Carol Tullo and Daniel Hurst announced as winners of WIG leadership impact award

On 15 February 2017, WIG held its Annual Reception, an opportunity for our members to come together and celebrate achievements, and a chance to build on the collaborative spirit which WIG stands for. Following an address from Foreign and Commonwealth Office Permanent Secretary, Sir Simon McDonald, we recognised impactful and responsible leadership with the launch of a brand new Award. Our Chief Executive, Peter Unwin, said: "We have launched the WIG Leadership Impact Awards to highlight the huge value that development across the sectors can have on individuals, their teams, their organisations and the wider world."

The judging panel was impressed by the quality and variety of submissions. After narrowing the 17 entries down to six finalists, the panel had a hard time deciding a winner from such an accomplished group. They surprised the audience by awarding not one, but two accolades to winners demonstrating equally impressive, but very different leadership styles. Carol Tullo, Director of Information Policy and Services, The National Archives (TNA) and Daniel Hurst, MAI Strategy Analyst, BAE Systems were presented with the Award. The finalists Tomas Adell - Department of Health (NI) / Northern Ireland Civil Service,  Frank Kirkland - Rolls-Royce, Linda Knutsen - The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), Tim Walker - The General Osteopathic Council, were also recognised.

One of our award winners, Carol Tullo, Director Information Policy and Services, The National Archives, commented:  “I am thrilled to be the first recipient of the leadership impact award. As someone who came in to the civil service later in my career, I found the networking and support offered by WIG to be invaluable. I was able to speak to others in the same position but also to those who had more experience of the civil service and public sector and I found that invaluable. I know that the skills and knowledge I gained from WIG have had a huge impact on the way I work and how I approach my job and leadership responsibilities.”

We would like to thank everyone who send us their applications for the award. Once again, congratulations to all finalists and our winners Carol Tullo and Daniel Hurst.  

Winners of WIG leadership award


The Leadership Impact Award 2017 winners, Carol Tullo and Daniel Hurst, holding their trophies, flanked on the left by WIG Chief Executive Peter Unwin and Award judge and WIG trustee Debbie Alder, DG of HR at DWP. On their right, WIG Chair, Nigel Whitehead, Group MD, Programmes and Support, BAE Systems