Previously a Lecturer and Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London, Helen is fascinated by how we understand age and identity, especially relating to the career.
Helen is an experienced Executive Coach with a particular interest in professional identity, the lifecycle and change. She is currently completing the Ashridge Business School programme Coaching for Organization Consultants.
Prior to joining WIG as Head of Talent in 2015, Helen ran the Public Sector and Education practice at an international headhunting company. She advised on many high profile appointments including Heads of Oxford Colleges, Council Members of Russell Group Universities, and various public and private sector Non-Executive Directorships. Her recruiting and advisory experience goes back to 2000.
Previously she lectured in History at King’s College London, where she undertook her doctoral and post-doctoral studies. She has degrees from Cambridge University, The Courtauld Institute, and King’s College London. Her charitable activities are in education and mentoring.
Helen is delighted to hear from any of our WIG Members about how we can help nurture the talent in your organisation, and from individuals looking for career advice and direction.
Samira manages WIG’s relationship with the Charity Sector and is the Director of Charity Next. Charity Next, established by The Prince's Charities Foundation, is an initiative to improve understanding between the sectors through Secondments. The scheme, managed by WIG, gives leaders and future leaders in the private and public sectors the opportunity to contribute their skills and enthusiasm to key posts in the voluntary sector, in order to facilitate an exchange of expertise, build greater mutual understanding and encourage closer working. Samira also manages WIG’s wider secondments offer across all sectors.
Prior to joining WIG in 2015, Samira was working on the Tower of London Remembers Poppy Project as Project Co-ordinator. She lead the recruitment of 33,000 volunteers to assist with the installation of all 888,246 ceramic poppies in November 2014. Samira stems from a background within the Cultural and Heritage sector and has previously held roles within the Royal Household, The Museum of London Group and Historic Royal Palace Enterprises Ltd.
She graduated from City University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology. She is a freelance professional makeup artist and dedicates her time outside of WIG on editorial makeup shoots.
Lorna is the dedicated support for the Talent Team, helping to co-ordinate the Charity Next programme as well as our Recruitment and Mentoring services.
She is the Lead for Talent Insights: a scheme that allows 3-5 days to be spent in another sector, shadowing a peer or learning how another organisation tackles particular challenges. As such she identifies the ideal host for candidates seeking a short insight into another sector.
Lorna is passionate about Inclusion and Diversity, and is advising on the WIG D&I Network programme of events this year.
She graduated in 2016 from the University of Greenwich, having read History and Politics.
Patrick manages the Non-Executive recruitment process for WIG. He supports our members and non-members to streamline their recruitment campaigns to ensure the right candidate is matched to their requirements specified. He also advises individuals on potential mentoring and secondment opportunities.
Prior to joining WIG, Patrick worked for an international headhunting company, where he led on senior appointments on behalf of Central Government, Educational Institutions, Housing Associations and Charities, in addition to a range of organisations in the Private Sector.
Patrick graduated from Oxford University with a BA Hons in History and Politics. Outside of WIG, Patrick is a founder and Club Secretary of a Sunday League Football team and is also a keen fan of Arsenal Football Club.