Why did we start Future Directors?
Who is behind it?

Future Directors Institute is committed to accelerating diversity and inclusion to improve social impact, economic resilience and environmental sustainability. We work with individuals, boards and communities to help ensure the best possible outcomes.

It’s all about making more informed decisions by having the right people sitting at the right tables.

Our mission is to empower, develop and support an international community of next generation directors, boards and organisations steering meaningful change inside and outside the boardroom.

How are we doing this?

  • We help transform the next generation of leaders into boardroom influencers by delivering unique and practical learning experiences and extraordinary outcomes.

  • We continue to grow an internationally connected community of Future Directors, expanding their impact whilst providing ongoing support, development and connection.

  • We are expanding the diversity (and inclusion) debate, helping to shift mindsets and ultimately Shape the Future via the boardroom.

  • This quote....."Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results".


Our Team

Paul Smith
Founder and CEO

Pru Gell
Chief Educator

Leesa Charlotee
Director, North America

Bernadette De Sousa
Community Manager

Ben Frederiksen
Alumni Advisory

Gaya Raghavan Byrne
Alumni Advisory

Jeff Kerr-Bell
Alumni Advisory