Appointment of new Chair Designate – Phil Thomson

We are pleased to announce that Phil Thomson, President, Global Affairs at GlaxoSmithKline, has been appointed Chair designate of WIG. He joined the Board of Trustees on 26 June 2017 and will succeed the current Chair, Nigel Whitehead CBE, Group MD, Programmes and Support, BAE Systems PLC after the AGM on 28th November 2017.  

Nigel Whitehead said:

“It has been a privilege to serve as Board Member & Chair of WIG for the past 6 years. I am proud of what we have achieved in improving understanding between the sectors and in helping the development of leaders in organisations across society.  I am delighted that someone of Phil’s calibre and passion for WIG’s purpose will succeed me.

Phil Thomson said:

“I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to Chair this highly regarded organisation at a time when there has never been greater need for better dialogue between business, government and the not-for-profit sector. WIG has a vital role to play in helping to make these connections and encouraging mutually beneficial cooperation and learning across the sectors.”

Peter Unwin, Chief Executive of WIG said:

“Everything WIG does is to meet our charitable purpose of achieving learning and understanding between the sectors. I am delighted that Phil Thomson has agreed to become the next Chair of WIG. WIG is extremely fortunate to enjoy support from the private, public and not for profit sectors at the highest level, which is vital in helping us achieve our task of building the learning between them.”


Phil brings a strong sense of personal commitment to people’s development and to working across boundaries with governments and charities at home and abroad. His biography can be found here.