16-17 April 2024

Sunderland Legacy

Thinking that Inspires, Voices that Resonate: Giving rise to a thriving generation of Legacy Leaders

Key information

Who's it for?

Young professionals and students aged 18-25 years


2 days






16-17 April 2024

What legacy will you leave on Sunderland? You'll discover, then live out that very answer in our Sunderland60 Programme.

As part of our Legacy campaign, Sunderland60 will equip you with networks and cultural intelligence so you can become a leader who brings positive, game-changing impact. Together with other young leaders, you'll be asked to address the important challenge: "What will the legacy of our generation be in Sunderland?"

As you tackle this question, you'll discover not only your own potential, but what that potential could realistically look like. Prepare to connect, be informed, and most importantly, be Sunderland's next big mover and shaker.

Our approach

How it works


Join forces with like-minded peers from your city / region / continent and work together to address a pressing challenge that's impacting your community.

Connect with industry and city leaders to explore the challenge through their eyes. They will give you their perspectives on how they are working to create real change.

Work together in small teams to come up with a creative way to help tackle the challenge. You will have the opportunity to test and refine your idea across the programme.

Pitch your game-changing idea to a panel of industry experts and gain valuable feedback along the way. You will learn how to improve your leadership skills and set achievable goals for your future success.



Programme outcomes

What's in it for me?

Develop your skills

Build and practice leadership skills such as problem solving, communication and working in diverse teams.

Find your voice

Voicing your ideas and opinions is an art. For some it comes naturally, while others really need to work at it. Either way it is a skill that is really important to practice.

Grow your networks

Connect with established leaders and organizations who are working together to tackle complex problems.

Connect with peers

Work with young professionals and peers from your city. Build your connections and have lots of fun along the way!

Showcase your learning

Earn great industry relevant experience that will benefit your CV and LinkedIn profile.

Practical tools and tactics

Real take aways that you can continue to practice and apply in your everyday back at work or studying.

The experience

An experience like no other...

Sunderland Legacy is an unforgettable experience! It unlocks exclusive access to industry and local leaders - their challenges and their innovative thinking.

Most importantly, you will learn so much more about yourself; what drives you, what your strengths are and how you can use your voice to leave a Legacy.

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Jemma Nelson
Trainee Environmental Health Officer, Sunderland City Council
"Although I had some apprehensions about the event from the outset, on the whole it’s been a brilliant experience and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I have already found I am subconsciously being 'more green', I almost feel like I am now viewing things from a new set of eyes."
Cameron Patterson
Medical Engineer, CHoICE
"The speakers and leaders were brilliant to learn from and listen to. They were very insightful and surprised me with the amount of knowledge and thinking elements that I had not previously engaged in relating to different ways to lead, and different areas to consider."

Next steps

Are you ready?

Step forward and use your voice to shape the future of Sunderland.


Ready to apply?

The application process for Sunderland Legacy involves answering a question that reflects your passion for leadership and your city. The question can be answered by whichever means feels most comfortable to you, be it written, video submission, a piece of artwork, song, or photograph – however you best feel you can express your desire to take responsibility for the legacy of Sunderland.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, if you have any further questions or would just like to discuss the programme in more detail, please reach out to a member of our team in your specific location who would be delighted to help.

Get in touch

We are a global not-for-profit leadership development organization on a mission to develop people who can cross cultural, social, and institutional boundaries. We work passionately with people to help push the boundaries of what is possible, all so that they can become those who can help us to work better together, be the connectors of our unique lived experiences and lead, with a difference.

Yes! The Common Purpose Charitable Trust was established as a charity in 1989. It is registered with the Charity Commission under the Registered Charity number 1023384.

The benefits of Common Purpose leadership programmes include gaining increased:  

  • Agility in adapting to changing circumstances and environments.  

  • Empathy to what other people feel, think and need. Seeing things from their point of view.

  • Influence in leading change with limited decision-making power.  

  • Openness to new ideas, possibilities and perspectives, including views they might deeply disagree with.    

  • Purposefulness in leading with intentionality, determination, commitment and resilience.

  • Self-awareness to their behaviours and outlook, and how they interpret and respond to situations.

When it comes to learning, there is no substitute for the power of real experience and fresh perspective. Our approach uses a robust behaviour and mindset change philosophy rooted in real life leadership challenges and experiences. To turn those experiences into real learning we follow five tried and tested steps that lead to habitual change in how people think, feel and act.    

  1. Experience: Being presented with new experiences. Engaging with leaders across multiple boundaries and being immersed in new environments.   

  1. Reflection: Learning activities to gain a deeper and more personalized understanding of the learning.    

  1. Translate: Exploring how to relate new ideas and thought processes back into the learner’s role or context.

  1. Practice: Developing a set of leadership practices that can be used to turn new behaviours into habits.

  1. Assess: Embedding numerous assessments to help learners track their progress pre, during and even beyond the programme.

Experiential learning is a core component of our programmes.   

Our programmes create a carefully constructed microclimate to explore real-life leadership challenges in a safe environment, often leading to the types of purpose-driven conversations needed to achieve transformative change.  

We also focus on the importance of active learning, by getting people out of their comfort zones and into the world, seeing things, meeting people, taking part, and taking advantage of processes that stimulate multiple neural connections in the brain and promote memory.