WIG – Leadership Programmes Manager

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 Head of Leadership, this role presents a unique opportunity to work at the interfaces between business, government and the not-for-profit sector. Playing a key role in 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 associate consultants for delivery.
  • Role
    The successful individual will work across the organisation and with the team to develop, manage and deliver the WIG Leadership portfolio. This individual is a key point of contact for WIG members.

    Specific Role Responsibilities

    • Support the design, delivery and evaluation of WIG leadership programmes, in close liaison with the Head of Leadership and other relevant stakeholders;
    • Work with the Head of Leadership to oversee the operations of the Exchange and Senior Leadership programmes, taking lead responsibility for working closely with the associate consultants regarding the arrangements and smooth running of the programmes;
    • Play a key role in the recruitment of delegates across WIG programme offerings and develop a recruitment strategy in order to do so;
    • Establish strong relationships with stakeholders in order to build networks to support the sourcing of potential delegates;
    • Ensure that WIG leadership programme offerings are aligned with WIG diversity and inclusion values, in terms of both delegates and programme content;
    • Support the launch of new WIG Leadership offerings in line with both wider marketplace developments, WIG member expectations and our charitable purpose;
    • Work with the Head of Leadership to support in the management of external relationships with circa 12 associate consultants, who deliver WIG’s programmes and seminars, including negotiating commercial contracts;
    • Improving delegate experience; to identify any potential developments to WIG leadership programme and seminar offerings;
    • Engaging with other WIG Teams, particularly with crosscutting areas such as Marketing and Operations;
    • Contributing to the Leadership Team and WIG’s strategy.

    The successful candidate will have the opportunity to assist in facilitating programmes and seminars (if desired), but it is not a core component of the role.
  • WIG Relationship Management and other WIG Activities

    •    The successful individual will have personal responsibility for the relationship management of about 5 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 events, as required.

  • Person Specification


    •    Experience of managing Leadership Development, Learning & Development activities or Talent Management in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors;
    •    Ability to build relationships in order to construct strong networks at all levels across organisations;
    •    Ability to identify potential opportunities for collaboration on development projects that align with WIG purpose and values;
    •    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.


    •    Leadership Development, Learning & Development and/or coaching training/qualifications;
    •    Experience of facilitating meetings and/or learning activities.

    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.

  • Application Process, Terms of Employment and Employee Benefits

    •    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 Marcia Hazzard, Head of Leadership, The Whitehall & Industry Group – [email protected] 
    •    If you have any questions about this opportunity, or would value a confidential discussion, please contact Marcia Hazzard, Head of Leadership, The Whitehall & Industry Group on 020 7222 1166 or [email protected]  
    •    The deadline for applications is midday, Monday 10 February 2020.   
    •    First round interviews will be held week commencing Monday 17 February 2020.  
    •    Second round interviews will be held week commencing Monday 24 February 2020. 

    WIG Leadership Programmes Manager Job Description January 2020.pdf WIG Equalities Monitoring Form.docx


    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 £34,000 to £38,000 (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.