.  Interviews with nominees will be conducted within two weeks of their nomination packages being received and participants will now be confirmed in late November.

Please contact Matt Gaffney, General Manager Future Focus Group, if you would like more information.

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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Launch of the Future Focus Group 2021-2022 Program

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Future Focus Group Alumni Network events are back!

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