To increase trust, understanding and collaboration between all sectors to enable improved outcomes and solutions for the benefit of society as a whole. 


A cultural shift, where learning, mutual understanding and collaboration are at the heart of how business, government and the not-for-profit sector engage with each other for the greater good.


Our mission is to encourage individuals and, through them, their organisations to work together across the sectors to inspire better leadership, make better-informed decisions and find better solutions which benefit society.

We do this by providing a trusted environment that adheres to the highest standards of probity in which leaders are exposed to cross-sector perspectives through the transfer of knowledge, skills and experience. In so doing we will offer the opportunity for connections, collaboration and mutual learning, and we will use the support of those that have benefited to advance our purpose.  


We deliver our purpose in a variety of ways, all underpinned by three core values – Creative, Open-minded and Trusted. We do our utmost to ensure that these run through all the work we do externally, whilst at the same time embodying these principles internally to maintain a culture and climate where all at WIG feel supported, challenged and inspired to fulfil the vital role we all play in delivering our charitable purpose.

The four principles behind WIG's cross-sector work

We actively create opportunities to experience the impact of learning, understanding and co-creation of solutions amongst diverse participants from across the sectors.

We use our convening power to bring the right people in the room from a diverse range of organisations to share, learn and find solutions to common challenges. We do this by:

  • Creating forums and space for the effective transfer of skills and knowledge between the sectors
  • Providing timely, topical briefings from the top of civil service, business, academia and the voluntary sector
  • Connecting regional administrations, local government and devolved governments to Whitehall
  • Enabling active learning between leaders and future leaders through facilitated cross-sector programmes and placements
  • Championing cross-sector careers and learning by raising awareness of the positive impact on individuals and organisations.

One of the lovely things about WIG is that people really understand and get what it's all about. We all see the potential for a major mismatch between the thinking of policy makers in central government teams and some of the practical things that industry have to deal with on a day to day basis. The chances are that we are ships that miss in the night. This is where WIG comes in.

Nigel Whitehead, Chief Technology Officer, BAE Systems; former WIG Chair

Key stakeholders & members share their experiences of WIG