Step Up Step Across, Autumn 2021

Working at the pressed middle of organisations can present a very particular set of challenges and in an increasingly complex environment, these stresses are exacerbated. That’s why we designed the Step Up, Step Across (SUSA) programme. SUSA is equally useful for those who are ready to take the next step up in their career or looking to take on new challenges, as for those who are interested in being refreshed, with renewed energy for their current role.

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"This is a very high quality development programme. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to others - one of the best of my career!" Ciara Magee, PwC


The Step Up Step Across Programme Autumn will run from November 2021 to March 2022. 

If you would like to express your interest for the Programme please download an application form and send it to [email protected] 


  • What will you gain and how does it work?

    How does it work?

    Modular - Four modules over five months will cover experiential learning, theory and practical application. You will have the chance to share, the space to think and the opportunity to practice what you learn. 

    Blended Learning - Working in a small group, you will visit a sponsoring organisation and inquire into the role, impact and development of outstanding managers. You will understand how you can continue to strengthen your capability.

    Development - Support from expert facilitators, leadership coaches and change management consultants and from co-coaching within a group of your peers.


    On the 2018 programme particpants visited Oracle, 3M, HMRC, FCA and Sheffield Hallam University. 


    What will you gain?

    Learn how to raise your own and your team’s performance, and how to contribute to the success of your organisation

    Resilience to meet management challenges

    Personalised, practical tools from leading management thinking

    A peer-group network of co-coaches and critical friends


    Who is this programme for?

    Mid-career professionals (e.g. grade 7-6 in public sector, Heads of departments/Service management)

  • Programme structure
    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. 


    Our next programme will run from November 2021 to March 2022. 

    Programme timeline: 

    Module 1: 17-18 November 2021.

    Module 2: 11-12 January 2021.

    Module 3: 9-10 February 2021.

    Module 4: 24 March 2021.


    Early bird application date: 23 August 2021. Final Application deadline: 4 October 2021 (for applications after this date – please see the web site or email [email protected]).



  • Facilitators

    The team on this programme bring a range of skills to help you boost your leadership potential:


    Read an interview with Julian Powe, Programme Director, WIG Step Up Step Across (SUSA) – Leading and Performing in Complex Times  

  • Testimonials & Participating Organisations


    Toni Clark, HMRC

    Organisations who have participated in the last three years:

    Central Government

    Private Sector

    Cabinet Office



    BAE Systems plc

    Defence Infrastructure Organisation


    Browne Jacobson

    Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

    BT Group

    Department for Culture, Media & Sport

    Jaguar Land Rover


    John Lewis Partnership

    Foreign & Commonwealth Office


    Government Digital Service


    HM Revenue & Customs



    Home Office

    The Co-operative Group

    Ministry of Defence


    Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government


    Broader Public and Not-for-Profit 

    Competition and Markets Authority

    Office of Rail and Road

    Croydon Council


    City of London Corporation


    Companies House

    Oxfordshire County Council

    Compassion in Dying

    Payment Systems Regulator

    Financial Conduct Authority

    Public Health England

    Health and Safety Executive

    St John Ambulance

    Health & Safety Laboratory

    The Animal and Plant Health Agency

    HM Inspectorate of Constabulary

    Torfaen Borough Council

    London Fire Brigade


    NHS England



  • Fees & apply now!


    Member fee: £5,400+VAT.

    Non-member fee: £7,150+VAT.

    Charity/alumni fee: £4,100+VAT.

    The fee includes lunch and refreshments for all modules, one individual coaching session, membership of the WIG Alumni Network and all programme materials. The fee will also cover a group dinner at the end of one of the modules.

    Please contact WIG if you are unsure whether or not your organisation is a member.


    How do I apply?

    Download the application form and email to leadership team.

    Early bird application date: 23 August 2021. Final Application deadline: 4 October 2021 (for applications after this date – please see the web site or email [email protected]).

    If you would like to discuss whether the programme is suitable for you please call the WIG office on 020 7222 1166 and ask to speak to Catherine Taylor or email the leadership team.