Head of Leadership Development, The Whitehall & Industry Group

The Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG), a registered charity, is an independent, not-for-profit corporate membership organisation. Our philosophy is underpinned by our values: Creative, Open-minded and Trusted.

Our charitable purpose of promoting mutual understanding between the sectors is delivered through a range of activities in the following three areas:

• Events and networks – briefings, roundtables, workshops and conferences to explore latest policy and share best practice from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors;
• Talent – offering the transfer of experience and expertise to another sector through mentoring, secondments, Non-Executive appointments and charity Trustee roles;
• Leadership – developing leadership skills at all career levels in a cross-sector environment.

Reporting to WIG’s Chief Executive, the Head of Leadership Development role is a unique opportunity to work at the interfaces between business, government and the not-for-profit sector. You will have the chance to help a diverse range of individuals and organisations to develop and realise how different options can help them and their teams develop in different ways.

Taking ownership and responsibility for the management and continuing development of our Leadership programmes and seminars, the successful candidate will work across a rich and diverse portfolio.

  • Context
    WIG has set out an ambitious strategy for 2020 to 2023, which commenced in April this year. This includes:

    • Rebalancing private sector engagement;
    • Delivering more value to members digitally;
    • Embedding our WIG values and new ways of thinking;
    • Improving our operational effectiveness, efficiency and performance measurement;
    • Increased discipline with regard to focused output.

    WIG has been developing leaders for over 30 years, giving individuals across the sectors the practical skills, understanding, networks and confidence to take the next steps in their leadership journey. As part of our charitable purpose, individuals have the opportunity to build peer group networks across industries and sectors as they learn with and from other leaders.

    Over the past number of years, WIG has strengthened the quality of programme experience and markedly improved the diversity of delegates, which has led to sustainable growth.

    Our Leadership portfolio includes:

    • Longer-term programmes – an opportunity for leaders at all levels to realise their potential and broaden horizons;
    • One-day Development Seminars – practical workshops tackling specific aspects of leadership;
    • Organisational Raids – a one-day visit for up to twenty people to an organisation in another sector to learn about their approach to a shared issue.
  • Role
    The successful individual will work across the organisation and with their team to lead, develop, manage and deliver the WIG Leadership portfolio. They will ensure that a growing number of organisations both within and outside our membership engage with our programmes, seminars and raids.

    Our Leadership team delivers something different to our members and customers – an opportunity to experience and work with other sectors whilst expanding the range and breadth of their expertise. We have programmes tailored to individuals at a range of levels – from early career right up to C-level.

    As well as responsibility for the Leadership portfolio, the successful individual will be an active member of WIG’s Senior Leadership Team, contributing to WIG’s wider strategy and projects.
  • Role Responsibilities

    Specific Role Responsibilities

    • Design, deliver and evaluate WIG leadership programmes, in close liaison with WIG members and our faculty;
    • Managing the Leadership budget and the delivery of revenue against the income target (currently £435,000 net) set for Leadership Development;
    • Develop new WIG Leadership offerings in line with both wider marketplace developments and WIG member expectations;
    • Ability to generate commercial opportunities within WIG’s charitable purpose, ensuring that our programmes reach a diverse range of organisations and individuals;
    • Manage the Leadership team (including 4 direct reports), providing leadership, strategic direction and operational line management, including resourcing;
    • Manage all external relationships with our faculty of circa 12 facilitators who deliver WIG’s programmes and seminars, including negotiating commercial contracts and overseeing content design;
    • Improving member experience;
    • Integrating with other WIG Teams, particularly with crosscutting areas such as Marketing and Operations;
    • Contributing to WIG’s strategy delivery, in addition to contributing to oversight and management of WIG’s broader operations as an active member of the Senior Leadership Team.

    The successful candidate will have the opportunity to facilitate programmes and seminars (if desired), but this is not a core component of the role.

    WIG Relationship Management and other WIG Activities

    • You will have personal responsibility for the relationship management of about 20 WIG members from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors – ensuring that they get the very best value from membership;
    • Attendance at other WIG activities, and strategic-level input into pan-WIG fora such as the Strategy & Finance Group and the Training Committee.
  • Person Specification, Values and Behaviours


    • Experience of Leadership Development or Learning & Development in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors;
    • Track record of people leadership and developing teams;
    • Experience of active engagement with organisations to ensure take-up of Leadership Development programmes and Learning & Development interventions;
    • Experience of Leadership Development programme design and building relationships with facilitators;
    • Ability to understand facilitation;
    • Experience of online learning;
    • Excellent organisational and project management skills, combined with attention to detail;
    • Experience of running a number of different projects simultaneously;
    • Good communication and presentation skills;
    • Experience of developing and managing relationships with senior-level executives;
    • Excellent inter-personal skills – an adaptable style to suit different people, cultures and situations;
    • Desire to get involved in wider WIG projects and activities;
    • Willingness to work some additional hours, including attending early morning and evening events, and travel to WIG events and programmes outside London (sometimes necessitating overnight stays);
    • A strong interest in government, business and charities, their interaction, and the value of cross-sector learning.


    • HR professional qualifications;
    • Experience of proposal and bid writing;
    • Experience of chairing and facilitation.

    Values and Behaviours

    • Embodiment of WIG Values internally and externally – Creative, Open-minded, Trusted;
    • Flexibility – need for an ‘all hands to the pump’ attitude when the organisation is particularly busy.

    You will have the opportunity for personal development. WIG invests in the training of its staff, and all are expected to show commitment to personal learning and professional development.

  • Terms of Employment, Benefits and How to apply

    The position is available on a permanent, full-time basis and is based at our refurbished office near St James’s Park. We offer a flexible working space, with an environment designed for various types of work.

    A salary of between £50,000 to £60,000 (dependent on skills and experience) will be payable. A suite of benefits is available to WIG employees, including an interest-free annual season ticket loan, 5% pension contribution, a BUPA ‘Classic’ health check every two years, employee support programme and complimentary fresh fruit & vegetables in the office. 

    Holiday entitlement for full-time employees is 25 working days per year. Staff who have completed two years’ service are entitled to 27 working days per year.

    In addition to the above entitlement, staff receive extra leave over Christmas when the office is closed.

    WIG is keen to ensure that we appoint someone with the right skills, experience and commitment and is always willing to consider flexible working arrangements (including reduced hours working) for the right candidate.

    How to Apply

    • Please apply with a CV, Equalities Monitoring Form (downloadable below) and cover letter (maximum 500 words), setting out your motivations for applying and how you meet the criteria by email to Patrick Reihill, Head of Talent at The Whitehall & Industry Group – [email protected]
    • If you have any questions about this opportunity, or would value a confidential discussion, please contact Patrick Reihill, Head of Talent, The Whitehall & Industry Group on 020 7222 1166 or [email protected]
    • The deadline for applications is midday, Monday 21 September 2020.
    • First round virtual interviews will be held week commencing Monday 28 September 2020.
    • Second round virtual interviews will be held week commencing Monday 5 October 2020.
    WIG Head of Leadership Development Job Description September 2020.pdf


    WIG Equalities Monitoring Form.docx