Exchange Programme 2021
A unique programme, run in partnership with the Cabinet Office, for leaders from across the sectors, that includes Director Generals from the Civil Service, senior Directors in the private sector and CEOs in the wider public and third sector.
"A refreshing opportunity to think laterally and engage in new ideas. Running the course over a year creates bonds, relationships, understanding and trust amongst the group. The diversity of backgrounds, roles and personalities brought the topics to life." David Walker, Citi
Exchange Programme testimonial: David Walker, Citi
To express your interest in the Exchange programme e-mail to [email protected].
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What will you gain and how does it work?
Bringing people together and especially from different sectors, as Exchange does, can be a very creative process. Participants are able to explore the differences and, just as frequently, the similarities of their experiences and challenges. This leads to their re-thinking some fundamental assumptions and opening their minds to other worlds.
It is a chance to dig deeper, to suspend judgment, to challenge preconceived assumptions and approach things from a fresh perspective. It can also make people reassess their roles as citizens. Overall it enables participants to reflect on the role of society, the economy and their leadership in a more holistic and integrated way.
Participants gain confidence through sharing the way they each are dealing with a range of critical challenges and demands, often with similar underlying issues. They are able to compare approaches to the inevitable constraints and distractions that come with operating at a senior level. In this way they develop a greater respect for and understanding of each other’s roles and the fields in which they operate.
Exchange is a rare opportunity to work with a broad range of individuals across both the public and private sectors. Key to the process is encouraging delegates themselves to manage the agenda and thereby focus on where they are most interested and will gain most benefit.
The combination of people from different disciplines and with a wide variety of roles makes for a powerful whole. It is a great opportunity for people to form strong and lasting relationships as they begin to understand, trust and respect each other.
Who is this programme for?
Senior Directors in the private sector, Director General in Civil Service and CEOs in the wider public and third sector.
Note: Director General applications from the Civil Service are processed by the Cabinet Office, get in touch to find out who to contact.
This programme takes a collaborative approach and the success relies as much on the attitude, engagement and commitment of participants as on the input or expertise of speakers and facilitators.
Module 1: 8th (from 13:00) & 9th March 2021
Module 2: 6th & 7th May 2021
Module 3: 5th & 6th July 2021
Module 4: 23rd & 24th September 2021
Module 5: 18th & 19th October 2021
Module 6: 6th and 7th December 2021
The first date is an evening session only (unless stated otherwise) and the second day is a full-day session.
The team on this programme bring a range of skills to help you stretch your thinking and broaden your perspectives:
Testimonials & Participating Organisations
Video: WIG Leadership Programme Delegate Mark Langdale
Organisations who have participated in the last three years:
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
BAE Systems plc
Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
BT Global Services UK
Department for Communities and Local Government
Department for Education
Department for International Development
Department for International Trade
Jaguar Land Rover
Department for Transport
Department of Health
Government Legal Department
HM Revenue & Customs
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Justice
Scotch Whiskey Association
Prime Minister's Office
Shell UK Ltd.
The Scottish Government
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc
United Utilities plc
Broader Public and Not-for-Profit
Bank of England
Warwick Business School
Centre for Ageing Better
Welsh Ambulance Service
Office of Fair Trading
Fees & apply now!
Member fee: £7,000 + VAT
How do I express my interest?
If you would like to discuss whether the programme is suitable or if you're interested in nominating someone then please call the WIG office on 020 7222 1166 and ask to speak to Catherine Taylor or Danielle Wallace or email the leadership team.