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Leadership exchange

London First’s joint mentoring scheme – sharing expertise between police and business leaders

Leadership Exchange is a joint mentoring scheme, pairing police and business leaders together to exchange expertise on leadership and management issues. Its purpose is to strengthen links between police and business at a senior level, share corporate learning and leadership skills and bring a fresh perspective to the work practices of both parties.

Find out more about our Leadership Exchange mentoring opportunities and our Leadership Lecture series.

What they say about Leadership Exchange:

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

For the past 10 years the Metropolitan Police has worked in partnership with London First to strengthen the relationship between the police and business communities in London. The innovative Leadership Exchange Programme brings senior police leaders together with senior business figures in London to promote partnership working and share expertise and experience that will help make London the safest major city in the world. To date, over 400 business and police leaders have been paired up. There is clear benefit for both police and business leaders in taking part in this programme.

Andrew Trotter, former Chief Constable, British Transport Police

Being part of Leadership Exchange gives me the opportunity to explore new ways of working by having someone to share ideas with and who encourages me to challenge my own thinking. The leadership issues we face, though different briefs and agendas, are common to us all and having a forum like this means that we can share expertise to help tackle the complexities involved in each others’ work and deliver real improvement to our performance.


I have taken part in Leadership Exchange now for nearly three years – even though it only technically lasts for twelve months. We have kept meeting because I think we both see the great value in having your professional challenges or big career decisions viewed from a completely objective and different perspective. We have wide-ranging, challenging and enjoyable conversations (usually over a lovely breakfast), and it is an added bonus for me to indulge my passion for American football with someone who is actually a native of the United States!

Jack Kelly, Partner, Deloitte LLP

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to participate in the Leadership Exchange programme. In addition, the opportunity to work with a senior police officer discussing the challenges each of us faces in our different daily activities has been fascinating and instructive. I would recommend anyone considering to take part to do so. It will be rewarding and enjoyable.

Cornelius Medvei, former Partner, Eversheds

I have been meeting my current counterpart, now a DCS, for about four years. Meeting about 10 times a year for 2 hours at a time, our discussions enable us to interrogate his current issues and challenges. Often the act of framing the issue, in lay terms I can relate to, points the way to the solution. It always results in a fascinating discussion and an appreciation that human nature and human problems are fundamentally the same, regardless of one’s profession. I have gained immeasurably from the experience. Indeed, I believe we both have.


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