Simon Ancona enjoyed a full career in the Royal Navy including service in the Fleet Air Arm and appointments abroad in both Hong Kong and Bahrain. He commanded 4 warships, the UK’s Carrier Strike Group and UK maritime forces in the Middle East but also spent about 10 years in Whitehall including time in Ministerial outer office. His final appointment was as the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff in charge of world-wide defence diplomacy and engagement. On leaving the military he worked as the Chief Operating Officer responsible for Network Rail’s North East London and Anglia region, which provided experience of commercial delivery and the challenges of operating at the seam of both the public and private sector. Married to Lisa he lives in South London and has two university aged children. Interests include cycling, walking, theatre, cooking, books and playing the blues Harmonica (normally when the house is empty).
Simon writes a CEO Blog for WIG on topics that he identifies as relevant to and impacting on our members.
Alexandra joined WIG in October 2020 as Chief Operating Officer, where she is responsible for overseeing WIG's internal functions as well as contributing to WIG's wider work. She has a background in academia, where she completed a doctorate in applied mathematics at St Andrews University, and in the civil service. Over twelve years, she worked in a range of government departments from HM Treasury to the Department for Education and Defra, as well as running the Independent Commission for Aid Impact.
Alexandra is an alumna of WIG’s Women’s Leadership Programme, a trustee of Target Ovarian Cancer and a governor of Queen's Gate School. In her spare time, she loves music and takes every opportunity to go away hillwalking - she has climbed nearly all of Scotland's Munros!
Andrew works with the Head of Membership and the Relationship Managers, supporting WIG membership growth, engagement strategy and the member experience.
Prior to joining WIG, Andrew spent several years working in membership development and retention roles for professional membership bodies in the not-for-profit sector (The Law Society, The Institute of Directors and BritishAmerican Business).
Andrew is a graduate of Cardiff University with a BSc(Econ) in European Studies. Outside of WIG, Andrew enjoys travelling abroad and spending time with friends and family. He loves to follow anything to do with Aviation, Politics and Football.
Cat leads WIG’s Marketing and Data team which supports the organisation to improve member engagement and maximise opportunities for growth. The team is focused on developing a customer-centric approach to communications, that’s underpinned by data and the wants and needs of our members.
Cat started her career in science and healthcare communications after graduating with a first class BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham. She worked agency-side, supporting clients with their international communications and lead-gen strategies. Prior to joining WIG in January 2021, Cat spent a number of years leading high-profile, public-facing health engagement programmes, particularly focused on the UK diabetes crisis, and led Marketing, Content, Brand and PR functions in medical research charities.
Outside of work, you’ll find Cat outdoors. She’s a lover of the British coastal path and photography; things which can only be trumped by tea, chocolate and crumpets.
Katy manages our Talent function, designed to maximise cross-sector learning through operational exposure and one-to-one coaching. Within this she helps co-ordinate and run the Charity Next programme, arrange and facilitate both secondments and mentoring opportunities between sectors. She also directly recruits as part of NED and Trustee recruitment.
Before joining WIG, Katy worked as a Director for Badenoch & Clark, a specialist professional services recruitment company, personally specialising in senior level recruitment to Social Housing, Not-For-Profit and Local Government, as well as sitting on their operational board.
She sits on a customer committee for a Housing Association, and as a Trustee for a Grant Giving Charity. And in her spare time, when not looking after her three children, she enjoys swimming, running and skiing.
As Event & Content Manager, Leo is responsible for producing and managing a wide range of WIG events. Prior to joining WIG, Leo was Head of Events at the PRCA, the professional association for the PR and communications industry.
In his spare time Leo enjoys gardening and spending time in the allotment with his greyhound, Del. He also plays drums in an indie-blues band.
Lydia is Head of Membership. She builds and maintains relationships across WIG's member organisations to maximise engagement and the benefit they get from their corporate membership. She is also responsible for ensuring the membership itself is balanced and reflective of the UK economy comprising representation from all key sectors.
Prior to this, Lydia was in WIG’s Talent team where she was the Director of the Charity Next programme, facilitating secondments for future leaders of the public sector into the not-for-profit sector. She also organised placements for senior leaders and brokered cross-sector mentoring partnerships.
Before WIG, Lydia was Project Manager at a think tank also with a mission to improve collaboration between the sectors, where she focused on tackling UK financial reform and climate change. Lydia achieved a 1st-Class degree in Arabic and French and uses her language skills outside of WIG to support a range of organisations in the UK and abroad, working to improve the lives of refugees. She is also a Fellow of the Charityworks Not-For-Profit Leadership Development Programme, through which she currently mentors trainees.
As a Leadership Programme Executive, Federica supports the organisation and delivery of some of our development seminars.
Federica graduated from the University of Bologna with a BA in Political, Social and International Sciences. She has a keen interest in conflict transformation and sustainable development which drove her to study peace and conflict for her Master of Arts at the University of Leiden. Prior to joining WIG she worked as an intern for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.
