WIG – Head of Leadership

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 a taste of life in 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 the Chief Executive, the Head of Leadership role is a unique opportunity to work at the interfaces between business, government and the not-for-profit sector. 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 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.

    Programmes are professionally facilitated, allowing individuals the opportunity to explore their own leadership strengths, whilst considering the similarities and distinctions in how business, government and the not-for-profit sector tackle leadership issues. Cross-sector learning sets give delegates the time and space to work through challenges with others from very different environments, gaining from their perspectives and allowing them to assess what leadership means in the context of their own organisation.

    The Leadership team currently consists of the Head of Leadership, two Leadership Programmes Managers, a Membership & Leadership Executive, a Leadership Programmes Executive and a Leadership Assistant. In addition, we draw on circa 12 external facilitators for delivery, the relationship with whom is held by WIG’s Head of Leadership.
  • Role
    The successful individual will work across the organisation and with their team to lead, develop, manage and deliver the WIG Leadership portfolio. This individual is a key point of contact for WIG members.

    Specific Role Responsibilities

    • Design, deliver and evaluate WIG leadership programmes, in close liaison with WIG members;
    • Managing the Leadership budget and the delivery of revenue against the income target (currently £480,000 net) set for Leadership;
    • 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 3 direct reports), providing leadership, strategic direction and operational line management;
    • Manage all external relationships with circa 12 facilitators who deliver WIG’s programmes and seminars, including negotiating commercial contracts;
    • Improving member experience;
    • Engaging with other WIG Teams, particularly with crosscutting areas such as Marketing and Operations;
    • Contributing to WIG’s strategy, in addition to contributing to oversight and management of WIG’s broader operations;

    The successful candidate will have the opportunity to facilitate programmes and seminars (if desired), but it 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; in addition to contact with other WIG members on Leadership-related engagement;
    • Attendance at other WIG activities, and strategic-level input into pan-WIG fora such as the Training Committee.
  • Person Specification, Values & Behaviours


    • Experience of Leadership Development, Learning & Development or Talent Management in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors;
    • Track record of people leadership and developing teams;
    • Experience of Business Development and operating commercially;
    • Experience of Leadership programme design;
    • 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 & 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 and Employee Benefits

    The position is available on a permanent, full-time basis and is based at our newly refurbished office near St James’s Park. 

    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 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. Part-time staff working fewer than five days per week will have their entitlement assessed on a pro rata basis.

    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 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 reasons for applying and how you meet the criteria by email to Patrick Reihill, Head of Talent, 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 16 September 2019

    First round interviews will be held week commencing Monday 23 September 2019.  

    Second round interviews will be held week commencing Monday 30 September 2019.

    WIG Head of Leadership August 2019.pdf WIG Equalities Monitoring Form.docx