Future Leaders Network

Develop. Lead. Change.



Louis Bickler

Louis is on the UK Civil Service Fast Stream programme and currently works at the Department for International Trade as a Trade Policy Advisor on Investment and Investment Protection. Prior to this, he worked in corporate governance at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and managed a private office for BEIS’s Non-Executive Directors.

Louis major interests are in government and policymaking, particularly on the impact of technology on civic society and the state. He previously worked for public sector market research units, focusing on health and social care, procurement and long-term government transformation.

Louis has an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Cambridge (2014) and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics (2017). His masters’ thesis, currently awaiting publication, explores the relationship between the state and civic society in the political thinking of the inter-war period.

Outside of work, he has toured and recorded with a number of choirs, bands and opera companies. Highlights include recordings of Strauss, Brahms and Villa-Lobos, and performances on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and international media, at UK and European music festivals. Louis is a keen sailor and completed a transatlantic crossing in 2015, part of a six-month stint as first mate on a sailing yacht.

Sara currently works for the Ministry of Defence on the Civil Service Fast Stream. Prior to joining the public sector, Sara completed the JPMorgan Investment Banking Graduate Scheme. She is a graduate of the University of Birmingham with a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in International Development, Governance and State-Building. Sara has had the opportunity to represent the United Kingdom in international forums, undertaking an internship with the United Nations in New York in 2017. Sara is passionate about international cooperation, youth inclusion, working for vulnerable populations, and sustainable development for all.


Sara Mills


Mamataj Begum

Mamataj is a graduate of History and the Three Faiths Forum's (3FF) Parliamentors leadership programme from Queen Mary, UoL. Mamataj currently works in the Civil Service, having started with policy around biodiversity in the UK's Overseas Territories and climate change, where she  negotiated for the UK's agricultural commitments at the UN Framework on Climate Change Conference, she is now working on legislation on Britain's exit from the European Union. Alongside this Mamataj continues to be involved with the 3FF as member of the Alumni Committee, who organise the annual Interfaith Summit and Interfaith Iftar.  

Mamataj is interested in global affairs and public policy as catalysts for progress in climate change, gender equality and social mobility

Tom is 25 years old and a recent graduate from the London School of Economics in Development Studies. He is currently a Director of the grassroots international development charity Education Partnerships Africa, which strategically invests in secondary schools in Kenya and Uganda. At the heart of its mission is the goal of broadening the opportunities available to young people, through high-quality and inclusive education. Tom has also spent the last year in the office of a Labour MP, working primarily on issues surrounding gender inequality. 


Tom Pollard