Get involved Branches RCS Gibraltar Branch partners with the Futures Forward Academy The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) Gibraltar Branch is partnering with the recently launched Futures Forward Academy. An initiative of the Office of the Commissioner for Sustainable Development and Future Generations, the Academy has brought together 10 young professionals between the ages of 20-30 with proven leadership potential. As part of the partnership, one of the Academy’s Future Makers will be working directly with RCS Gibraltar. Local lawyer, Christopher Buttigieg will be mapping how sustainability principles and best practice can be built into the governance arrangements and formal objectives of the branch. The action project will involve a review of existing arrangements in other RCS branches, engaging with relevant stakeholders both locally and internationally, and producing a detailed change plan for RCS Gibraltar. Over the course of 5 months, the Academy’s Future Makers undergo an intensive programme consisting of workshops, Inspirator sessions and individual action projects. By the end of the experience, Academy members will have developed the know-how to inform and influence and will have gained a collaborative support network of equally driven change-makers. Commenting on the partnership, RCS Gibraltar Branch Chair John Verrall stated: “We see this partnership as a fantastic means of engaging with young people in our community and supporting them as they begin their leadership journeys. For our branch, this is a unique opportunity to seek some fresh perspectives that can inform how we govern ourselves.” The Academy is led by Prof Daniella Tilbury, Commissioner and RCS Regional Coordinator for Europe and supported by Tammy Randall, former Gibraltar Commonwealth youth delegate. Watch a summary and meet the Future Makers: To find out more please visit: https://www.futuregenerations.gi/news/futures-forward-academy-30 ABOUT THE AUTHOR Peter Montegriffo QC, as the founding patron of RCS Gibraltar Branch and John Verrall as Chairman are delighted to support this important initiative and positively support the youth leadership development process. For more information on the RCS Gibraltar Branch follow them on Twitter @RCSGIB The views and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Royal Commonwealth Society.