The Next Generation Leaders

The Next Generation Leaders is a twelve-month mentorship programme, offering a unique opportunity for professionals to benefit from exchanges of knowledge, experience and skills across generations and sectors. This exclusive programme includes group workshops, high-level networking, and one-on-one mentoring sessions with accomplished senior industry professionals from the Swedish-British business community.

Contents of the programme

This twelve months programme connects ambitious talents with experienced international business professionals from across all fields and sectors. The mentors are all experts in their fields, and have international business experience.

The programme includes a series of four joint group workshops and seminars, facilitated by the course director, and involving both mentors and mentees. In addition, mentors and mentees meet for one-to-one mentoring sessions over the course of the year, whether it’s face to face, over Zoom or phone. The programme is open to London based mentee applicants, ideally a couple of years into their career. All members of the Chamber, including Young Professionals, enjoy the discounted price. 

The Programme will help you to

  • Accelerate your personal and professional development
  • Gain unique insight into the London business community and business culture
  • Advance towards your existing career goals and aspirations
  • Identify new areas of professional interest and/or career paths
  • Develop new business skills, knowledge and tools
  • Develop your personal brand
  • Grow your professional network

Mentors 2024 (more mentors to be confirmed)

Anneli Pinchard

Anneli Pinchard

HR Director, Saab Group Marketing and Sales

Anneli Pinchard is an experienced HR Director at Saab. When Saab was founded in 1937, Saab’s primary aim was to provide military aircraft for Sweden. Today, Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions from military defence in all domains to civil security. Anneli has a long history of providing extensive international HR and Business Support management both on a strategic and on an operational level.  Anneli has worked at a corporate level and provided support to small and medium sized businesses within the group. During her long working career at Saab she has held various positions and appointments: VP Head of HR Market Area Europe and EMEA, Chief Accountant, Company Secretary and UK Directorship. She has been based in the UK for the majority of her working career. Anneli has a wide experience of change management and organisational restructuring activities and has a strong business acumen. In addition to Saab, Anneli worked for 8 years at a UK based professional services firm, Goodwille, as a Senior Advisor. Her responsibilities included:  international assignments, business development, business management and operations.

Outside of work Anneli acts as a representative in London for Svenskar i Världen/Swedes Worldwide which is a non-profit and politically independent organisation that has existed since 1938. The organisation is working to increase and keep international experience and competence for Swedes Worldwide.

David Cox

David Cox

Leadership Advisor & Executive Search Consultant, No Black Book Limited

David is the founding Director of No Black book Limited focusing on the industrial and net-zero emissions communities within the UK and Internationally. As a result of his leadership background and business experience, David has worked on a considerable number of assignments and: Helped find and select their next CEO’s, CFO’s, Group Commercial Director, COO, Manufacturing Directors, Financial Directors, CFO’s, as well as Non-Executive Director’s(NED’s) and other strategically important roles. Supported clients by helping them understand what capabilities their leadership team has, identify what is missing and how to best address the gaps to improve the performance of the business.

Darren Wilson

Darren Wilson

Chief Executive Officer, LKAB Minerals

Darren Wilson is the Chief Executive Officer of LKAB Minerals which is part of the Swedish State owned iron ore mining company LKAB. The key objective for the Minerals division is to maximise value and sustainable resource efficiency from LKAB mining by-products through multiple routes to market. In addition, LKAB Minerals processes minerals internationally specialising in using mining and processing by-products into construction, agriculture and specialist value-adding industries. With operations across Europe and sales offices from Chicago to Shanghai, LKAB Minerals operates in 12 countries.

Darren joined LKAB in 2013 as the UK Managing Director having previously worked in various roles for the French Construction Materials company Saint-Gobain. In his time at LKAB, he has taken a leading role in both significantly growing the business as well changing the product focus towards sustainable material by-products. Outside of LKAB he is the Chair of the CBIs East Midlands Regional Council.

Lisa Christie

Lisa Christie

Interim Country Manager UK, Vattenfall

Lisa has been Vattenfall’s UK Director of Public & Regulatory Affairs since April 2018, and was appointed Interim Country Manager in April 2023.  Her previous experience includes running the Public Affairs team at Centrica plc, working for public affairs consultancy Politics International, and a number of roles in Westminster working for the Liberal Democrat Party.

She is a corporate affairs expert with significant experience advising Board members and implementing integrated strategic corporate communications strategies.

Lisa is a graduate of the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne where she gained an undergraduate degree in Politics, and an MA in International Political Economy.

Programme Director

Elisabet Vinberg Hearn

Elisabet Vinberg Hearn

CEO, Katapult Partners & Director, Think Solutions

Elisabet is a leadership strategist and business owner with extensive experience in how to build winning cultures and teams, facilitating change success with client organisations all around the world.  She has co-written three multi-award-winning leadership books. Her third book, Amazon bestselling “The Leader’s Guide to Impact” was released by Financial Times in April 2019. Elisabet is a leading voice on future leadership, leading transformation, cultural differences in an international world, and inclusive and innovative business cultures. She actively operates as a consultant, speaker and executive coach, having provided strategic leadership and tactical solutions to clients around the world, including American Express, H&M, Skanska, Greenpeace, SOS Children’s Villages and ABN-AMRO.


The Next Generation Leaders Mentorship Programme 2024 is now open for applications. Please apply before 12 January 2024. The programme will start in February 2024 and finishes in November 2024. 

Participation fees

Young Professional or SCC member: £595 + VAT

Non-members: £1190 + VAT

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