Outside WIG Federica loves art, archaeology, discovering new music, and food.
Roy manages our Future Leaders Programme, designed to boost early leadership potential and, looks after our early career offer. He also runs WIG’s one day ‘Organisational Raids’ programme, providing him with invaluable expertise in structuring programmes and teams to make the most of cross-sector learning opportunities.
Before joining us Roy worked for IBM as a technical specialist, managed Industrial Trainees and recruited for IBM’s graduate development programme.
He volunteers for Cyber Champions and supports its mission to help school children stay safe online.
Harry works within both the Leadership and Membership departments. He is responsible for co-ordinating and the delivery of all of WIG's leadership programmes. On the membership side Harry deals with the renewal process, responds to member enquiries and provides support to relationship managers.
Prior to joining WIG Harry worked for Spire Healthcare within the NHS department assisting with all NHS outsourcing and previously spent 7 months travelling South East Asia and Australia. Harry graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA degree in International Relations and History. Outside of WIG he enjoys playing football, golf and skiing.
As Event & Content Manager, Stephanie is responsible for producing and managing a wide range of WIG events across a number of networks. Before joining WIG, Stephanie worked in the events industry producing conferences on different aspects of the global sustainability agenda such as circular economy, waste management, and decarbonisation of the shipping industry.
Stephanie holds a doctorate from the School of Politics & International Relations at Queen Mary College, and taught on undergraduate courses including ‘The International Political Economy of Development’ prior to embarking on her events career. When she’s not in the office, Stephanie can be found exploring London’s museums and art galleries with her daughter.
Charlotte graduated from King’s College London with a BA Degree in Philosophy including an academic year abroad at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Upon graduating, Charlotte returned to Los Angeles where she spent three years working as a professional dancer and choreographer. She returned to London in November 2020 and will be returning to King’s in September 2021 to complete a Masters in Public Policy. Outside of WIG, Charlotte choreographs and teaches dance classes for London based studios and enjoys knitting.
Katie is the Personal Assistant for both, our Chief Executive Simon and our Deputy Chief Executive Fiona. She provides support to the wider team by managing diaries, communicating with members, preparing presentations and coordinating Board papers.
Prior to joining WIG Katie lived in Devon where she worked in Commissioning for the NHS as a Business Manager/Personal Assistant.
In her free time, Katie enjoys baking and decorating cakes.
Gina supports our members and non-members through organising a range of development opportunities and making sure the processes behind them work efficiently. Anything from our one day Masterclasses to our longer bespoke Leadership Programmes which are designed and tailored to specific member’s learning and development needs.
For nearly a decade, Gina has dedicated herself solely to the voluntary sector. Since her move to the UK from Colombia, Gina has worked implementing projects at several leading NGOs, including Girlguiding UK, Amnesty International and Peace Brigades. Gina graduated from Birkbeck University with a BA degree in Politics, Philosophy and History, going on to study postgraduate qualifications including an MA in Human Rights.
In her spare time, she loves dancing around the house, practicing yoga, and is a devoted wife and mother to two sons and a daughter.
As Director of Strategic Engagement, Tom is responsible for overseeing the WIG Events & Content team and the Membership team. The main focus is to ensure WIG continues to be the leading platform for constructive collaboration between government, industry and the not-for-profit sector. Tom originally joined as Head of Content and Events in 2017.
Before joining WIG, Tom worked across both government and industry. He ran the energy division for a commercial conference company, worked within the Department for International Trade, and developed new business for an independent TV production company that worked exclusively with not for profits.
Tom graduated from UCL with a BA Hons in History and subsequently picked up a Masters in International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck. Outside of WIG, Tom is a keen Tottenham Hotspur fan and spends time exercising, and walking his dog.
As Events and Content assistant, Chirag supports with the logistical and administrative side of running our events and managing digital content. Chirag is currently on placement from the University of Bath where he studies Bsc Politics with Economics.
Outside of WIG, Chirag enjoys playing football and loves to sing.
Catherine is Head of Leadership overseeing all of WIG’s L&D offers to our members and beyond. This includes our flagship cross-sector leadership development programmes, organisational raids and Learning Exchange Groups between the public, private and not for profit sectors, our personal development masterclasses and many bespoke L&D programmes for our members.
Before she joined WIG, Catherine spent a decade as a Civil Servant in the government's marketing agency following an international career in the private sector including Global Marketing Director for Durex and European Marketing Director for Yahoo!
Outside of WIG, she is an advocate for children with special needs and enjoys cooking (and of course the eating).
Vicky is our Digital Marketing Manager and leads on the marketing of WIG’s offer to members and non-members — working collaboratively with the team to deliver data driven approaches, which improve member engagement and maximise opportunities of growth. She also manages WIG’s digital presence across the website, email marketing and social media.
Prior to joining WIG, Vicky spent a number of years at a leading medical research charity, delivering the marketing and communications for many of their key strategic campaigns, products and services to raise awareness, recruit new supporters and increase retention.
Outside of the office, she enjoys baking, video games and watching musicals!