Celebrating leaders with impact: WIG 2020 Awards

Leadership Awards

On 31 March 2020 WIG would have held its Annual Reception & Awards Ceremony at London's Guildhall, as we have been doing for the last few years. In normal circumstances, this would have been an evening of celebration, insightful conversations and reconnecting with friends and colleagues, and would have gathered distinguished guests from amongst our membership and beyond.

However, these are far from normal circumstances, and in such unprecedented times, we have to be resilient and adapt. These are exactly the sort of qualities we celebrate in great leaders, and some of the behaviours exemplified by our WIG Leadership Impact Award winners and finalists. 

While we were not able to celebrate them in person, we have announced the Award winners online. We had three worthy winners this year: 

  • Jennifer Holmes, Chief Commercial Officer, London Internet Exchange
    WIG Leadership Impact Award Winner
  • David Bowman, Regulatory Analyst, National Grid Electricity System Operator
    WIG Emerging Leader Award Winner (joint)
  • Mumdood Passa, Policy Advisor, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
    WIG Emerging Leader Award Winner (joint)

Jennifer was an alumna of WIG's Step Up, Step Across leadership programme, David graduated from the Future Leaders programme, and Mumdood completed a Charity Next secondment through WIG, being paired up with the charity Child.org. 

To see some introductory clips about our winners, as well as their short acceptance speeches (kindly filmed by them in the safety of their own homes), please click on the links under each photo below:

Jennifer Holmes winner

Jennifer intro video | Jennifer acceptance speech

David Bowman winner 2020

David intro video | David acceptance speech

Mumdood intro video | Mumdood acceptance speech 

Many congratulations to our winners and also to our worthy finalists for the two awards! 

Here are the runners-up:

WIG Leadership Impact Award:

Karen Aubrey, Learning and Development Manager, Competition and Markets Authority

Martin Hutton, Construction Health & Safety Manager, University of Leeds

WIG Emerging Leader Award:

Mara Waters, Policy Advisor, Department for International Trade

Christoph Grafe, Senior Manager, Ofgem