Our Patrons & Board

The diversity of WIG’s Patrons and Trustees represents the breadth of WIG’s offering across the sectors. Their input is invaluable as their ideas, connections and commitment to the benefits of cross-sector learning drive our activities from strength to strength.

WIG’s Patrons

  • John Cridland CBEJohn Cridland CBE
    Director-General, Confederation of British Industry
  • Martin DonnellyMartin Donnelly CMG Permanent Secretary, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Carolyn Downs CBCarolyn Downs CB
    Chief Executive, Local Government Association
  • Simon Fraser
    Simon Fraser CMG
    Permanent Under Secretary, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Sir Jeremy Heywood KCB
    Sir Jeremy Heywood KCB
    Cabinet Secretary
  • Sir Bob Kerslake
    Sir Bob Kerslake
    Permanent Secretary and Head of the Civil Service
  • Sir Nicholas Macpherson KCBSir Nicholas Macpherson KCB
    Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury
  • Sir John Parker
    Sir John Parker GBE
    Chairman, Anglo American
  • Sir Michael RakeSir Michael Rake KB Chairman, BT Group plc
  • Robert SwannellRobert Swannell
    Chairman, Marks & Spencer plc
  • Dianne Thompson CBE
    Dianne Thompson CBE
    Chief Executive, Camelot Group of Companies

WIG’s Board of Trustees

  • Nigel Whitehead
    Nigel Whitehead
    Group Managing Director - Programmes and Support, BAE SYSTEMS plc 
    (Chairman of WIG)
  • Nick Bell, Board
    Nick Bell
    Chief Executive, Staffordshire County Council
  • Bjorn Conway
    Björn Conway
    Partner, EY 
  • Howard Davies, Board
    Howard Davies
    Head of Public Affairs, Standard Life plc 
  • Charles Eales, Board
    Charles Eales
    Head of Government Relations, Microsoft Limited
  • Bronwyn Hill
    Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Melanie Lane, Board
    Melanie Lane
    General Manager Aviation - Europe, Shell UK Ltd 
  • Shirly Pointer
    Shirley Pointer
    HR Director, Department of Health 
  • Rosa Wilkinson
    Rosa Wilkinson
    Innovation Director, Intellectual Property Office

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