WIG welcomes new members

WIG welcomes new members!

We are pleased to welcome AWE, Virgin Care and Womble Bond Dickinson to WIG membership and look forward to seeing them at our upcoming events.


AWE plays a crucial role in national defence. They have been at the forefront of the UK nuclear deterrence programme for more than 60 years. Supporting the UK’s Continuous At Sea Deterrence programme and national nuclear security are at the heart of what they do. Not only do they play a crucial role in national defence, they are a centre of scientific and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world.

International collaborations are also vital to their programme of work, and scientific and technical exchange is crucial to global defence. They work with a range of national and international partners supporting international arms and control treaties, such as the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

AWE operates from Berkshire and employs around 4,500 staff with a similar number of contractors working across each of their locations. You can find out more about AWE and the work that they do here.

Virgin Care

Many years ago the government began asking a range of organisations to help provide NHS health and care services to patients as a way to improve quality, reduce waiting times and bring more innovation into the health services. Virgin Care have been providing services to patients, on behalf of the NHS and local authorities since 2006. Since being established, they have treated more than six million people.

Virgin Care provides and oversees a wide range of health and social care services across the country, spanning from GP surgeries to children’s community services. While most of their services are publicly funded, they also provide Virgin Care Private Health and Wellbeing Clinics.

The team based at The Anchor Centre, which is a Virgin Care led GP surgery based in Coventry, recently won the Strive for Better award for its work which received Virgin Care’s first ‘outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In August 2017, CQC said that Virgin Care can demonstrate it improves patient care in the community services it runs. They also received ‘good’ in their CQC overall rating.

They’ve invested in innovative technologies, using vast experience to deliver improvements and innovations to community and primary care services across the country. They were the first to invest in a secure, truly mobile technology which freed nurses from office bases and gave them a third more time to spend with their patients.

Womble Bond Dickinson

Womble Bond Dickinson is a law firm with teams located across the US and the UK, and networks and relationships around the world. They bring an international perspective and extended jurisdictional reach to a wide range of client needs. They are based in 8 different cities in the UK - London, Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, Newcastle, Plymouth and Southampton.

Womble Bond Dickinson was formed in late 2017 from two law firms, Bond Dickinson and Womble Carlyle. Combined, they have more than 1,000 lawyers. By size, the company is in the top 20 firms in the UK and top 80 firms in the US as well as a global top 100 firm by annual revenue. Their client base includes more than 250 publicly traded companies. The firm also featured as a top graduate employer in the UK in this year’s Guardian UK 300 and won the Newcomer Large Employer of the Year award at the National Apprenticeship Awards.