Press Release: Announcement of two new appointments

20 July 2011

The Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG) announces two key appointments to the team.


WIG delivers an extensive portfolio of events designed to encourage learning across the sectors through the sharing of experience and best practice. These include high-level briefings, practical workshops, consultation events and master classes. JOHANNA CZAKO has been appointed to lead the programme as WIG s new Head of Events. Johanna joins from the Institution of Engineering and Technology where she led and managed their extensive events programme. She has more than a decade s experience of event organisation within both the private and public sectors.

Johanna commented: I am passionate about events and am keen to deliver increased value to WIG's members through a stimulating events portfolio that closely reflects member interests and needs.


REBECCA LYNG has been appointed Project Director of Charity Next, established to improve understanding between those who work in the voluntary sector and civil servants through cross sector secondments. Originally created as part of HRH Prince of Wales Charities Foundation, Charity Next is now operated in partnership with WIG. Rebecca will focus on sourcing secondment opportunities for fast track civil servants who can greatly benefit charities and other voluntary sector organisations whilst developing their own skills and experience. Rebecca was previously responsible for the co-ordination and administration of WIG s highly esteemed Leadership Programmes.

Mark Gibson, Chief Executive of the Whitehall and Industry Group commented: Learning is at the centre of all of WIG s activities and our events programme and Charity Next are both important vehicles to deliver really rich, high impact opportunities to do so. I am delighted that we have been able to attract such high calibre candidates to fulfil these important roles. I am sure that both Johanna and Rebecca will contribute significantly to the unique benefits WIG brings in building understanding between the sectors, with all the benefit that brings to wider society.

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