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
    Former Director-General, Confederation of British Industry
  • Martin DonnellyMartin Donnelly CMG Permanent Secretary, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Dame Helen Ghosh
    Dame Helen Ghosh
    Director-General, National Trust
  • Sir Jeremy Heywood KCB
    Sir Jeremy Heywood KCB
    Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service
  • Sir Nicholas Macpherson KCBSir Nicholas Macpherson KCB
    Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury
  • Sir Simon McDonald, WIG PatronSir Simon McDonald KCMG KCVO
    Permanent Under-Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Officey
  • 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

WIG’s Board of Trustees

  • Nigel Whitehead
    Nigel Whitehead
    Group Managing Director - Programmes and Support, BAE SYSTEMS plc 
    (Chairman of WIG)
  • Debbie Alder, WIG Board member, HR Director General, Department for Work and Pensions Debbie Alder                Director General of Human Resources, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Catherine Brown, Chief Executive, Food Standards Agency, WIG Board Member
    Catherine Brown
    Chief Executive, Food Standards Agency
  • Bjorn Conway
    Björn Conway
    Partner, EY 
  • Howard Davies, Board
    Howard Davies
    Head of Public Affairs, Standard Life plc 
  • David Dinsdale, WIG Board member, Entrepreneur in Residence, Atos​David Dinsdale, Entrepreneur in Residence, Atos
  • Janette Durbin, Cabinet OFfice, WIG Board Member
    Janette Durbin
    Director, Civil Service Talent, Cabinet Office
  • Charles Eales, Board
    Charles Eales
    Head of Government Relations, Microsoft Limited
  • Pippa Greenslade, Bakkavor, WIG Board MemberPippa Greenslade
    Group HR Director, Bakkavor
  • Eleanor Kelly, WIG Board member, Chief Executive, Southwark Council
    Eleanor Kelly
    Chief Executive, Southwark Council 

  • Melanie Lane, Board
    Melanie Lane
    General Manager Aviation - Europe, Shell UK Ltd 

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